Engr .C. A. Nwobu, airport manager, Port Harcourt International Airport, in this interview with ANTHONY AWUNOR, assures that all their facilities are working operationally, adding that the airport is the third most viable in the country. What are the major challenges faced by PHIA? I am sure you know that Port Harcourt International Airport is among the most viable airports in Nigeria. It can only be compare with Murtala Murhammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. I can authoritatively say that Port Harcourt International Airport is the third most viable airport in Nigeria. Virtually all the airlines come here. It is very viable for the federal government. Operating in an uncompleted building is one of the challenges. Power is another challenge; borehole is also a challenge but we have tackled all of them. When you prioritize and tackle those challenges, they give way. For instance, everything we are doing...
By BAYO AMODU Mr. Seun Peters is the managing director of Interjet Nigeria Limited, an indigenous firm that specializes in sale and maintenance of aircraft. In this interview with BAYO AMODU, the renowned lawyer explains how Nigeria’s aviation sector can overcome most of its challenges and other salient issues in the industry. What are your views on the current state of the Nigeria’s aviation industry in terms of infrastructure development? First of all, I must commend the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, for what he is doing. I commend him for his efforts in terms of concessioning of the facilities at the nation’s airports. This is a step in the right direction. The major challenge we are facing in the sector, which I think we can overcome is that if we privatized 80% of the aviation industry and put it in the hands of private operators, it will...
Former National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Vincent Ogbulafor speaks on a wide range of national issues. He spoke with CELESTINE OKAFOR. Two years has gone down since the APC government took over power from your party the PDP. Would you say that the APC has handled the affairs of the country better than your party did? Well, l won’t really say that the APC has done a fantastic job within the period under review. Under the APC government today, there appears to be hunger in the land, whereas under the PDP regime, people were a bit comfortable. Things moved better under PDP. There was smooth sail of businesses. Investors were coming and going even though you would say that corruption was deep rooted in PDP government due to weak leadership of the Presidency. But in APC, people had very high hopes of redemption from the situation but...
Chief Allen Onyema is chairman/chief executive officer of Air Peace, one of the leading domestic airlines in the nation’s aviation sector. In this interview with Anthony Awunor and Caroline Kanu, Onyema who is also a lawyer gives insight into airline business in the country, general aviation outlook in the country and how the sector can contribute meaningfully to the economy.  What is your evaluation of the Nigerian travel market vis-a-vis the performance of Air Peace? The aviation industry in Nigeria is not at the level we have expected it to be, but it is still growing. There is a lot of improvement needed in the industry. When I was coming in, I was warned about the harsh environment under which Nigerian airlines were operating. I dismissed such warnings with a wave of the hand, but now I have seen it all. Air Peace will be three years on October 24 this year....
A LIFE IN BRIEF Christy Thomas was born in Maiduguri, Borno State. She grew up in Bama local government area of the state and did her primary school in Staff Primary School Bokos, Bama. She later proceeded to Telta Memorial Secondary School Maiduguri and graduated in 2008. In 2010, she gained admission into University of Maiduguri to study mass communication at diploma certificate level. Currently she is an undergraduate in the same department of the university. She is presently an importer BY Nazeef Bakura BACKGROUND My name is Christy Thomas. I was born in Maiduguri, Borno State and I grew up in Bama local government area of the state. I did my primary school in Staff Primary School Bokos, Bama, then I proceeded to Telta Memorial Secondary School Maiduguri which I graduated in 2008. By 2010, I moved to University of Maiduguri to study mass communication where I obtained a diploma certificate, and currently an...
BY ANDREW ESSIEN .....Ogbuefi Nonso Ozoemena is a gubernatorial hopeful in Anambra State under the Young Democratic Party (YDP). In this interview, he speaks on his plans for the state, should he be elected as governor in the forthcoming election. You declared to contest Anambra State governorship election. Mentally and physically how ready are you for the race? It is true that I want to contest for Anambra State governorship position and that is the reality on ground. I declared last weekend and I can tell you that what is about to happen in Anambra State is a revolution and an unprecedented good thing. Considering your age, are you not scared of contesting for such position? I keep telling people that as a good student of history we should be awakened by what is happening across the world right now. It is the trend of young men taking over the apex leadership and governance...
The President of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), a world body that oversees civil aviation globally, Dr. Olumuyiwa Bernard Aliu in this interview with ANTHONY AWUNOR, explains the future of ‘Remotely Piloted Aircraft System’ (RPAS) in Africa and other issues affecting the aviation industry in the continent. How do you see the future of RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) in Africa? I think the phenomenon of RPAS, the expansion is taking place all over the world and I am sure that in Africa, it will be the same situation. I see a lot of enthusiasm during the symposium and the workshop. The hall was filled with people asking many questions. It is an indication that there is a lot of interest. Particularly that you can use the technology for different things, either private initiatives or government initiatives such as border patrol, in agriculture, in education, in photography. So, it is left...
The President of 12-12 Polo and Turf Club, Nuhu Sani, has no doubt cut a niche for himself in sports promotion in Nigeria having nurtured one of the most sophisticated and arguably the best equestrian sports facility from the scratch to its gangling and enviable status and in the process provided job opportunities and entertainment to many Nigerians. The facility which encompasses horse racing and polo events has witnessed remarkable milestones in its 7- years of existence. ANDREW ESSIEN reports.   Can we have an insight into the activities of 12-12 polo and turf club?   12-12 Polo and Turf Club is a world class facility for Polo, Horseracing and other equestrian sports. The club derived its name from the day and month Abuja was officially inaugurated as the Federal Capital Territory; December 12, 1991. This gesture is a tribute to Abuja the Nigeria’s political and administrative center, and a symbol of Nigeria’s...
Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Missing (TREM) Dr. Mike Okonkwo, spoke to journalists shortly after the grand finale of the 2017 Leading Edge Conference in Abuja, ADEBIYI ADEDAPO was there for LEADERSHIP Sunday. There have been a heated debate on restructuring of Nigeria’s federalism in recent time, what is your opinion? When it’s the season for something, you can’t hold back the season. There has never been so much agitation for restructuring as like it is now. Even those who had hitherto been indifferent to it and never touched it are now beginning to touch it. That’s an indication that  the hour has come and I believe with all my heart that if this nation is restructured, it will help us to be creative. It will take us faster than we expected. It would make even those that are in politics to be creative because what most of them are...
Salisu Magaji Gombe presides over North East Progressives Forum (NEPF) and Arewa Youth Development Association of Nigeria (AYDAN). In this interview with CHIBUZO UKAIBE, he spoke about recent events in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and some other national issues. What was your impression of the crisis that almost crippled your party, the PDP? The crisis that rocked PDP only made it stronger. We are now more united than ever before. There is no faction in the party anymore. The Supreme Court judgement was a blessing for the party. So PDP is moving faster and stronger and it can capture 2019. You are already talking about 2019, but has your party learnt any lessons from the crisis? PDP has learnt a very big lesson. I will take you back to 2015. If the PDP had zoned the presidency to the North, we would have defeated APC. But people around the former president pushed...