Former Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, who now represents Kano Central Senatorial District in the Senate, speaks on a wide range of national issues. He spoke to MUYIWA OYINLOLA   Should the presidency remain in the North or power should shift to the South in 2019 because you are one those who led the agitation for power to return to the North in the last political dispensation? In this game, one has to try and be a team player. And I have been a team player for a very long time since I started politics. During the days of SDP and NRC, we collectively decided that power should shift to the South. And we worked so hard. At the end of the day, after the first primary election of Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, Falae and others, the government then decided to cancel it and we started all over, and in SDP, we...
By BAYO AMODU Mr. Seun Peters is the managing director of Interjet Nigeria Limited, an indigenous firm that specializes in sale and maintenance of aircraft. In this interview with BAYO AMODU, the renowned lawyer explains how Nigeria’s aviation sector can overcome most of its challenges and other salient issues in the industry. What are your views on the current state of the Nigeria’s aviation industry in terms of infrastructure development? First of all, I must commend the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, for what he is doing. I commend him for his efforts in terms of concessioning of the facilities at the nation’s airports. This is a step in the right direction. The major challenge we are facing in the sector, which I think we can overcome is that if we privatized 80% of the aviation industry and put it in the hands of private operators, it will...
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...
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...
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....
The 2017 African Arts and Crafts Expo (AFAC), hosted in Abuja which showcased the rich cultures of different African countries has come and gone but its memories will linger. Stellamaries Amuwa, writes on what the event had on offer. Call it a successful exposition or better still culture at its best with the 10th edition of the Africa Arts and Crafts expo (AFAC). Tagged: ‘Nigerian Crafts, the Untapped Treasure,’ and organized by the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), it officially began on September 5, 2017, and ended after an eventful two weeks of art and culture exposition. The event featured not less than 150 exhibitors from about 20 Nigerian states and some foreign countries. African Arts and Crafts (AFAC) Expo as conceived in 2008 by the National Council for Arts and Culture, was borne out of the need to recapture the spirit of culture and tourism as well as...
The issue of non-payment of workers’ salaries has come to a head in Benue State as long-drawn exchange of brickbats between the government and labour leaders in the state and at national level has followed the seven-day warning strike, embarked by workers in the state. HEMBADOON ORSAR writes Following the lingering crises between the Benue State government and organised labour in the state over default in payment of salaries to the state’s civil servants, the national secretariat of the Nigeria Labour Congress waded in with a view to finding a common ground on the problem. There has a cold war between labour in the state and the state government which started when the government directed all civil servants to submit their statement of account for a reason which was not explained. It was a directive that came after the workers just resumed from a seven-day warning strike in protest of the...
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...