COVID-19: Lawmakers should first inject themselves with vaccines –Rev. Ladi Thompson

Rev Ladi Thompson, pastor of Living Waters Unlimited Church, Anthony, Lagos shares a new perspective with ANDREW IRO OKUNGBOWA on COVID -19, saying that in Nigeria a new order will emerge from the chaos created by it     What new insight can you share with us on COVID-19? A wise man said that ‘he that asks the right questions will get the right answers to make the right decisions.’ On this premise I must confess that it is very difficult to hold any well balanced public discourse on the…

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Rasheed Jaiyeola: My entr epreneurial spirit gave bir th to Bukka Hut

Rasheed Jaiyeola, a banker turned restaurateur and co-founder and managing director of Bukkha Hospitality Limited, trading under the brand name Bukka Hut and BH Lounge, one of the high rising quick service local brands, spoke with ANDREW IRO OKUNGBOWA on his life’s journey and the dream of building a Nigerian quick service brand among other issues. Excerpts…     Background Rasheed Jaiyeola who hails from Kwara State, He attended Federal Government College (FGC) Ogbomosho, Oyo State and Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife, Osun State, where he obtained a Bachelor of…

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We levied ourselves to produce COVID-19 ventilator –Leader of UNIBEN team, Prof Obahiagbon

Professor Kessington Obahiagbon of the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Benin, Edo State, is the leader of a 10-man team of the Covid-19 Initiative Team of the university that produced the ventilator now in use to treat patients of the pandemic. In this interview with CAJETAN MMUTA, Prof Obahiagbon spoke on various measures, challenges and benefits of the essential health equipment. Excerpts…   Could you introduce yourself sir? Well, I am Professor Kessington Obahiagbon, am the leader of the Covid-19 Initiative Team of the University of Benin, Edo…

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Viral video: My son sent message from isolation centre, says he’s proud of me

65 year Old Commander Femi Adeoye is the father of the boy that came to Ekiti from Lagos regardless of the pandemic lockdown. Adeoye refused to allow the child have access to his home, insisting the boy must undergo the required test to ascertain his health status. The scenario between the father and his son at Fajuyi Pavilion in Ado-Ekiti , capital city of Ekiti State, was recorded and the video went viral. The decision eventually earned Adeoye, recognition from Governor Kayode Fayemi. In this interview with ADEWUMI ADEMIJU, Adeoye…

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We are investigating Professor Ezeibe’s HIV cure claims –NIMR DG

Professor Babatunde Lawal Salako is the Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR). A clinician of high repute, Salako has been involved in a number of clinical trials on drug development. He worked with Neimeth Pharmaceuticals International to formulate the drug Miniplus in 2003 following the disappearance of Minizide in the Nigerian market. Apart from Neimeth, he also did clinical trials on drugs marketed by GlaxoSmithKline, Olpharm Pharmaceuticals, May & Baker and Sanofil Synthelabo Nig, Ltd. Salako said in this telephone interview with ISIOMA MADIKE that the Nigerian…

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FG shouldn’t sacrifice ERGP for politics –Prof. Uwaleke

Nigeria’s first Professor of Capital market, Professor Uche Uwaleke, is the head, banking and finance department, Nassarawa State University, Keffi. In this interview with ABDULWHAB ISA, he speaks on various issues affecting the economy and how to return Nigerian economy to the path of sustainable growth. Excerpts     As a financial analyst conversant with recent economic developments, what is you take on the state of Nigeria’s economy bearing in mind the National Bureau of Statistics’ 2018 first and second quarters’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP) reports? The 2018 Q1 and…

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Onyema: Infrastructure impeding Nigeria’s airport hub status

Allen Onyema is the Chairman of Air Peace Airline, one of the carriers with prospect. In this interview with WOLE SHADARE, he speaks on the vibrancy of Nigeria’s aviation market, plans to grow the airline and sundry issues in the industry, including funding, which was and is still being provided by Fidelity Bank Plc. Excerpts   The Federal Government recently announced the suspension of Nigeria Air, can we say the prayers of domestic airlines have been answered? The suspension of national carrier by the Federal Government is a huge challenge…

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Okeke: INEC frustrating petitioners with huge cost for election materials

Collins Okeke is the Senior Legal/Programme Officer of Human Rights Law Service (HURILAWS), an affiliate of Olisa Agbakoba Legal. He speaks in this interview on management of post-election disputes by tribunals and courts using the proceedings of the Anambra State Governorship Election Tribunal as a reference. WALE ELEGBEDE reports       What is the importance of election petition laws in the overall cycle of the electoral process? The process of dealing with complaints and resolving election disputes is critical to the survival of any democracy particularly a fragile one…

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‘Why illicit trade booms in Nigeria’

Dr. John Isemede is the National Expert on Value Chain at UNIDO and a former director-general of Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA). In this interview with Taiwo Hassan, he speaks on the menace of illicit trades in Nigeria and Africa, including other sundry issues. Excerpts:     What is your assessment of the impact of illicit trade on Nigeria’s economy? When you talk of illicit, it means illegal. It is a latin word. Some of us who can speak multi-lingual languages know that when…

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Bamgbade: Fraudulent developers fueling cases of abandoned properties

Chief Olusegun Bamgbade, a real estate developer, is the Chairman, HOB Housing Estates Limited. In this interview with DAYO AYEYEMI, he speaks on the issues of abandoned properties and the challenges of the real estate sector among others. Excerpt:     Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Products (GDP) grew by 1.5 per cent in the last quarter after nine months the country came out of recession. Are you not worried that the economy is not growing as anticipated? I am worried. I am particularly worried in view of the looming dangers of…

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