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...
BY TAIWO OGUNMOLA-OMILANI There is no doubt that Nigeria’s population is increasing daily with the high rate of child birth. In controlling this, healthcare centres have started distributing condoms to mothers. TAIWO OGUNMOLA-OMILANI writes.  The rate at which people give birth to children in Nigeria is alarming. This trend is common among the poor people and when we asked some of them why they take delight in having many children, they quote the book of Genesis 1 verse 28 that says “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.’ The trading economics global macro models and analysts’ expectations said that in the long-term, the Nigerian population is projected to trend around 203.13 million in 2020, according to their econometric models. Therefore, the fear of overpopulation made the Federal Government to commence family planning campaign in all primary healthcare centres across the country. The jingle is in both local languages and English...
BY OLUREMI OMOWAIYE The medical doctors of the UNIOSUN extraction, who left the shores of Nigeria, over four years ago, recently returned to the country having passed distinctively, the 2017 KROK 2 Ukraine National Medical Examinations. OLUREMI OMOWAIYE writes. Osun State University, which was established in 2006 by the Olagunsoye Oyinlola administration, started with six campuses spread across the length and breadth of Osun, as a matter of compulsion and necessity which is a statutory norm for such venture in the tertiary education sector, the Nigeria University Commission (NUC) must give approval and license for the takeoff and all the courses must be fully accredited by the same body. Suffice to say, they sought and got the needed nod before the admission of students into the university commenced which was why JAMB recognised UNIOSUN. Alas, the path to freedom doesn’t end there; there are other regulatory bodies for selected courses in...
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...
By  JULIANA AGBO As a consummate and highly experienced political leader with a deep commitment and unrivalled passion for grassroots development, Hon. Hassan Omale, representing Ankpa/Omala/Olamaboro federal constituency of Kogi State always stands out among other statesmen of his caliber. This is because he has never allowed the trappings and grandeur of office to stand between him and his avowed goals of lifting up his people from the shackles of poverty, hunger, disease, homelessness and mass unemployment. Driven by an almost missionary zeal in ensuring total political, economic and social liberation of his beloved people, Omale has constantly seen his primary vocation in the political arena as being one of service, duty, benevolence and charity towards his constituents. In this regard, he has abided by his campaign promises of using elective office to improve the lot of his people, contrary to the widespread notion that political office holders are fund of...
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...
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,...
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...