Umahi: Why I won’t castigate Buhari

David Umahi

Chief Dave Umahi is the governor of Ebonyi State. In this interview, he speaks on Nigeria at 58, his relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari and how he has piloted affairs of the state despite low Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and poor monthly allocation from the Federal Government. UCHENNA INYA reports   At 58, Nigeria is still divided along ethnic and religious lines and these always manifest during elections. How do you think the country can overcome this challenge? We are all very concerned about the level of division we have…

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Dust over EFCC’s watch list tag on Fayose

Barely seven days to the end of his tenure in office, Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has been put under watch list by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to prevent him from leaving the country discreetly and evade prosecution for alleged corrupt acts. Can the EFCC place a sitting governor under watch list? Lawyers say yes, no. AKEEM NAFIU reports   Hostilities between outgoing Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been renewed following a memorandum by the…

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Oyo APC guber primary, an exercise in futility – Shittu

Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, in this interview, speaks on his disqualification from the Oyo State governorship race, his disagreement with Governor Abiola Ajimobi, and the second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari, among other issues. WALE ELEGBEDE monitored the interaction on Channels Television   Are you embarrassed by reports that you don’t hold the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate? I was not embarrassed by it because I am aware that there were lots of shenanigans to stop me from the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primaries in Oyo…

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Defection: Court summons Saraki, Dogara, Akpabio, 52 others

  Days after Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, a former Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio and 52 others dumped their party to achieve their aspirations in other political parties, a Federal High Court in Abuja has given them a 30-day ultimatum within which to explain why they would not lose their seats at the National Assembly in accordance with Section 68 (1) (g) of the 1999 Constitution. The court, in a suit initiated by an advocacy group—the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) said Saraki…

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Providing best deals for Nigerian motorists

Following failure on the part of most Nigerian motorists to embrace insurance, underwriters are now gaining upper hand by introducing and adding irresistible deals into products. Sunday Ojeme reports   Beyond creating channels to boost their premiums, Nigerian underwriters are going steps further to make policyholders get the best out of their covers through critical thinking and product initiatives. The development, which has assumed an accelerated dimension in recent time, is obviously predicated on the admonition from the regulator, the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), urging them to create products that…

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Sowemimo: NJC’s hammer on Ajumogobia, Agbadu-Fishim expected

Mr. Seyi Sowemimo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), in this interview with AKEEM NAFIU speaks on NJC’s hammer on Justices Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia and James Agbadu-Fishim, Fayose, EFCC face-off, President Buhari’s directive on police summons on Adeleke and sundry issues     What implication will the dismissal of Justices Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia and James Agbadu-Fishim’s by the National Judicial Council (NJC) have on the nation’s judiciary? It is a positive development in the sense that it will show that the system is being rid of corrupt elements. This type of action…

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ICTRD names executive secretary

The International Centre for Tax Research and Development (ICTRD) has appointed Godwin Oyedokun as its first executive secretary. A statement by the Centre said that Oyedokun would provide internal and external leadership for the centre as well as expand ICTRD’s role as a leader and influencer on taxation and development. It added that he would bring on board his wealth of experience as a chartered tax professional as well as his credentials towards the realisation of the centre’ s objectives for a responsible government. The ICTRD is a non-profit organisation…

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UK body appoints first Nigerian as council member

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), United Kingdom has appointed the Managing Director of Kevron Consulting Limited, Kayode Valentine Fowode, into the council. Fowode, according to a statement, is the first Nigerian to be so appointed into the council. The council is a body of IOSH providing advice and guidance on strategic, professional and policy issues for the institution. It also represents the views of the Board of Trustees (BoT) and has the key responsibility of deciding who the organisation’s president becomes. Fawode’s appointment was confirmed during the…

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‘I read law by happenstance’

Ikilizi Esther was called to Bar in 2016. She tells JOHN CHIKEZIE about judiciary of her dream     Background My name is Ikilizi Aweukeh Esther. I am from Lampese in Akoko-Edo local government area of Edo state. I studied Law at the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State and had my law school programme at the Enugu Campus of the Nigerian Law School. I was called to Bar in 2016 and I am currently pursuing an LL.M in International Law and Diplomacy at the University of Lagos, Lagos State.…

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FG to slash IOCs’ yearly funds’ repatriation to $6bn

  The Federal Government has reiterated moves to cut funds repatriation in the oil and gas sector to $6 billion per annum. This move, buoyed by the controversy in the telecommunication sector, where MTN was accused of tax evasion and illegal repatriation of funds, New Telegraph gathered, is being championed by the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB). A correspondence exchanged between the board and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources sighted by this newspaper, showed that the ministry has enjoined the board to pursue its target of domiciliation of…

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