By Jonathan Nda-Isaiah, Chibuzo Ukaibe Abuja, EMMANUEL MGBEAHURUIKE, Owerri and MATTHIAS NWOGU, Umuahia The delegation of the Northern Governors Forum yesterday continued its peace mission to the South East and South South geo-political zones of the country, with   Imo and Anambra States as their next ports of call. The peace mission by the Northern governors to the two zones is part of efforts to douse tension and promote peace and dialogue among all sections of the country. During their visit to Imo State governor and chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha, chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima regretted that some of the nation’s elite, either wittingly or unwittingly, fan the embers of discord, hatred and segregation among the citizenry. The governor who decried the slow pace of infrastructural facilities in the South East, including poor road networks, attributed the sad development to greed...
By Winifred Ogbebo Unrestricted access to quality and essential medicine and medical products are germane to achieving a healthier world, experts have posited. Access to essential medicines as part of the right to the highest attainable standard of health (“the right to health”) is well-founded in international law. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the right to health first emerged as a social right in the Constitution (1946) and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) The director of Centre for Drug Discovery, Development and Production (CDDDP), University of Ibadan, Prof  Chinedum P. Babalola, has said that lack of access to essential medicines remains one of the most serious global public health problems. She said essential medicines save lives and improve health when they are available, affordable, of assured quality and properly used. Babalola gave the disclosure recently during a two-day international conference organised by the Centre for Drug Discovery, Development and Production...
By Chinelo Chikelu LEADERSHIP Books & Arts, Meet Manju Mishra, the founder and Director of College of Journalism and Mass Communication (CJMC), and the Nepal Africa Film Festival (NAFF). With the theme, Africa Through African Lens, Mishra aims to dispel stereotyped perception of Africa portrayed in Western media around the globe. Manju believes Africa has much more to her than the negative image presented to world. By organizing a film festival, she offers Nepalese updates of developments on the continent, which like Nepal is a developing nation. With NAFF, Africans tell their stories in their own voice. Since its inception in 2011, the festival has screened over movies from over 15 to 20 African countries, 2 Nigerian films Crisis In Paradise 1 & 2, and hopes to partner with Nollywood to promote African culture throughout Asia. As at the time of publishing this interview, LEADERSHIP confirmed Nigeria will not be...
by OLUSHOLA BELLO, Lagos The decision of Morocco to join the ECOWAS did not come to those familiar with the International politics as a surprise. What is however surprising was the veiled support Nigeria as a country seems to be giving to the initiatives. Immediately the deal was announced, many expected Nigeria to frown at it and ensure it was never given a thought, especially as the country remains the domain figure in the ECOWAS bloc, contributing more than 60 per cent of its total revenue. Though Nigeria was not present at the 51st summit of the regional body held in Monrovia, Liberia when the decision to approve in principle Morocco’s application to the ECOWAS was taken, the country was expected to have voiced its opposition to the idea. Rather, Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama only said, “The principle of course is one of non-hostility to Morocco. There’s no enmity there...
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,...
A comparative analysis by YUSUF BABALOLA on the ease of doing business and port charges between Nigerian ports and those of the other countries in the West coast and Central Africa exposes clearly why importers prefer ports of neighbouring countries and run from Nigerian ports Even as the Federal Government is determined to reduce the cost of doing business at Nigerian seaports and to move ahead in its current global ranking on ease of doing business index, Nigerian importers and shippers are losing a whopping N100billion to demurrage charges by shipping companies operating in the nation’s seaports. This is because Nigeria demurrage-free days are the lowest among its peers in neighboring West and Central Africa. According to investigation if not addressed would affect Nigeria’s ranking in the next global index of ease of doing business. Demurrage is the charge levied by the shipping line on the consignee if the container is not...
Tonye Princewill is a Rivers State-born politician, a two-time governorship candidate in the state, a bigwig of the APC and a successful entrepreneur. He speaks on governance and politics in his native state and at the national turf. He spoke to Tony Egbulefu and Maimunat Mohammed Nna. One of the major trending issues in the polity is restructuring. What are  thoughts; your position as an individual about the clamor for restructuring and the entire back and forth argument on it? I am glad you addressed the question to me as an individual, which is a good context because as a member of APC I know that the party has set up a committee to look into that and to come out with a position. So I speak as an individual and as individual, I have always said that the word restructuring is very loose. If you look at the dictionary definition...
Uche Sylva-Aladi is the chairman/CEO Divine Reward and Services Limited. He speaks to journalists on ways to arrest herders and farmers clashes in the country and says grass farming is the new way to make money. Ruth Tene was there. The minister of agriculture has been severally been criticised for his suggestion for importation of grass, what is your view about this? Those criticisms came out of ignorance, he was actually explaining to Nigerians the problems we are faced with and how to go about solving the problems and the opportunities available in the problem we had, but instead of people discovering the opportunities available, they went on critisising. Our Company, Divine Reward Services discovered this opportunity and tapped into it. In the past two years we have gone into cultivation, establishment of pasture, grazing and to solve the insecurity between the herdsmen and crop producers in Nigeria and to also...
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....

Murdered For Her Love

Osa Okhomina captures the grisly tale of the tragic end of Oyinye Faustina Eze, a 33-year-old staff of Globacom in the hands of a man she secretly married and was pregnant for. Oyinye Faustina Eze, a 33-year-old staff of the Mobile Telecommunication Company, Globacom, was described a pretty, calm staff, who took work seriously and was never late to office. But in the last few days to her death, many of the fellow workers noticed some distractions in her life and her frequent movement in some hotels in town with a particular man. His name is Stephen Ogho-Oghene Akpata, her husband. While many described as “sad, wicked and cruel” the way and manner Oyinye’s death came, others said she died because she married her dream man-a man she secretly married in a registry and hoped to shock everyone with an elaborate society wedding. Investigations revealed that  Mr Akpata , from Delta State had...