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....
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...
BY BUKOLA OGUNSINA, CHINA China and Nigeria presently share amiable relations that has been further strengthened through China’s infrastructural projects in Nigeria, funding, high level visits, and media exchanges among others. Nigeria’s new Ambassador to China, H.E Baba Ahmad Jidda, in this interview with BUKOLA OGUNSINA, gives more insight on the bilateral cooperation both countries enjoy. What is your mandate as the new Nigerian Ambassador to China? As Nigerian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), I have what we call a station charter given to me by Mr President. A kind of schedule of duty that I am expected to accomplish while serving as Ambassador in the PRC. I am expected to take effective measures to defend and promote Nigeria’s national interest in China and to promote and project a positive image of Nigeria consistent with its size, rich cultural heritage, international status and strategic geopolitical importance in Africa. As...
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...
That the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, has relentlessly led the tireless officers, airmen and airwomen of the Nigerian Air Force in the arduous task of preserving the nation’s territorial integrity, is to say the least in the mildest way. In this interview with PEMBI DAVID-STEPHEN, he speaks on the ongoing fight against insurgency, motivation of air force personnel and synergy among the three arms of the Nigerian military. What do you consider your major achievements so far as the Chief of the Air Staff? Whenever I look at what the Air Force has achieved over the past few years, it can best be described as a team effort. All the Chief of the Staff does is to give strategic directions but he cannot be everywhere all the time. I would rather tell you about the things we have done over the last two years,...
In this five minute chat with Mubarak Umar, Kannywood superstar, Nafisa Abdullahi bares her mind on the current situation in the industry and shares some of good news to her fans. You were off-screen for a quite sometimes, what’s new? Actually, I will not say I am off-screen, it is just something like break. And I did that to concentrate on my new project which will hit screen soonest. You know as an actor, it is good to stay aside and think big. Film is not only for your fans, but for everybody. When you want give the best, you have to think well so that you come out with better ideas that will be generally accepted. How many projects are at your hand right now? My name gets attached to a lot of films. I can’t give a yes or no to this, until my dates are sorted. I have locked many scripts...
BY BODE GBADEBO Senator Mustapha Sani Mohammed represents Niger South in the Senate and he is the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes. In this interview with journalists, he bares his mind on the activities of the Red Chamber, his legislative interventions for his constituents, among others. BODE GBADEBO was there for LEADERSHIP Friday. As a first-term Senator, how much do you understand the legislative nuances and what is your assessment of the 8th Senate? Starting with your question about how much I understand the Senate, I think, for human beings, learning is continuous. It never ends, and nobody can know everything. But before I declared my intention to contest for my current seat, I vigorously studied what it is and what it entails and what my duties are if I eventually won the seat. So after assuming the seat, I didn’t face much difficulty understanding the...
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 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...