Change Begins With Education

BY Adamu Adamu Welcome Address delivered at the Presidential Retreat on Education for Ministers held on November 13, 2017 at Old Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja It is with great respect and gratitude that I welcome His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, to this important Presidential Retreat on Education for Ministers. Your Excellency, your presence at this important and historic event is a demonstration of leadership and your personal commitment to education and the passion and commitment of this administration to revitalize our education sector and develop the nation’s human capital. The education family respectfully welcomes you to this retreat; and, with your permission, I would also like to welcome His Excellency Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Distinguished Senators and Honourable Members of the National Assembly, Ministers of the Federal Republic and other invited personalities who have graced this occasion. Permit me, Your Excellency, to also specially thank the Vice President for the initial...
The General Manager of Kwese TV Nigeria, Elizabeth Amkpa spoke to CHIMA AKWAJA and TAIWO OGUNMOLA during a courtesy visit by her management team to LEADERSHIP Newspaper office. She talks on the plans to hit the ground running, the company’s unique approach to the market and why it is here for the long term.   Nigerians are interested in knowing why Kwese TV decided to launch into this market and what you are bring to the table? Kwese is the newest kid on the block redefining television (TV) in Africa. We are part of the Econet Media stable which and we aim to change the face of African broadcasting. Premised on the concept of TV everywhere and anywhere, Kwese is revolutionizing the media industry in Africa by catering to the changing needs of today’s globally connected Africa viewer. Last month we entered into the Nigerian market with Kwese TV, bring the very best...
Barr Chukwunonso Daniel Ogbe is the state chairman of African Peoples Alliance (APA). He was also the party’s chairmanship candidate for Enugu South in the just concluded Enugu State Local Government Elections, which he lost. In this interview with LEADERSHIP, Ogbe gives a vivid account of what happened on November 4, 2017, saying the election was anything but credible, free and fair. What is your take on the just concluded Enugu council polls? The just concluded 2017 local government council election of Enugu State embodies nothing short of the desecration of democratic ethos. It is my opinion, founded upon what I personally witnessed on the 4th day of November 2017, and the information supplied to me by party agents of African Peoples Alliance in Enugu State, that the 2017 local government council election was not free, neither was it fair. What happened in Enugu State on the 4th day of November...
Few banks are committed to the agriculture value chain in alignment with the Federal Government’s current policy focus of diversifying the economy and re-positioning the agriculture sector to play a lead role in economic development. KAYODE TOKEDE examines how First City Monument Bank (FCMB) has been supporting the government’s Agrobusiness drive and implementation of the government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), Medium Term Plan for 2017-2020. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) this year had announced that four main economic activities comprising oil, agriculture, manufacturing and trade aided the nation’s economy out of recession. It also showed that agriculture sector continued its strong and positive growth, which it had maintained throughout the recession, growing by 3.01 per cent in the second quarter of 2017, from 3.39 per cent in the second quarter of 2017 and 4.53 per cent in the second quarter of 2016. The above implies that the government’s focus...

PDP Not Ready Yet For 2019 – Ude

Chief Jackson Ude was a Presidential aide during the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan. Trained in the United States and Canada, Ude, a presidential strategist, worked in the Public Affairs Directorate and later with Research, Strategy and Documentation with the late Oronto Douglas. He is member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In this interview, with CHIBUZO UKAIBE, the Abia State born politician speaks about the PDP and President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration PDP is preparing for a national convention on December 9 this year. From events so far, do you think your party has learnt any lessons from the recent crisis, particularly with regards to the imposition of candidates by the its governors? I truly have not seen any visible lesson the party has learnt. Otherwise by now, PDP would have become a major opposition to APC. The party is currently in a timid mode. By now, PDP should have entered its...
When Alhaji Abdulrahman Abubakar of Kogi East Senatorial District sought to go to the Senate to represent his people in the 8th National Assembly, little did he know his anticipated victory at the polls would be given to another without recourse to Nigeria's Constitution and Electoral Act affirming so. In this no- holds barred interview with LEADERSHIP Friday, the embittered senator bares his mind on what he described as  the conspiracy of the system that favors injustice in place of justice. You described your political travail as overt misplacement of justice. Are you saying INEC was compromised? The daylight robbery is a case of blatant injustice perpetrated by some unscrupulous men in high places in connivance with the Independent National Election Commission(INEC), a supposed impartial referee in electoral contest. All attempts to secure justice through the legal process since 2015 till today, almost two years after, has met a brick wall...
Former Deputy National Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, in this interview, says his 10 years cognate experience in administrative matters at the party’s National Secretariat gives him an edge over his co-aspirants for the National Chairmanship position of the party. MUYIWA OYINLOLA presents the excerpt. The campaign has started in earnest, where have you taken your campaign to and how has the reception been like? First of all, we arranged that we were going to go through every state and when we had a meeting with the Apex member of the campaign team, they said the roads are bad and we would not be able to complete the state-by-state campaign by the time the election would hold. It was then suggested that we talk to the Zonal chairmen so that we could meet all the states under any zone at the zonal capital. So, when...
It is no longer news that 21,780 teachers in Kaduna State failed a competence test set by the government to evaluate their ability or lack of it to continue to remain in the state’s teaching service. It is also not news that the competence test was based on standards reserved for primary four pupils. What is news is that they are not ashamed of themselves. Worse is that they are celebrating their incompetence. The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in the state and the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) who, ordinarily ought to have been embarrassed, are making a case for the continued retention of these bunch of illiterates as teachers and for them to continue to mislead the children put in their care. They argue that the test was not professionally done and, to further expose the shallow interest they represent, the unions are issuing threats to the effect that...
By OLUSHOLA BELLO, Lagos The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has reacted to the 2018 budget estimate presented to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja Tuesday, noting that its implementation would boost the capital market. The apex capital market regulator said it was determined to ensure that the budget played its role in enhancing the performance of the market in order to achieve the overall objective of the budget. Speaking at the Commission’s 2018  budget seminar held in Lagos on Friday, the director-general of SEC, Mr. Mounir Gwarzo  said that the implementation of the budget would determine its impact on the economy, adding that the capital market was ready to leverage on such impact. Gwarzo noted that the budget has effect on the fortunes of the equities market because of the effects of the exchange rate and other variables which, in turn, impact the larger economy. “The Commission’s budget seminar series,...
By CHIKA IZUORA, Lagos There is palpable apprehension among operators of tank farms in Nigeria following federal government’s determination to end the importation refined petroleum products in the country by 2019. Consequently, commercial investment in tank farms and other storage facilities across the country is looking like a miscalculated business venture for owners who procured loans from commercial banks to set them up. LEADERSHIP Sunday recalls that portfolio investors latched on to opportunities provided by the petroleum subsidy regime to make investments in that sub sector. Despite being an oil-producing nation, Nigeria still relies on imported petroleum products such as petrol (PMS), diesel (AGO) and kerosene (DPK) for domestic and industrial use at an average of 60 million litres daily usage. A recent policy of the federal government on deregulation of the downstream oil industry made it possible for oil marketers to import and warehouse petroleum products in tank farms for storage and resale. LEADERSHIP...