By Olanrewaju Arotimi, Calabar The managing director, Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA), Hon. Emmanuel Jime, yesterday  said the Calabar Free Trade Zone (CFTZ), has attracted over 11,000 direct and indirect employment in Cross River State, since inception. This is even  as the state governor, Prof Ben Ayade, while receiving the management team of NEPZA during a courtesy call on him in Calabar, promised to reverse the revocation of a parcel of land given to the Calabar Free Trade Zone (CFTZ) by the administration of former governor, Donald Duke. The land, measuring about 98.024 hectare, was revoked by the administration of the immediate past governor of the state, Senator Liyel Imoke, it was gathered. In his address at the occasion, the MD told the governor that despite all odds, the zone had recorded giant strides including massive job creation, technology transfer/skill acquisition from Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), granting of scholarship to members of...
BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA, Port Harcourt The minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani, has faulted media reports suggesting that he holds the current managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr Nsima Ekere, responsible for poor projects delivery in Akwa Ibom State. The minister, who also dissociated himself from the media report, described it as malicious, saying that “they do not convey any coherent correlation between my views and the role of the current management for the deeds that span for more than one decade.” Uguru, in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP in Port Harcourt  yesterday, said, “Whereas I expressed discontent for obvious observations of poor project execution during my visit to Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State, there is no vestige of attributing the cause to the current management.” He stated that he is conscious of the fact that his observation predates the current management which places no...
By Fred Edoreh May 20 is a special day in Delta State. It marks the consummation of the vision of the Ifeanyi Okowa led Delta State Government to restore the heritage of the Principals Cup, a platform which gave life to Nigerian football and empowered the youth to great career heights. Chiedu Ebie, the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, described the mission very assuringly: “one key area for us is in the improvement of schools sports. To this end, one area we focused on is football, and the Principals Cup. Our focus is long term and our plan is that it will serve as a breeding ground for discovering young footballing talents bearing in mind that Delta State is known for its sporting prowess and achievements,” he said. This resonates succinctly with the cry by veteran David Aigbovo for the return of the competition. In the days of the old Bendel...
By Sunday Isuwa, Abuja The national president of Christian Association of Nigeria Youth wing (YOWICAN), Engr Daniel David Kadzai, yesterday, commended the federal government for their efforts in the release of about 82 abducted Chibok schoolgirls. CAN also called on politicians not to use the issue for political gains. Kadzai said the young girls went through a lot of trauma, but hoped that the swapping of five  Boko Haram members with the 82 kidnapped schoolgirls would not be a mirage in fighting the terrorist group. He enjoined Christians to pray more for the release of the remaining girls in captivity and many other people in the custody of Boko Haram. “We have been praying for the release of these girls and any other person adducted. Let us also pray for the total collapse of the Boko Haram group because their activities affect mostly Christians in the country. “These girls went through captivity for more than...
By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, Abuja The House of Representatives yesterday issued a 24-hour ultimatum to the embattled Director General of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayo Oke to appear it and explain his role in the N13 billion found in an apartment in Ikoyi Lagos. It also summoned the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd) and Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, Chairman of the committee on National Security and Intelligence, mandated to probe the matter, Hon. Aminu Sani Jaji  confirmed the receipt of useful information and petitions from members of the general public on the local and foreign currencies totaling about $43.4 million, £27,800 and N23.2 million. At a briefing, Sani who expressed displeasure over the failure of all the stakeholders to appear before the Committee yesterday, explained that the investigative hearing was in...
By Juliana Agbo with Agency Report Left-leaning former human rights lawyer Moon Jae-In won South Korea’s presidential election by a landslide Tuesday, according to official figures, sweeping to power on a yearning for change after a tumultuous scandal. The ballot was needed after Park Geun-Hye was ousted and indicted for corruption, and took place against a backdrop of high tensions with the nuclear-armed North. Voters were galvanised by anger over the sprawling bribery and abuse-of-power controversy that brought down Park, which catalysed frustrations over jobs and slowing growth. They gave Moon, of the Democratic Party, who backs engagement with the North, 40.2 percent support -- some 11.4 million votes -- according to the National Election Commission (NEC). Conservative Hong Joon-Pyo -- who dubs Moon a “pro-Pyongyang  leftist” was far behind on 25.2 percent, with centrist Ahn Cheol-Soo third on 21.5 per cent. Fewer than 4.2 million votes cast in the election were still to be counted...
By Akindele Abraham, Abuja The Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Times newspaper, Mr Fidelis Anosike has disclosed that Nigeria cannot get it right amongst comity of nations, if it cannot promote the Freedom of Information Act. Anosike who stated this yesterday in Abuja, during a press conference ahead of the newspaper’s 91st year of existence and its awards Daily Times Heroes Award for Outstanding Achievement 2017, also called for concerted effort for the promotion of ethical practices in the nation’s media industry. The publisher also called on government and relevant stakeholders in the nation to cheer the nation’s media industry so as to spur them for national development. He also stressed the need for media houses in the country to brazen up to the 21st challenges facing the media industry and act promptly. According to him, ‘’We cannot get it right as a country if we don’t promote the freedom of information act and encourage...
BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN, Kaduna The European Union (EU) Ambassador to Nigeria, Mitchel Arrion, has said that the EU has no interest whatsoever to colonise the West African markets contrary to insinuations from certain stakeholders. He stated this at the EU-Kaduna trade and investment seminar with relevant stakeholders in attendance. According to him, “Let me state clearly that the EU has no interest to economically colonise the West African market (as sometimes I hear from the media or from uninformed stakeholders).” He emphasised that pursuing such an objective would only increase poverty in the region, create instability and run counter all the development cooperation efforts that the EU have been pursuing for decades in West Africa. “The EU’s main interest in West Africa, of which the European Partnership Agreement (EPA) is one of the instruments to ensure the prosperity, peace and security of the region. “Today, EU and West Africa are facing common threats of terrorism...
By Stellamaries Amuwa, Abuja The director-general of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, Folorunsho Coker has expressed  commitment to partner with the Association of Nigerian Journalists and Writers of Tourism (ANJET) in order to achieve a redefinition of the tourism sector to bring about economic growth and development in the country. He said this while addressing members of ANJET led by its  president,  Andrew Okungbowa, who paid a courtesy visit to the corporation’s headquarters in Abuja, recently. The NTDC boss emphasised that journalism is key to the marketing and promotion of domestic tourism product pointing out that NTDC is the driving force of the tourism agenda for   a sustainable tourism industry in Nigeria. He said, “The domestic tourism market can yield revenue and jobs if packaged properly.” Okungbowa, who earlier in his speech congratulated the director general on his new appointment also expressed gratitude for affording the group the rare opportunity to air their position...
LEADERSHIP EDITORS The  Department of State Security (DSS) on Tuesday presented a video evidence at the FCT High Court, Lugbe, where Femi Otedola was seen giving out a parcel to Hon. Farouq Lawan. Justice Angela Otaruku granted the request of the prosecuting counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), to play the video as evidence of Lawan collecting the said bribe from Otedola. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the request was made with the Awomolo led the DSS Prosecutor, David Ojataha, Principal Officer in-charge of Technical Operations, DSS in evidence. The video, revealing an exchange of parcel, lasted for almost three minutes. “The video I just played are those of  Femi Otedola and Hon. Farouq Lawan where there was an exchange of parcel at Otedola’s house in Aso drive, Abuja,” said Awomolo. The DSS prosecutor, however, told the court that he was saddled with the responsibility of recording the video by the DSS because of...