Recession: Buhari should explore Nigeria’s 44 solid minerals, says Chief Ogunjobi

Former Vice President of the African Development Bank and immediate past Chairman of the Federal Mortgage Bank, Chief Bisi Ogunjobi, in this interview with BIYI ADEGOROYE and MARIAM MOMOH, looks at the Federal Government’s Economic Growth and Recovery Plan as well as current economic trends and how Nigerian economy can be really diversified What is your impression of this government’s performance in the economic sector? It has been tough and everyone has been very concerned, especially for government’s failure to take off immediately. However, some programmes have been put in…

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Recession ruining our business -Ariaria shoemakers

If you want to see where black men put on their thinking caps and transform theoretical knowledge into physical products, you don’t need to look far. Look beyond the Niger Bridge and locate Ariaria International Market in Aba, Abia State, and marvel at God’s given talents of skilled Nigerians from the east of the Niger. EMMANUEL IFEANYI reports The ingenuity and creativity of the Aba man with limited help from obsolete equipment including stove in shoe manufacturing would make one imagine what these people could do with the right equipment…

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Budget is exclusive right of National Assembly, says Abdulrazaq Namdas

The 8th House of Representatives recently celebrated two years of its four-year term. Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Hon. Abdulrazaq Namdas, speaks to PHILIP NYAM on the milestones achieved by the House since its inauguration It is exactly two years since the 8th House was inaugurated. As the spokesman for the House, how would you describe as the first half of your stewardship? I think the journey has been good. We had a very slow take off; but we are now cruising on a very…

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Policewoman bathes 15-year-old housemaid with hot soup, water

A 15 year-old housemaid, Chinyere Igwe, is in excruciating pains after her policewoman mistress, Mrs. Okochi Joy Ugo, poured hot melon soup and boiling water on her body at Mile 50, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State. Mrs. Okochi, who delivered a set of twins two weeks ago through a cesarean section, bathed Chinyere Igwe with hot soup and poured hot water on her for not making the soup the way she wanted it. Okochi’s husband was also reported to have beaten up the housemaid immediately he returned from work when his wife…

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Obidigbo, Ezeemo, Obiogbolu vow to unseat Obiano

I will scrap Ocha Brigade, says Moghalu The battle for the Anambra State governorship election received greater momentum over the weekend as some of the aspirants, Dr. Chike Obiogbolu, Ogbuefi Godwin Ezemo and Dr Alex Obiogbolu vowed to unseat Governor Willie Obiano in the November 18, election. They gave the indication at an interactive session organised by members of the Anambra Consensus Project held at the Marble Arch Hotels Awka, Anambra State capital. The group comprised of professionals, businessmen and politicians for candidates contesting the next election. Dr. Obidigbo of…

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It’s shocking to call for Nigeria’s disintegration -Ikokwu

Chieftain of Ohanaeze and Civil War hero, Chief Guy Ikokwu, in this interview with BIYI ADEGOROYE, speaks about the recent quit order given by the Coalition of Arewa Youths for Igbo to vacate the North and gives insight into the diversity of the nation What is your view on the quit order by the Coalition of Arewa Youth for the Igbos in the North to relocate from the 19 northern states? Well, it is a very curious vituperation and such can only come from people who do not know history;…

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New law can’t annul our marriages -Nigerian couples

Couples in Nigeria, especially those affected by Justice Ibironke Harrison’s pronouncement, which invalidated marriage certificates issued by local governments in Nigeria, are groaning. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA, BIWOM IKLAKI, AKEEM NAFIU, OLUSEYI ALANI, MARY ADEBISI and ADESHINA ADEDEJI report “Government is not serious. This is a misplacement of priorities. Is marriage certificate what Nigeria should be talking about when the whole system is at the point of collapse? Should a court and the Federal Government tell me that my marriage of 12 years is null and void? They can’t be serious,” fumed…

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Stop intimidating Igbos, Eze Chukwu tells FG

Former two-time President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Delta South and Central, Eze (Sir) Peter Chukwu is piqued by the treatment melted out to the Igbos. In this interview with OLA JAMES, he wants Igbos to have a fair share of the national cake and calls for the restructuring of the country for equity to reign Owing to what is happening now across the country, do you think the Igbo are still being marginalised? Well, it is true that the Igbo are still being marginalized. However, some time ago, I called on…

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Inside the new Passport Office, Ikoyi

When the All Progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government campaigned two years ago ahead of the general elections, they came with a message of ‘change’. And having secured victory at the polls with President Muhammadu Buhari at the helm of affairs, one of the federal institutions that have witnessed this change is the Nigeria Immigrations Services Passport Office located in Ikoyi, Lagos. Gone are the days when disorderliness was the order of the day, when the only difference between touts and immigration officers were their uniforms. It was easier to patronize…

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Chief Frank Kokori: It’s wrong to say June 12 struggle is forgotten

Chief Frank Ovie Kokori was the General Secretary of the National Union of Petroleum and Gas Workers (NUPENG), the labour union which was at the forefront of the June 12, 1993 election struggle, which sought to actualise the electoral mandate of Chief MKO Abiola. Twenty-four years later, he reflects on those issues in this interview with BIYI ADEGOROYE and ADEWALE AJAYI From all indications, it seems that the June 12 struggle has not been accorded its rightful position in the celebration of attainment of civil rule in Nigeria? How can…

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