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...
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...
Though they are not where they belong and they don’t belong where they are, the almajirai, perceived as beggars and wanderers by many, have something good up their sleeves. PEMBI DAVID-STEPHEN and Anthony Adah Abraham write. n a sunny February afternoon, young boys in the north east city of Bauchi, the Bauchi State capital, were the cynosure of all eyes. With joy beyond measure, the boys, between 6 and 13 years old, were moving together in their dirty clothes, holding their plastic plates of various colours, collecting remnant food from guests and sharing same among themselves. They were not intimidated by their looks but expressed love and care for one another. The occasion was a wedding fathia in Tafawa Balewa Estate, Bauchi. The almajiri does not stand out among the dignitaries at weddings or any function not because in all cases, he is not invited. Despite the fact that they...
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...
Dr. Mike Omotosho is the immediate past district governor of the Rotary Club of Nigeria and a 2015 Labour Party gubernatorial candidate in Kwara State. In this interview with CHIDI NWACHUKWU, he bares his mind on the issues that trailed his governorship race and sundry issues. You contested for the governorship of Kwara State in 2015, what’s the major reason why you didn’t succeed? Well, I prefer to tell people that I was not declared the winner, not that I didn’t succeed. For every endeavour, the essence is to be positive, and we were very positive. For everything you do in life it’s not all about winning, and the definition of success differs from one person to the other. As far as we were concerned, we made it very clear and obvious that there is a large chunk of people that are very dissatisfied with the status quo, and they will...
Dr Zainab Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, a medical doctor, founder of MEDICAID and wife of Kebbi State governor, raises the bar in breastfeeding and child nutrition campaigns in the country with the establishment of breastfeeding rooms in government workplaces for nursing mothers in the state. This initiative is the first of its kind in the country. YAHYA SARKI writes. Recently, the wife of the governor of Kebbi State, Dr. Zainab Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, a medical doctor and the founder of MEDICAID foundation, a foundation that enlightens women on dangers of cancer and administers free cancer treatment on women, initiated a concept that attracted national and international acceptance and recognition. The concept which is aimed at improving the health of child and mother through exclusive breastfeeding is the establishment of Breastfeeding Rooms for working mothers in ministries and other government establishments. The initiative has come to fruition and was launched in Brinin Kebbi,...
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...

Double Jeopardy For Mercy

HEMBADOON ORSAR writes that an irascible staff of Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC) in Makurdi shattered the skull of a 16-year-old girl after disconnecting power from her father’s house. Wonders shall never end, as a staff of Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC) whose duty is just supposed to be to distribute bills, disconnect and reconnect electricity to homes in Welfare Quarters, Makurdi the Benue State capital went gaga and in the process, allegedly broke the skull of 16-year-old Mercy Idoko a resident of Welfare Quarters, with the pliers he is using for his work, leaving the young lady with a penetrating cut on her forehead. Our correspondent gathered that some staff of the JEDC were in the area to disconnect electricity from some houses who are allegedly owing the company and after disconnecting power from Mr Idoko’s compound in Welfare Quarters and cut off the wires, Mercy’s elder sister came...
Reporting about persons with disabilities in the media demands special skills. In this report, PAUL UWADIMA, espouses the skills using the book, “Guidelines: How to Write and Report About People with Disabilities.” The writing and reportage of issues affecting Persons Living With Disabilities (PLWDs) should follow a pattern that will not diminish the people with disabilities or stigmatize them. According to the WHO/World Bank World Report on Disability in 2011, one billion people or 15 per cent of the world population experience some form of disability and disability prevalence is higher for developing countries. The Report revealed that one-fifth of the estimated global total or between 110million and 190million people experience significant disabilities. The same report indicated that about 25million Nigerians had at least one disability while 3.6million of these had very significant difficulties in functioning.  Meanwhile the 2006 Nigerian census reported 3,253,169 people with disabilities or 2.32 per cent of the...
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...