APC Members Confront Obaseki Over Stomach Infrastructure

All Progressives Congress (APC) members in Edo State, have asked Governor Godwin Obaseki to fulfill the ‘stomach infrastructure’s promises he made during his campaign.

APC chairman in Oredo local government area, Godwin Alabi, spoke on behalf of supporters, at Urhokpota Hall, Benin City during a visit by the governor.

Governor Obaseki hails from Oredo.

Alabi in his remark, said: “I want to thank the governor for all that he has been doing in the state. But one thing I will not forget to talk about is stomach infrastructure for members.

“This is part of your electioneering promises to the members of the party in the state. I know with your able lieutenants and advisers that will be a thing of the past. Sir, I only tell you as a reminder”.

The matter was also raised during the governor’s visit to Esan South-east local government area of the state.

State Chairman of the party, Anselm Ojezua, who described stomach infrastructure as political patronage, said, “I want to assure you that a labourer is entitled to his wages.”

“Everybody knows that and it is clear much more in politics than anything else. We have been patient for about one year and I can assure you that going into the next year you will begin to see and feel many things”, he told party faithful.

Responding, Obaseki assured the party members that he will fulfill all the promises​.​

He, however, added that no party member would benefit from political patronage if he​/she ​failed to actively participate in unit and ward activities.

“I promised that every ward will have political appointee. So, everything I will do in government, I will do through the party”, This day quoted him as saying.

“If you do not attend unit meetings, if you did not participate at the unit level or ward level and I want to give contract​, ​I will not give you. Everything I will do, I will do through the party structure.

“You cannot be local government chairman or ward councillor if you don’t attend unit meetings. The party must be strong so that I can use the party to govern because without the party I am nothing.

“We are going to be giving a lot of patronage from now on but I will only do it through the wards. I want us to strengthen the party. Every month each organ of the party must meet and we are going to start registration of members later this month.

“We want to make sure that each unit has to bring in new members into the party. I am also here to assure you that every promise I made during the election I will fulfill them by the grace of God. Also to let you know that I have not forgotten you.

“Now that things are getting better, I want to assure you that I will support those who supported me to get to office. I will give that support through the party structure”, he stated.


Source: Daily post

Crude Oil Hits It Highest At $64 Per Barrel Since Mid-2015

The Global oil benchmark, Brent crude, and has hit a 28-month high since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power in mid-2015.

Brent, on which Nigeria’s crude oil is priced, rose by $2 to $64.07 per barrel as of 8:03 pm Nigerian time on Monday, more than $19 higher than the country’s oil price benchmark of $44.5 per barrel for this year’s budget.

The Excess Crude Account, into which the country saves the difference between the market price of oil and the budget benchmark to provide a cushion when oil prices fall or extra cash is needed for spending on infrastructure, has suffered declines since oil price slumped in 2014.

The account, which stood at about $4.11bn in October 2014, dropped to about $3.11bn in November and $2.45bn in December that year and declined further into 2015.

The balance in the ECA stood at $2.309bn as of September 27, 2017, according to the Ministry of Finance, while the nation’s external reserves rose to $33.93bn as of November 3, 2017, latest data from the Central Bank of Nigeria showed on Monday.

“The price rise is a reaction to the uncertainty from Saudi Arabia,” the Chief Executive Officer, Sun Global Investments, Mihir Kapadi, told news reporters.

Other factors have edged the oil price upwards. Saudi Arabia, Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan met over the weekend and said they were willing to maintain restrictions on oil production, to address a glut in supply and prop up prices.

The United Arab Emirates and Iraq have also said they would back an extension to production curbs, which were due to end in March 2018.

Meanwhile, Nigeria has expressed support for an extension of a deal between the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Russia and other non-members to cut oil supply until the end of 2018, “as long as the right terms are on the table” regarding its own participation.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, said there was growing agreement among other members of OPEC to extend the deal.

“There isn’t any reason to change what is a winning formula,” he told reporters, adding, “There is a consensus to extend. The issue will be the duration.”

Nigeria itself, however, is exempt from the deal.

OPEC, along with Russia and nine other producers agreed to cut oil output by about 1.8 million barrels per day until March 2018 in an attempt to ease a global excess that weighed on prices.

Osinbajo Speaks On Goodluck Jonathan’s Administration, Says ‘Incredible Things’ Happened

The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Monday, said the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan performed incredible things while in office.

Speaking at the legislative economic summit themed “Legislative Framework for Economic Recovery and Sustainable Development” in Abuja, Osinbajo said what happened at the tail end of Jonathan’s administration was the cause of present economic crisis facing the country.

“He said under the administration of Jonathan, Nigeria witnessed barefaced stealing and waste of resources unprecedented anywhere in the world; the situation, he alleged, caused the recent economic recession”

“He said between 2013 and 2015 with oil prices averaging up to $110 per barrel, sometimes going to as high as $150, the government of the day somehow contrived to increase national debt from N7.9 trillion to N12.1 trillion; while reducing external reserves from $45 billion to $28 billion as of May 2015.”

According to Osinbajo, under Jonathan’s watch, there was also inflation of contracts and other procurements which, he noted, always made the cost of infrastructure necessary for development unaffordable.

He added, “Of course, we all know that there was very little by the way of investment in infrastructure and capital projects. In fact, in 2015, capital spending was less than 11%. So there was very little to show for where this money went.

“I don’t want to keep repeating some of the incredible things that happened, a few weeks before the last elections; how large sums of money, a 100billion in cash ostensibly for security. Another $289million in cash was paid out in the same period.

“No country can survive that kind of unbridled waste and corruption. We must never forget that corruption is perhaps, the most outrageous cause of our economic decline.

“Aside from barefaced stealing or waste of resources, the inflation of contracts and other procurements ensures that the cost of infrastructure necessary for development will always be unaffordable.

“So if what we should spend on building a 200km road ends up being spent on a 20 km road, there is no way we are going to make any progress and there is no way we won’t end up in some kind of economic decline or the other,” Osinbajo stated.

“In 2015, oil prices fell to as low as $28 at some point. But worse still, throughout 2016 we lost almost a million barrels a day in oil production due to vandalization and sabotage of oil facilities and pipelines. We lost something in the order of about 60% of our revenues. Yet we could have survived without going into a recession, I think Dr. Teriba so ably stated that we could have survived if we had savings. But we had no savings only debt.

“As economists would say, as Dr. Teriba had said, we did not have the fiscal buffers to enable a counter-cyclical approach. In other words, we lacked the savings to see us through the lean times. Why? Why did we lack savings, when so much money was being made? This is the elephant in the room.

“Today, we can say that despite the 60% or even more reduction in revenues from oil, we are bailing out the States and our capital spending in 2016 were close to N1.3trillion, the highest yet in the country’s history. So with more prudent management, it is possible to do more with far less money.”

Our Achievement Would Have Been Impossible Without Civil Servants – Ambode

The Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday commended the State Public Service for contributing immensely to the achievements recorded by his administration in the last two and a half years in office, saying the feats would have been impossible without the support of civil servants.

Ambode made the statement while speaking at the State Executive Chambers in Alausa, Ikeja, while swearing-in five newly appointed Permanent Secretaries, Governor Ambode said since assumption of office on May 29, 2015, efforts have been made to fulfil the promises made to Lagosians, and that it was indeed gratifying that civil servants in the State not only keyed into his vision of a vibrant Lagos but have also been working hard and committed to making the plan a reality.

“In the last two and a half years, our administration has worked relentlessly to fulfil our promises to Lagosians. Our modest achievements in these past months would not have been possible without the support of the public service, most especially our Permanent Secretaries who have not only keyed into our vision of a vibrant Lagos but have also ensured that it becomes a reality through commitment and hard work,” Governor Ambode said.

He said aside the fact that Permanent Secretaries have been working hard to ensure the progress of the State, other officers from directors down the ladder of the civil service have equally been performing creditably well, adding that he was indeed appreciative of their dedication to duty, commitment and service to the State.

The new Permanent Secretaries, who have since been assigned portfolios, are Mrs. Ibirogba Clara Omotilewa (Office of Establishment and Training); Ogunnubi Timothy Olukayode (Ministry of Science and Technology); Dr. (Mrs.) Are Suwebat Iyabo (Primary Healthcare Board); Dr. Salaam Taiwo Olufemi (Ministry of Transportation); and Mrs. Awobamise Kofoworola Omotayo (Ministry of Information and Strategy).

While congratulating the appointees, Governor Ambode said their elevation was not just about filling the vacancies created by those who have retired, but a way of rewarding hard work and diligence, as well as a reaffirmation that any member of any discipline could raise to the peak in the civil service.

He said according to available facts, the new Permanent Secretaries as directors, demonstrated loyalty and commitment through active involvement in the implementation of some of the policies of the present administration, just as he expressed optimism that their appointment would be a source of encouragement to all officers who are diligent in the discharge of their duties as civil servants.

Besides, Governor Ambode charged the new appointees to contribute their quota to the development of the State and add value to governance.

“To the new appointees, it is my belief that you will continue to contribute your quota to the development of the State. This is no time to relent on your hard work but rather a time for you to come up with new ideas and innovation that will add value to our State in the way and manner government policies are implemented for the greater benefit and service of our people.

“I charge all of you to rededicate yourselves to the tenets of the public service reforms we have embarked on and prove to the rest of the service your justification for the new elevation,” the Governor said.

Responding on behalf of the appointees, Ibirogba thanked Governor Ambode for the opportunity given to them to serve the State, assuring that they would hit the ground running to uphold the vision and mission statements of their respective MDAs and also ensure that result-oriented policies are delivered.

President Buhari’s Strongest Opponent

By Azuka Onwuka

The nightmare of any elected president in a democracy is a vibrant opposition. The job of the opposition is to ensure that the president and his ruling party are never seen in good light. Any positive word or action was taken is X-rayed and punctured as not well thought-out or in the people’s interest.

The only no-go area is when the nation’s security is threatened. All the parties bury their differences and ambitions and come together to fight a common enemy. It is a sign of patriotism that the lives of the people should not be used for politics.

However, in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, the opposition was virtually dead two years into his administration. Having ruled Nigeria for 16 unbroken years, the Peoples Democratic Party was destabilized and dazed after losing the 2015 election. It had never been in opposition. Therefore, it found itself in a strange terrain.

The party had acquired a not-too-pleasant image with the people in its 16 years in office. It went into a crisis of leadership having acquired a not-too-pleasant image with the people during these 16 years leading to the eventual loss of the Presidency in 2015. That crisis lasted for two years before it was finally settled by the Supreme Court which declared Senator Ahmed Makarfi as the authentic chairman of the PDP in July 2017. But before that final judgment was given by the apex court, there was no guarantee that the PDP would ever be a strong party again. Many people even believed that it would not come back to life again as the PDP. Many used that as an excuse to leave the party in droves and join the ruling All Progressives Congress.
The PDP also had a moral burden, having ruled the nation for 16 years. It was accused of not performing well in the office and therefore had no moral right to criticise the APC that just came to power.

In addition, some members of the party who held some positions were also being arrested, detained, probed or fingered in cases of corruption. Many saw it as selective justice against the PDP. This also made many PDP members to jump ship with the belief that once in the APC, they would no longer be persecuted. Some people actually had their cases dropped when they joined the APC.

Therefore, the administration of Buhari had no strong opposition in its first two years. However, it is said that natures abhors the vacuum. In the absence of a vibrant opposition, President Buhari created his own opposition. He became his own opposition. Since May 2015 when he was inaugurated, the biggest fires Buhari has had to quench have been those lighted by him. In the absence of a vibrant opposition, anytime the President lights any of such fires, the ordinary Nigerians on the social media as well as the traditional media use such to criticise him.

There are presidents who are unfortunate to face unforeseen circumstances. For example, having a terrorist group like the Boko Haram spring up under one’s regime can be unsettling. Running into a financial meltdown is something no leader prays for.

Surely, Buhari came into office when oil prices were going down. That meant that the earnings of the nation were dropping. Things became worse when Nigeria slid into recession in August 2016. Such a period is not the best time to lead a nation.

The APC and its sympathizers argued that the actions of the PDP were responsible for the recession that befell Nigeria. In response, the PDP and its sympathizers argued that the negative utterances and actions of Buhari, as well as his lack of economic know-how, were responsible for the recession.

But there are other issues that have created unnecessary bad press for the administration of Buhari. Most of them are not external issues, but internal issues that could have been avoided. Sometimes, one wonders if Buhari and those holding political positions under him intentionally choose to work against his administration.

Parodying Anezi Okoro’s novel, One Week, One Trouble, some have described the frequent scandals rocking this government as one week, one trouble or one week, one drama.

One wonders what is difficult about a President promptly visiting a place that has been ravaged by a natural disaster, or what is difficult about telling and showing different parts of Nigeria who complain about one thing or the other that “you belong to all”.

The part that is difficult to understand is what drives Buhari’s leadership strategy. Is he not concerned about keeping those who voted for him and winning over those who did not vote for him? The easiest part is to keep those who voted for him. But interestingly, from the beginning of his administration, Buhari seems to be on a mission to deny the contributions of the key individuals who worked for his victory. Rather, he seemed to be distancing himself away from them, giving the impression that he did not need them anymore because he had no dream of running for a second term.

For example, what would Buhari have lost by having a former Lagos State governor and APC leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, close to him? What would he have lost by having former Vice President Atiku Abubakar close to him? What would he lose by massaging their ego and making them feel important? Nothing. The President of Nigeria is so powerful that nobody can undermine his powers if he chooses to use them.

It was because of Buhari’s determination to sideline his 2015 allies and surround himself with people with no serious electoral value that made his wife, Mrs Aisha, to lament last year. But sadly, rather than seeing what she saw, he made matters worse by dismissing her with the response that she belonged to his “other room”.

The scandals that have rocked Buhari’s Presidency and the casual way he has responded to them has been surprising. For a man who was sold to the nation as a no-nonsense man who would never tolerate any dealing that looked corrupt, crooked or shady, it was difficult for many to comprehend how he could keep quiet or even defend his aides who were accused of corrupt practices. To maintain an unblemished aura, Buhari should have ensured that anybody who was involved in an untidy dealing in his administration was swiftly investigated, suspended or dismissed. Sometimes an aide does not need to be declared corrupt before being dismissed. Once an aide has an image of corruption around him, Buhari does not need to have him work for him again. No individual should be indispensable. An individual can be sacrificed to ensure that the Presidency is not tainted.

It is difficult to feel the pulse of the people by the loyalty or otherwise of political office holders. A leader can only gauge the pulse of his loyalists through the feelings of the common people who don’t hold any political positions. One thing that happened shortly after the 2007 election was that many who opposed the candidacy of Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua changed their views and began to support his presidency because of his utterances and actions. On the contrary, many who stood firmly by Buhari before the 2015 election have started apologizing for campaigning for him because of his actions and utterances on issues of corruption, the safety of lives and property, and fairness to all parts of the nation.

Is it difficult for Buhari to employ the tactics Yar’Adua used to win over his opponents or does Buhari love opposing his own presidency? Only Buhari can say. It is obvious that in spite of his health challenges, he is interested in a second tenure. He still has about one year to stop doing things that work against his own interest. As an incumbent president, he has a huge advantage over any other candidate, but that advantage depends on his actions and utterances in the next one year.

Boko Haram Attack Gulak Town In Adamawa

The suspected terrorist group Boko Haram sect members have engaged the Nigerian army in Gulak town, the Headquarters of Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa.

The terrorist group was said to have attacked the town on Monday evening.

Alhaji Yusuf Muhammed, the Madagali LGA Council Chairman, confirmed to OSUN DEFENDER as under a heavy attack.

Muhammed said that reports reaching him from his people in Gulak town where there was sporadic shooting going on.

“The attack started around 7 pm today, and as I am talking to you now (9 pm) there is still on-going gunshot in the town.

“I am appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari as a matter of urgency to send more soldiers in the area,” Muhammed said.

He said the number of casualties had yet to be ascertained because the fighting was still going on,

When contacted, Alhaji Haruna Furo, the Executive Secretary, Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA), said that they too
heard about the alleged gunshots but the situation was not clear.

“We are still making contacts to find out exactly what is happening,” Furo said.

Health Minister Says Nigeria Not Lacking Anti-Snake Venom

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has challenged rumor that government has ran out of stock of the anti-snake venom for the treatment of snake bite victims.

Adewole made this known yesterday while reacting to the report of the death of 91 people as a result of snake bite in Gombe and Plateau State within three weeks.

According to the Ministry, he said there are still some vials of Anti-snake venom stocked in the Federal Ministry of Health, from the 2016 procurement from which States and other treatment centres were issued upon request.

“The States in questions have refused to comply with the new procedure of request, hence their inability to access the product from the ministry”.

He said that so far, 5 states have made request and have been issued for the treatment of victims in the last 4 months, the last was in September 6, 2017.

Professor Adewole however expressed some apprehension that 2017 procurement may have some hitches because they were mistakenly transferred to the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA).

He also called on the snake bite prevalent states to invest in procurement of anti-snake venom for their people.

Professor Adewole warned that Federal Government cannot continue to procure and distribute free venom to states indefinitely as being currently practiced.

“The Federal Government is however working on Public Private Partnership arrangement for local production of anti-snake bite venom which will make the product available, affordable and accessible”, the Minister said.

Nigerian Navy To Curb Threats, Vows To Protect National Asset

The Nigerian Navy has planned to deal decisively with any group or organization that threatens the territorial integrity of the nation.

The Force has warned that nobody would be allowed to vandalize the nation’s assets under whatever guise.

The chief of naval staff, Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, disclosed this on Monday when he visited the Nigerian Navy Engineering College in Sapele, Delta.

Recall the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), a militant group in the Niger Delta recently called off its ceasefire with the federal government and promised to return to the creeks to destroy the country’s oil installations.

But Ibas said the navy would match any such threat force for force and do not have to wait until an attack occurs before it acts.

He said the statutory obligation of the navy is to protect lives and property as well as secure the nation’s assets in the maritime domain.

Those listed among the groups to be clamped down upon are Avengers, kidnappers, sea robbers and sea pirates.

“We do not wait until a threat comes from a particular group before the navy acts so what we do is to protect lives and property,” he said.

“Any threat is taken seriously especially against the nation’s assets and individuals and the Nigerian Navy will continue to do that to secure the maritime territory of Nigeria as well as bad waters.”

Ibas also revealed the navy had to deploy a “checkpoint regime strategy” to combat maritime crime.

“With the checkpoint management, our presence is all tailored toward reducing those challenges you have out there at the sea,” he said.

“I think the overall assessment is that the Navy’s presence has reduced the incidences of pirates at sea.”

All Change!!! Nigeria Is Not An Oil Economy

By Kemi Adeosun

Descriptions of Nigeria’s economy often include such phrases as ‘Africa’s largest oil producer’ and ‘the oil-rich African nation’ but oil economies are typically characterized by low population densities and abundant oil resources. Saudi Arabia with 10 million barrels of oil per day and 30 million people, Kuwait with 2.7 million barrels of oil per day and four million people and Qatar with 1.5 million barrels of oil per day and 2.5 million people are typical of such.
These economies pursued an economic model that was built around a large government dependent almost entirely on oil revenue for funding. Such economies could afford to have low or in some cases no domestic revenue mobilization, in the form of taxes. Tax to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratios of less than 10 per cent against the OECD average of 34.6 per cent could be justified especially in the era of high oil prices.

For over three decades, Nigeria pursued this model. But things are changing, with the election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, who was propelled into office under the mantra of ‘change’. That clamor for change, in the areas of governance, security and economy, coincided with the collapse of global oil prices and a consequent huge deficit in government revenues. These circumstances provided the ingredients for an overhaul of the entire economic model.

The first and rather numbing conclusion of that exercise was that Nigeria is not actually an ‘oil economy’. With just 2 million barrels of oil per day and over 180 million people, simple mathematics tells us that 90 Nigerians share a barrel of oil compared to 3 Saudis, 1.44 Kuwaitis and 1.69 Qataris. With oil at just 10 per cent of GDP, Nigeria simply does not fit into the mold of the traditional oil economies.

Interestingly, even nations who did legitimately fit into this narrow mold of high oil revenues and low populations, are abandoning what is now considered to be a flawed model. Thus, the imperative for Nigeria was even more urgent. Nigeria recalibrated its target peer group from the oil economies to the ‘oil plus’ economies such as Mexico and Egypt. This new peer group has diversified economies and tax to GDP ratios of 20 per cent and 16 per cent, respectively, compared to Nigeria’s 6 per cent. Consequently, the change mantra had to be urgently applied to revenue mobilization.

Analysis of the data suggests that revenue mobilization is potentially the master key to unlocking Nigeria’s huge growth potential by funding its ailing infrastructure including roads, power, and rail. A cursory look at the effective tax rates paid by the huge multinational and local operators, as well as the data on illicit financial flows, indicates a pattern of systematic tax evasion at all levels. Recent statistics released by the Federal Ministry of Finance showed that Nigeria has just 14 million active taxpayers from an economically active base of 70 million. Over 95 per cent of these are salary earners in the formal sector, just 241 persons paid personal income taxes of N20 million (US$65,573.77) in 2016.

Taxing the high net worth and Nigeria’s huge community of entrepreneurs constitutes a critical but yet attainable target. The statistics for corporate tax payment shows the debilitating effects of base erosion and profit shifting as well as abuse of an overly generous tax incentive and duty waiver system. The historical government apathy towards revenue mobilization is one of the effects of the mistaken identity that saw Nigeria perceive itself as an oil economy. This Administration is determined to correct this identity crisis and all its concomitant effects.

In that spirit, we launched an ongoing and well received, tax amnesty, ‘The Voluntary Asset and Income Declaration Scheme’ (VAIDS) is affording a nine-month window for Nigerian tax payer’s, both corporate and individual, to regularise their tax status in exchange for a guarantee of no interest, penalties, tax investigation or further audit. This amnesty follows successful initiatives in a number of countries, where tax evasion is a problem, such as Indonesia, Argentina, South Africa and India. It has been programmed to end just as the Automatic Exchange of Information, which will provide Nigerian tax authorities with unprecedented levels of information on offshore assets, becomes effective.

The initial signs suggest that Nigerians are responding positively to the new revenue narrative. Despite the emergence from a recession, tax revenues are showing early signs of growth. VAT shows 18.97 per cent year on year improvement. Over 800,000 companies, including some Government contractors, that have never paid taxes have already been identified and are being audited. This is an unprecedented initiative that entails cooperation between Federal and State Governments. The Federal Ministry of Finance has also commenced a database project that combines data from the various arms of government including bank records, property and company ownership, and customs records to create accurate profiles of those liable to pay taxes. The Ministry has also placed one of the world’s premier private investigation agencies on retainership to trace overseas assets.

Changing the Nigerian economic psyche is not an easy task. By its nature, tax mobilization risks the popularity of any Government, but the present Administration understands that the short-term lure of political expediency must give way to the long-term best interests of Africa’s largest economy. Her energetic, young and growing population are deserving of the chance to experience a truly transformed, sustainable and growing economy.

Court Orders Fayose To Pay N234m To Fayemi’s Appointees

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) has ordered the Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose to pay over N234 million to the chairmen for allegedly disengaging them without following due process and also members of statutory commissions appointed by former Governor Kayode Fayemi.

Members of fayemi’s  appointees that were sacked by the Ekiti State government are… State Independent National ElectoralCommission (SIEC), Civil Service Commission (CSC), House of AssemblyService Commission (HASC) and the Local Government Service Commission (LGSC) on assumption of office in October 2014 when their tenures were still subsisting.

Sequel to this, the officials through their lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), had approached the court to reverse their unlawful sack and reinstate them into the commissions.

The claimants said they had not served out their tenures by the time the governor sacked them.

The court gave the verdict while delivering judgment in separate suits filed by the sacked members of the commissions against the governor of Ekiti State and the Attorney General of Ekiti State.



Source: This Day

Sunday Oliseh Receives Best Coach Award In Holland

The Former coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria Sunday Oliseh has received the award for the best coach in the second division in Holland, where he presently handles Fortuna Sittard.

Sunday Oliseh has transformed the fortunes of the team from a candidate for relegation when he took over in January to a team battling to gain promotion to the top flight in Holland.

Under his guide Fortuna Sittard have emerged as one of the feared team in the Dutch second division, with their 4-0 win over ‎FC Oss last weekend further proving their new found status.

He was presented with the award before the game, and he dedicated the award to his players, his assistants and also the management of the team for their support.