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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...