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SMEs central to government’s diversification bid – Regha

Mr. Davidson-Regha

Our corporate strategy and the vision of the bank states that we want to build and transfer wealth across generations. The SMEs are part of that strategy. If you focus on the SMEs, it means you have to meet with entrepreneurs at the incubation stage of their business. And if you are to help them grow and become very big and successful, that means you will be able to transfer wealth from one generation to the other.

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Afegbua: Former chairman

EDO 2016 Oshiomhole’s sack of Commissioners has no link with Odubu’s ambition — Kazeem Afegbua

Prince Kazeem Afegbua, the new Commissioner for Information and Orientation in Edo State, on Friday, reacted to the seeming tension in the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2016 governorship election in the state. He also debunked the insinuation of a rift between his principal,Governor Adams Oshiomhole, and his deputy, Dr Pius Odubu, over the latter’s ambition to succeed his boss. He carpeted the state PDP over its tantrums against Oshiomhole, declaring that the PDP, after allegedly pauperising the people of Edo for ten years, will never smell the Osadebey Avenue Government House in the nearest future. He spoke on other national issues. Excerpts:

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*Adebanjo

APC govt lacks ideas to move Nigeria forward

Pa Ayo Adebanjo’s participation in politics dates back to the First Republic when he was a member of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo-led Action Group (AG). In the Second Republic, Adebanjo remained with Awolowo’s Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN). Today, he is a staunch member of the Yoruba political group, Afenifere. In this interview, the Yoruba leader, in his late 80s, speaks on the state of the nation.

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•Ngozi Azubuike....Whatever you start, keep persevering and one day, you will get there

I never thought I’d be employing anybody – Ngozi Azubuike

“I did not have to go borrowing. My husband helped me at the time. I started with about N1 million but that was for the decoration part. The cake part was a bit less because I did not buy everything at once. So people should not get scared because of the money involved, you can buy things bit by bit as you go on and before you know it, you would have acquired a lot more than you can imagine. “Initially for the cake, I don’t think I had more than N200,000.

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•Ken Imansuangbon

Poverty can be eradicated with good governance – Ken Imansuangbon

My hard working parents. I was born in Ewohimi, Edo State, but my father relocated to Ijebu-Ode where he worked as a rubber plantation manager. He managed a group of people at a rubber plantation in Ijebu- Ode. This inspired me to be hard working. My widowed mother too summoned up courage when my father died and gave us (the children) needed support in her little way.

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omni

We’re building entrepreneurial skills with our leading networking website —Alex

At 29, Sowemimo Abiodun Alex, has not only become a big success in the ICT business world but has been able to provide employment for Nigerians in his company, PageOmni.com, a multidimensional networking, advertising, marketing and communication services website. His founded PageOmni Technology Company, operators of the networking website which according to him is available to more than 500 million clients in more than 100 countries of the world proffering solutions to global business competitiveness that is beyond social media network. The young Managing Director, has other ICT subsidiaries. He is a recipient of many awards and a Nigerian to reckon with in ICT world. Excerpts:

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Onokpasa

Why I’m now disenchanted with APC — Onokpasa

Jesutega Onokpasa, APC chieftain, lawyer and public affairs commentator was a veteran of the June 12 struggle and pioneer member of the Campaign for Democracy. In the build up to the last elections, he was noted for his supportive stance behind the All Progressives Congress, APC at both the national and at home in his native Delta State. Onokpasa in this online interview, however, expresses reservations with the pace and pattern of the Buhari administration.

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Pro-Biafra agitators will surrender if …

Igwe Ezeoba Alex Nwokedi, a former Press Secretary to the Head of State during President Olusegun Obasanjo’s military regime and erstwhile Chairman, Eastern Nigerian Traditional Rulers Council and Anambra State Council of Traditional Rulers, says it is unthinkable for a one-time Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Ghali Na’Abba, to want to denigrate Obasanjo to score political goal. According to the Igwe of Uthakoneze Achalla in Awka North LGA, Anambra State, his former boss remains one of the best few fit to advise President Muhammadu Buhari on matters of state. He also speaks on the pro-Biafran campaign. Excerpts:

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Bello Masari

Renewed Biafra agitation is not Igbo agenda — Masari

Hearing Governor Aminu Masari speak about his state, Katsina, you will not miss, in his voice, the passion to uplift his people from under-development and abject poverty. That was the situation, last week, when Masari spoke on how his administration is delivering democracy dividends in Katsina, the first time a party, All Progressives Congress (APC), which used to be in the opposition, will take the mantle of leadership in the state, after 16 years of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) being in power.

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CHIEF RITA LORI-OGBEBOR

My encounter with Ironsi on coup day – Rita-Lori

They should come and see what is happening in the country now. These were young people, who came out of the university and went into the army. They had been indoctrinated. They came out of school wanting to see an ideal society. They had their mindset on the right things they felt the country should do. Any other way would not be tolerated. And they swallowed all they read and learnt. They were looking for perfection. It is not that they came out wanting to kill because they wanted positions. They came out to do what they did because they were indoctrinated and they wanted a country that is perfect. But I think also that they may have been used by some greedy politicians.

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