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...
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 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...
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...
Dr Casmir Nnaemeka is a clinical psychologist and chief executive officer of Abuja-based ‘At Peace Centre’. He recommends psycho-medicine as a way of tackling the increasing rate of aggression and depression among Nigerians. He spoke with AGBO-PAUL AUGUSTINE As a clinical psychologist, what’s your advice in tackling the high level of aggression in the country? Nigeria as a country has had series of aggressive crisis at different times, ranging from political, ethnic, and religious aggressions and the most recent, the Arewa youths call on Igbos to quit the North by October 1, 2017. The problem with this country is that our leaders have been feeding us with lies that we have grown to believe the lies as truth. In recent times, the emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, told Nigerians that we should tell ourselves the truth that the problem we are facing in this country is not ethnic ties...
Alhaji Murtala Dantoro is the DG Minna Airport City Project and Babanna Free Trade Zone, Niger State. The social entrepreneur, youth development advocate speaks about his life and passion for humanity and other sundry issues. He speaks with ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM in Abuja. We understand that you have created a lot of impact in your community. What motivated you? I will like to thank almighty Allah who used my late father to make me the man I am today. When I completed my primary school in New-Bussa, then it was Kwara state, he took me to Ghana to continue my education. One of my friends had a small NGO in Kumasi, so I got involved in it and since then I loved it. Giving back to the community was it for me. After my senior secondary education I had the opportunity to go to Dublin, Republic of Ireland to further my education....
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...
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,...
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...
Munzali Jibril, president of Nigerian Institute of Management, (NIM) in this interview with OLAJIDE FABAMISE, speaks on corporate governance, the challenges and benefits in Nigeria’s democratic governance. What informed the choice of the theme of the conference ‘Corporate Governance and Institutional Performance’? Lack of corporate governance is part of the problem of this country, whether in the private or public sector. When you look at the wrong things, it will be discovered that corporate governance is being flouted. The framers of the constitution in their wisdom created the National Assembly as a check on the enormous powers of the executive but the National Assembly is not performing that function. Most times the members are pursuing their selfish interests. Certain chairmen of committees compete with ministers of the same portfolio. Some of them flout the provisions of Federal Character in employment. There is conflict of interest. Governors embezzle public funds. Government officials...