By Hussaini hammangabdo BACKGROUND My name is Hassana Yunusa Daksiri. I was born in 1970 in Mubi  local government area of Adamawa State. I started my primary school in Luggere Primary School, Jimeta in 1983, and attended GDSS Karim Lamido Taraba State, G.D.S.S Gombi for my secondary school. I attended courses at College of Forestry Ibadan in 1991 and College of Agriculture Jalingo in 2014. HOW IT ALL STARTED My love for horticulture and passion for green environment and scenery of nature triggered my passion and interests in the business of growing flowering plants. I started a small garden beside that of my father, who worked in Forestry Department and knows how to manage garden very well. I used to assist him water his garden during weekends. When we are through with his garden, I used to pick some plant seeds and stems and transfer to my small garden. Before you know I owned...
LIFE IN BRIEF Oyiza Bello was born into a polygamous family in 1983 at Okoroke, Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State. She attended both primary and secondary schools in Okehi after which she proceeded to the Jos Television School, Jos, Plateau State. She is happily married with a baby girl. By SAM EGWU BACKGROUND My name is Oyiza Bello. I was born into a polygamous family in 1983 at Okoroke, Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State. I attended both primary and secondary schools in Okehi after which I proceeded to the Jos Television School, Jos, Plateau State. I am happily married with a baby girl. HOW IT STARTED I started buying and selling of clothes and pieces of jewellery at the age of 10 years. This, I currently combine with my work. INSPIRATION My love and passion for the business of buying and selling clothes were inspired by my mother who got these items from...
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...
Hon Adamu Kamale represents Madagali/ Michika federal constituency of Adamawa State in the National Assembly. In this interview with PEMBI DAVID-STEPHEN, the outspoken and vibrant lawmaker speaks on his reasons for leaving the PDP for the APC, his commitment to his constituency and bares his mind on national issues. the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), what informed this decision? As you rightly said, I was elected into the House of Representatives in 2015 on the platform of the PDP. If you can remember very well, the PDP fielded candidates for all the positions - state house of assembly, House of Representatives, senatorial, governorship and presidential election. However, based on the decision of the people, I was the only member of the three house of representatives who emerged as winner on the platform of the PDP. Surface it to say that was my third election on...
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...
By David Tarkaa Nigeria is currently at a crossroads over its continued existence as one nation, with agitations for secession and restructuring from different parts of the country. Convener of Fast Forward Nigeria and former president, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Orkuma Hembe, speaks on the restructuring debate, 2019 elections and the 'Atiku Challenge' in this interview with David Tarkaa.  What is the fast forward Nigeria project all about? Fast Forward Nigeria project is an assemblage of young professionals in business, who are both in public and private sector but who are also politically inclined. You cannot do business in Nigeria and avoid politics. Over time, we have come to the realisation that politics influences the business environment a lot and we are not only professionals in our fields, we are also active politicians, so we came together under the banner of Fast Forward Nigeria because as far as we know,...
In view of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo’s condemnation of “Operation Python Dance” by the Nigerian Army in the South-east, spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) and former vice chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Prof Ango Abdulahi in an interview with select journalists in Abuja accused the Igbo apex socio-cultural organization as being behind the secession agitations of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB in the South-east. JONATHAN NDA - ISAIAH was there. What’s your take on the clash between the army and IPOB? My take is that it is the duty of the security agencies to take on any challenges threatening the peace of the country in whole or in part. It is the responsibility of one of the security agents in the country and they have a system of taking command in terms of where they go and where they don’t go; what they do when they get...
In this interview with DONATUS NADI, the Senior Special Assistant on Development Control to Nasarawa state governor, Arc. Stanley Buba, speaks on Umaru Tanko Almakura’s smart city initiative and how it stands to impact on the economy of the state Governor UmaruTankoAlmakura recently appointed you as his Senior Special Assistant on Development Control, what Is Your Schedule Like? Governor Almakura is ensuring that Nasarawa Sate’s development is in compliance with global standards. Thus, my duty requires me to provide impetus to the state’s urban development priorities and renewal, building regulations, environmental sanitation and slum upgrade, by interfacing with relevant ministries and agencies, Karu development committee and as the Executive Governor directs. How will you describe Governor Almakura’s urban development policy and priorities? It is not in doubt that the TAAL administration is a government that ascended power in Nasarawa state from an opposition platform. It polled a lot of votes from...
Chairman of Nigus International, Prince Malik Ado Ibrahim is an expert in the automotive sector by global standards. He has worked with reputable global brands like Proton and Lotus. He was involved in Formula 1 as the first black man to ever be on a Formula 1 team. In this interview with BAYO AMODU, he spoke on the next big thing in the automotive world which is electric cars taking over from the regular cars with combusting engines and the opportunity for Nigeria. What is the future of global automotive industry? Countries across the world are phasing out vehicles with combusting engines. For instance, the UK is going off hydro carbon by 2040, and no more hydro-carbon energized cars, because there will be no internal combusting engines; France is the same; Indians even fast-tracked   theirs by opting for 2030. Are we going to become a waste bin for combusting engine cars...
By Bayo Amodu In this interview with Bayo Amodu, head of Strategy & Business Development, AXA Mansard Investments, Jumoke Odunlami, spoke on importance of making right investment decisions especially having a diversified portfolio among others. What in your opinion must a potential investor look out for in making investment decisions? I think the purpose or objective of the investment is very key to making investment decisions. An investor must be guided by this to avoid a mismatch. Long term assets should be tailored towards long term investment objectives and vice versa for short term assets. Very often you find that the opposite of this happens and results in sub-optimal returns and people fall short of achieving their goals. The same applies to debt; it is usually a disaster where short term monies have been used to fund long term assets, you would see many a company going down on account of such...