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...
Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, speaks on burning issues in his state as well as those on the national scene in this interview with select newsmen across the country. OSA OKHOMINA was there. How has the six years of your administration been in Bayelsa? Let me use this opportunity to welcome you all home. We say all good people are from Bayelsa State. Let me thank you for the efforts you have been making in the past few days; going around our state to have a real feel of the developments on ground. You saw and felt the silent revolution that has been going on in Bayelsa. Now you are in a position to compare with some of the stories and propaganda and rumour and blackmail that have tended to suffuse the atmosphere everywhere. With regards to sustainability, there is no doubt that the work I and my team have been...
BY BAYO AMODU The newly elected president of the National Association of Microfinance Banks (NAMB) and chief executive officer of Hasal Microfinance Bank, Rogers Augustine Nwoke, in this interview with BAYO AMODU, spoke on the need for microfinance banks in the country to have access to wholesale funds so they can lend more to their customers among others. What are your plans for the NAMB and the industry now that you are the national president? The association and the industry are two dimensions that ultimately should converge for the interest of all. Let me start from the association. Every microfinance bank in the country today innovates from the microfinance policy that was launched in December 2005, from there those who were formally community bank transformed and many that were also licensed. So you can say the association is seven years old haven been formally inaugurated in 2010. We haven’t done much; the...
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...
BY CHIBUZO UKAIBE Mohammed Shittu Kabiru is the national chairman Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA), he speaks on some issues in his newly registered party as well as some national issues. Your party was recently unveiled but the nagging question remains who are the big names behind your party? APDA is a party born out of like minds, who sat and looked at the political situation in Nigeria. For the past 17 years we have been calling ourselves a nascent democracy but what we discovered is that we can't be calling ourselves that anymore. We believe we should advance beyond this stage by bringing some technological inputs in our electoral system to address the abnormalities there in. At the heart of the problems today in Nigeria are parties without ideology. So what is the ideological framework of your party? We are socio-democrats. The welfare of citizens and technological advancement  are paramount in our minds....
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...
Professor Ernest Ojukwu (SAN), is a legal instructor and former deputy director at the Nigerian Law School. He discusses the problems militating against the Nigerian legal system with CHIDI NWACHUKWU. The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA is seen to be experiencing an internal crisis that has factionalized it. Are there interventions to arrest the situation? Well, I don’t know whether we have an internal crisis that can be described with such strong assertion. The NBA is still very strong. We have had one or two hiccups in recent times especially in the events leading to the last elections and thereafter. One or two members went to court over the process of constitutional amendment or reform and the present problem can be traced to that event of the litigation. For some time now, at the last National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, the president briefed the National Executive Committee on all the efforts he...
Hon Friday Nicodamus Adejoh is the chief administrator of Olamaboro Local Government of Kogi State. In this interview with OMONU YAX-NELSON; he revealed that Governor Yahaya Bello’s government is a perfect example of a generational power shift. He also harps on the developmental strides of the amiable governor. Leadership, many people believe, should be built on experience, if that is anything to go by. It is important to ask, what are your leadership experiences? I have been in this from primary school, but it was when I was in the secondary school that it became clearer to me. I was a class monitor at elementary school, back then. I later became a prefect of the school in primary six. When I got to college, Imane Community Grammar school, I was appointed a class prefect again and later made school prefect. After secondary school, I managed my fathers’ cashew and grain business...
Former governorship candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2011 governorship poll in Enugu state, Dr. Alexander Chukwemeka Obiechina, has commended the National Assembly for voting, among other key issues in the on-going Constitutional Amendment, that all pre-election cases should be determined before the eventual winner in an election assumes office. He pleaded with the State Assemblies in this interview with CELESTINE OKAFOR to equally toe the line of the federal lawmakers.   The Senate and the House of Representatives voted on the amendment of 33 items in the Constitution Review Debate which ended last week at the National Assembly. These amendments have been sent to State Houses of Assembly for a concurrent endorsement. However, one of the key items the lawmakers okayed for amended, is that all pre-election cases must be concluded before the actual winner in an election assumes office. Perhaps it was the controversy that attended...
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,...