Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Missing (TREM) Dr. Mike Okonkwo, spoke to journalists shortly after the grand finale of the 2017 Leading Edge Conference in Abuja, ADEBIYI ADEDAPO was there for LEADERSHIP Sunday. There have been a heated debate on restructuring of Nigeria’s federalism in recent time, what is your opinion? When it’s the season for something, you can’t hold back the season. There has never been so much agitation for restructuring as like it is now. Even those who had hitherto been indifferent to it and never touched it are now beginning to touch it. That’s an indication that  the hour has come and I believe with all my heart that if this nation is restructured, it will help us to be creative. It will take us faster than we expected. It would make even those that are in politics to be creative because what most of them are...
Prince Tonye Princewill was the Rivers State governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2015 general election. Recently, he defected to another opposition party in the state-the All Progressives Congress (APC). He spoke with select journalists on his switch of parties and other issues. ANAYO ONUKWUGHA was there. Recently, the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Chief Felix Obuah described you as a ‘political vendor’ following you appearance on two private radio stations in one day. What is your reaction to that? I have been called worse names than the name ‘political vendor’ before now. I have been called ‘political prostitute’. May be because during the last flooding in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area, I commiserated with the people who were affected by the flood. The PDP chairman, Chief Felix Obuah will never forget that gesture because the people of ONELGA felt like they were...
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...
The director general of the Niger State Pension Board, Malam Usman Tinau Muhammad in this interview with ABU NMODU gives details of what the state government is doing to meet its pension obligations to retirees in the state and Governor Abubakar Sani Bello’s efforts in the area of prudent management of resources. How far has it been with the ongoing payment of backlog of gratuities to retirees under the old pension scheme in the state by the government? Well the state government just released the fourth batch of the old Pension scheme’s payment and gratuities. We feel pleased all the times when the government or this administration fulfills its promises and one of the promises like I always say is the fact that our senior citizens are being catered for as funds are made available. If you could recall I have given out figures as regards to first batch, second...
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...
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...
The President of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), a world body that oversees civil aviation globally, Dr. Olumuyiwa Bernard Aliu in this interview with ANTHONY AWUNOR, explains the future of ‘Remotely Piloted Aircraft System’ (RPAS) in Africa and other issues affecting the aviation industry in the continent. How do you see the future of RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) in Africa? I think the phenomenon of RPAS, the expansion is taking place all over the world and I am sure that in Africa, it will be the same situation. I see a lot of enthusiasm during the symposium and the workshop. The hall was filled with people asking many questions. It is an indication that there is a lot of interest. Particularly that you can use the technology for different things, either private initiatives or government initiatives such as border patrol, in agriculture, in education, in photography. So, it is left...
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...
The President of 12-12 Polo and Turf Club, Nuhu Sani, has no doubt cut a niche for himself in sports promotion in Nigeria having nurtured one of the most sophisticated and arguably the best equestrian sports facility from the scratch to its gangling and enviable status and in the process provided job opportunities and entertainment to many Nigerians. The facility which encompasses horse racing and polo events has witnessed remarkable milestones in its 7- years of existence. ANDREW ESSIEN reports.   Can we have an insight into the activities of 12-12 polo and turf club?   12-12 Polo and Turf Club is a world class facility for Polo, Horseracing and other equestrian sports. The club derived its name from the day and month Abuja was officially inaugurated as the Federal Capital Territory; December 12, 1991. This gesture is a tribute to Abuja the Nigeria’s political and administrative center, and a symbol of Nigeria’s...
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...