Alhaji Al-Amin Aliyu, a business man and grassroots politician is the CEO of Rahama City Suite in Bauchi. In 2015, he played crucial roles in the All Progressives Congress (APC) to actualize the election of Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar of Bauchi State. In this interview with KABIR AKINTOLA, he speaks on the governor’s development roadmap for the state, maintaining that Bauchi is the State to watch come 2019 when present first-term state governors in the country will be seeking re-election by their people. How do you classify Bauchi State today in terms of the vision of the present administration in the state vis-a-vis the state’s potential for growth? Our state, as you may well know, is basically agrarian. Thank God we are in the raining season now when more of our people are very busy and productively engaged on their farms especially on account of the progressive and radical reforms of...
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...
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...
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...
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....
Engr. Rotimi Salami, general manager, Integrated Television Services (ITS), the company implementing the Digital Switchover (DSO) platform for the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), speaks with CHIMA AKWAJA on key issues in the federal government’s digital television switch over drive. Nigeria has come a long way in implementing the digital switchover, while StarTimes and its partners, especially, Integrated Television Services (ITS), have been in the forefront of the migration, can you explain what the whole partnership is about and what it means for Nigerians? The partnership is about building the digital terrestrial television (DTT) platform for Intergrated Television System, ITS in line with what is envisaged in the digital switchover (DSO) project. Integrated Television System is expected to build a platform and make same available to broadcasters to transmit their content to the general viewership. Given the enormous financial cost in building the platform, which ought to come from the federal government,...
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...
Chief George Moghalu is national auditor of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and an aspirant in the forthcoming Anambra State governorship election. He speaks with MUYIWA OYINLOLA on burning national issues even as he urges the people of the state to prepare for the poll in spite of the call by IPOB to boycott it. How do you react to the call for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari, for being absent from the country this long? To me, it sounds very funny. The president, when he was leaving made it very clear that he was going on medical vacation, and as a good democrat that he is, he handed over to his vice president, who is now the acting president. So, this call, to me, doesn’t make sense because there is no vacuum. Government is running. Who told you he doesn’t have communication with the acting president? Some people are of...
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...
BY CHIDI M. NWACHUKWU Engr Isaac David Balami is the National President of the Arewa Consultative Forum Youth Congress with the former Trade Union Congress’ spokesperson condemns the call by the other youth wings of the forum for Igbos to vacate the North by October 1. You are the president of the Arewa Consultative Forum Youth Congress. Were you at the meeting where the pronouncement that ‘the Igbos should vacate the North’ was made? No, I was not. I wasn’t even aware that there was going to be such a meeting, until my attention was drawn to it by the press. I was shocked to know that this is what has actually happened, and I quickly reacted. Is it the same Arewa Youth Forum that you belong to that made the pronouncement? No. You know, just like in the East where you have different South-Eastern groups, South-Western groups and South-Southern groups, the Ndigbo Youths...