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Sule: Van Dijk is world’s best defender


Bayern Munich centre-back Niklas Sule has hailed Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk as the best defender in the world.

Van Dijk, 28, joined the Reds from Southampton in January 2018 in a then record-breaking transfer for a defender and played a pivotal role in their Champions League triumph last season.


As well as a mainstay in the starting XI for the Premier League leaders, he is captain of the Netherlands national team and was named runner-up to Lionel Messi in last year’s Best FIFA Men’s Player award.

Sule is in no doubt that the former Groningen and Celtic star is the top defender in the game currently and the Germany international hopes to follow Van Dijk’s example.

“Virgil van Dijk went to Liverpool at 27 and took the step to become the best defender in the world. He is now at the top at just under 30,” the 24-year-old said in an interview with Bayern’s 51 magazine.

“As a central defender, you have your best phase from the mid-20s. You have the necessary experience and clarity, at the same time you are physically in top shape.


“I want to take the next big step in the next two or three years. And when people say that I belong the best in the world, I’m happy. That’s my goal.

“I will work hard on myself, then it will be up to me whether I become one of the best central defenders in the world or not.”

Sule joined Bayern from Hoffenheim in 2017 on a five-year contract and has made 96 appearances for the Bundesliga giants.


Although he was a regular starter under former coach Niko Kovac, he has been out of action since October after suffering a cruciate ligament injury.

He is confident that he is on the way back to full fitness, however, as he has had extra time to recover due to the lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“I am on the home stretch with the rehab training. Even if it is a difficult time, I feel good,” he added.



Ighalo, fit to play at Barcelona, Real Madrid – Sule

Abdul Sule believes Odion Ighalo could earn a ‘big money move’ in Europe after his Manchester United stint, although the player is reportedly being offered an improved deal to return to Shanghai Shenhua.

Ighalo has joined the English outfit on a temporary deal on the final day of the January transfer window to beef up the attack until the end of the season, a contract which expires on May 31.

The 30-year-old striker, who was a boyhood fan of Machester United, has made an impressive start to life at Old Trafford, scoring four times in eight appearances.

“I see Odion Ighalo earning a big-money move from top European teams when his loan expires at Manchester United,” Sule to Goal.

“I don’t think Man United are keen on retaining him because they seem not to value him enough to put hand him a regular place. He also may not be wanted again when Marcus Rashford is fit.

“I will not advise him to return to China now despite the attractive offer but would urge him to stay in Europe. I won’t be surprised if Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Madrid or Barcelona come for him.

“He has proven that he’s got a lot to offer at the highest level within his short stay at Man United and he can attract big brands and earn more money, playing in any of the top teams in England.

“He can always still return to China later in his career but right now, I think he has what it takes to shine in Europe.”


Withdrawing Military from affected areas could cause more disaster – Sule, Ortom plea

…no mock exam candidate should be asked to pay ‘N6500’ extra fee

Governors Abdullahi Sule and Samuel Ortom of Nasarawa and Benue states have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari not to withdraw the military operation “Operation Whirl Strokes” in the two states.

The governors made the appeal, yesterday, at a joint security meeting of the two states in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.

Ortom and Sule also disclosed that they have written formally to the authorities concerned to stay put on the withdrawal till the situations on the border line of the two states improves.

Leading discussion on the matter, Governor Sule suggested to the federal government to give the two states another two years to work on a complete master plan for the return of peace among citizens of the states living on the border line.

Sule, argued that the withdrawal of the Operation Whirl Strokes at the moment as planned by the government would not augur well to the affected communities as security in such areas was still fragile.

However, he applauded his Benue State counterpart, Ortom, for embracing the federal government’s National Livestock Transformation Programme (NLTP) which according to him, “its implementation would go a long way to mitigating the skirmishes between herders and farmers in the two states.”

Also speaking, Ortom insisted that the Benue State anti-open grazing prohibitation and ranching law had come to stay in the state,. However, he called on governments at all levels in the country to support herdmen with incentives as been done to farmers.

Ortom appreciated his host, Governor Sule, for initiating the peace process for the two states and pledged to be committed to anything that will add peace to them.

The Emir of Lafia and Chairman of the Nasarawa State Traditional Council, Justice Sidi Bage (retd), on his part appealed to the Benue State governor to review the state’s anti-open grazing prohibition and ranching law.

The monarch, however, commended the governor and people of the state for coming up with the anti-open grazing prohibition and ranching law.

to protect their lives and property.

Meanwhile, Ortom has directed the State Examination Board to immediately revert to the old registration fee of N4,500 for mock Senior School Certificate Examination in the state.

This was contained in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr Terver Akase, on Sunday in Makurdi.

Before the development, secondary school final year students have been instructed by the state examination board to pay the sum of N6,500 instead of the N4,500 previously paid.

Samuel Ortom – Benue (Left) & Abdullahi Sule – Nassarawa (Right)

He also directed the Ministry of Education to ensure that school principals strictly comply with the directive.

“No candidate for the mock examination in the state should be asked to pay the new fee of N6,500”, Ortom warned.


Nassarawa govt inaugurate 24-member committee over minimum wage

Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nassarawa State on Tuesday inaugurated a 24-member committee to work out modalities for the implementation of the new minimum wage in the state.

NobleReporters learnt that the committee is chaired by Dr Emmanuel Akabe, the state Deputy Governor.

The committee has 11 representatives from government and 13 from the organised labour.

Speaking at the inauguration, the governor said the committee was set up in fulfillment of his promise to improve living conditions of workers through better welfare package.

“This is in line with our determination to improve the welfare of public servants as they are the cornerstone for the implementation of government policies and programmes.

“We have continued to make consultation on how to implement the new minimum wage in the state,” he said.

Sule charged the committee to be guided by the revenue accruals to the state vis-à-vis its ability to pay the minimum wage

According to him, the terms of reference of the committee are to obtain and study the National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Act, 2019 and the consequential adjustment at the federal level.

Others, he said, are to obtain and study copies of agreements reached between the Federal Government and the organised labour in line with the consequential adjustment/increase in all the salary structures.

“To liaise with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment (if necessary) for technical assistance on the implementation of the new minimum wage for the state,” the governor said.

He said that the committee had three weeks to complete its assignment and submit report for prompt action.

He assured the state workers that a committee to consider implementation of outstanding promotion arrears and proper placements of the civil servants would be inaugurated on Jan. 13.

Gov. Abdullahi Sule

Comrade Yusuf Iya, the State’s Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), commended the governor for the steps so far taken toward the implementation of the new national minimum wage.

Iya, who is also a member of the committee, however, expressed hope that the template used at the federal level would be adopted by the committee.


Christian Persecution: Gov Sule Abdullahi Assures Nassarawa CAN.

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule has assured Christians in the state that he is Governor for all citizens irrespective of religious beliefs.

The Governor gave the assurance while hosting the leadership of the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), led by its Chairman, Bishop Dr. Joseph Masin, who paid him a courtesy call at the Government House on Tuesday.

Engineer Sule emphasized that he is Governor for all, be it Muslims or Christians, stressing that he strongly believed that the world was created for everyone to leave in peace with each other.

He noted that though he is a devoted Muslim from a devoted Muslim home, he still remains a student of Christianity, having attended a Catholic primary school in Gudi, his country home, as well as stayed in a parish while attending university in the United States.

Engineer Sule said he is not the kind of person who will criticise or say anything negative about other religions.

“I am a devoted Muslim but I am a Christian student. I started my Christian studies in my primary school because I went to a Roman Catholic primary school in Gudi. From there at the US while at the university, I actually lived in a parish,” he stated.

While thanking the leadership of CAN for paying the visit at a time when Christians are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, he said for the rest of his life, his work is to see how people will live in peace with one another and how they can become independent in life.

Earlier in an opening remark, state Chairman of CAN, Bishop Dr. Joseph Masin, said the purpose of the visit by a representative of the entire Christians in the state was to show appreciation to the Governor for being Christian friendly.

While thanking Engineer Sule for relating well with Christians in the state, Bishop Masin, represented by the Secretary of the association, announced that a special day will be set aside where Christians in the state will give the Governor an award.

“I bring you the Christmas and New Year greetings on behalf of the entire Christian community in Nasarawa state.
“We are glad that you are able to spare a moment from your tight schedule, a special time to see us, to come today as representatives of the entire Christians in Nasarawa state to appreciate you for being Christian friendly,” the CAN Chairman said.

The CAN chairman used the opportunity to show appreciation to the Governor for carrying the Christian community along.

“We specially want to thank you for increasing the number of pilgrims this year. We thank you again for finding time to visit our secretariat and other places of worship in Lafia.

Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule

“We thank you for supplying rice to the state CAN, as well as women and youth wings of CAN across the 13 LGAs for Christmas celebration. We want to thank you for expanding the horizon of learning at the Nasarawa State University by siting a faculty of engineering in Gudi.

“We thank you for your plans to industrialize Nasarawa State, we pray that this your dreams will become realities. This will create employment as well as place Nasarawa state in the position of the best states ever, another Singapore, Malaysia, and Dubai in Nigeria,” Bishop Masin stated.


PMB tells Gov. Sule, Says Make APC Happy.

…as he clocks 60

…many more years and good health

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, on his 60th birthday, urging him to make good governance his priority in order to leave a lasting and favourable legacy.

President Buhari said: “Life is the most invaluable gift from God and we should use our birthday to thank our creator and reflect on life, with humility.’’

The President, who wished the governor “many more years and good health’’, advised him “not to rest on his oars because the task of fulfilling campaign promises is even greater than the campaign efforts.’’

“I urge you to make good governance your watchword because your good performance will be the yardstick by which your tenure will be judged for years to come. I wish you a happy birthday and more prosperous years ahead,’’ President Buhari added.


Nassarawa: Governor Sule set up committee to implement minimum wage.

Ogbole, while giving a breakdown of the 2020 budget of N100.51 billion, said that government was engaging the organised labour on the modalities for the implementation of the minimum wage.

NobleReporters culled that the Commissioner, who did not name members of the committee, said, however, that he was a member.

When contacted, Mr Yusuf Iya, Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Nasarawa State Council, said that the union was aware that the government had set up its side of the negotiating committee for the implementation of the minimum wage.

The NLC Chairman added that the union’s committee was ready and was waiting for the government to commence the process.

“We have already written to the government and submitted a template of the new minimum wage through the Public Service Joint Negotiating Council.

“As soon as we receive communication on this regard from the government, negotiations will commence,” Iya added.

He, therefore, called on workers in the state to remain calm and be law abiding as their welfare was being given the priority it deserved.