Monday April 21st, 2014
Monday April 21st, 2014
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I stepped on powerful toes- Oduah

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Stella Oduah, Aviation Minister

In a session in Lagos, Aviation Minister, Princess Stella Oduah, took us through her two-year old administration of the aviation sector. She spoke on the rot she met on her assumption of office, the reforms she introduced to make our skies safer, and the airports’ remodelling she initiated as part of the efforts to key into the Transformation Agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.

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How govt officials stole billions of Naira — Nta, ICPC Chairman

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Ekpo Nta

I’m happy you’ve raised the question because every Nigerian is entitled to fair hearing. Nigerians must learn to ensure that we do not convict people before they get to court. The whole scenario was such that people wanted the ICPC to step in and stamp a shield of authority to the conviction without trial, thereby jeopardizing investigations. We don’t work that way. Even when you arrest a journalist, the first thing he says is ‘fair hearing’. When you run persons or agencies down, the corrective measures are never commensurate to the initial damage done.

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I stepped on powerful toes – Oduah

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Stella Oduah at the House of Reps hearing..

The first thing I did upon my appointment as Minister of Aviation on July 2, 2011, was to take a comprehensive assessment tour of all airports, all agencies and parastatals as well as their facilities and installations across the country. I found that safety and security-critical equipment and installations were obsolete, unserviceable or unavailable. Infrastructure all round-airport terminals were dilapidated and derelict.

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For Mimiko, there is still much more to come…

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Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko

During his inauguration for a second term of office on February 24, 2013, the Ondo State governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, promised to take governance closer to the people by posting greater achievements on all fronts. in his inaugural speech titled: ‘The Work Continues’, delivered extempore, Mimiko said: “Our major focus shall be on an aggressive drive at job creation for our teeming youths through innovative and durable programmes that will engender sustainable livelihood.

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Defection of PDP govs’ ll guarantee success for Jonathan in 2015 – Iduoriyekemwen

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Matthew Iduoriyekemwen is the former Edo state representative in the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). Iduoriyekemwen who also is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo state spoke to Saturday Vanguard last Monday, regretting that the efforts of President Goodluck Jonathan in moving the nation forward is not being recognised. The Benin- born politician who was one of the governorship aspirants of the PDP in Edo state in 2012, described the seeming opposition against the 2015 presidential ambition of Jonathan as unfair and declared that the President’s achievements will guarantee him second term in office. Excerpts:

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Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi At 72: ‘Boko Haram lesson for Nigeria: Stop ignoring grievances’

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Professor Bolaji Akinyemi was Foreign Affairs Minister

Politicians will do anything to get into power. I’m not surprised and I’m not going to lose any sleep over what any politician says or does in order to win over people. I’m not saying I support what they do. I’m just saying I’m not going to lose any sleep because it doesn’t surprise me.

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Taraba Dep Governor betrayed Suntai

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Emmanuel Bwacha

Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, is a Nigerian politician who was elected to the Senate for the Taraba South constituency of Taraba State, Nigeria in the April 2011 Federal elections. He was elected on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform.

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Unlike senators of our time, today’s lawmakers are greedy — Elder statesman Spanner Okpozo

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The Senate

We had poor senators during my time
There were some senators who were poor depending on the area they came from but we were working as brothers. We did not struggle for individual wealth, we didn’t fight in the Senate because of money, we didn’t accuse the executive of stealing because we were very meticulous in looking at what they were doing, so we could correct them.

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2015: I see danger ahead — Oritsejafor

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• Oritsejafor

Anything that is bottled in will either implode or explode. But when you are able to say it, you are relieved. In the process of saying it, you’ll really know what is on my mind and I’ll know what’s in your mind and we can agree or disagree. I think we have reached the point where just a group of people should not determine the destiny of the nation; I think Nigerians should decide what they want and how they want it

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We raided Fela’s Kalakuta Republic in search of missing girls — Babankowa, ex-police chief

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In this concluding part of the interview by LEKAN BILESANMI, former police commissioner, Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Babankowa, recounts how the police raided Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s Kalakuta Republic. He also speaks on issues concerning the National Conference, among others.

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Unlike senators of our time, today’s lawmakers are greedy — Elder statesman Spanner Okpozo

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The Senate

It was a Peugeot 505 they gave me and I had another Peugeot 505. I now said ‘why should I have two when my brother doesn’t have any?’ We were not in the Senate for contracts

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Jan 1966 Coup: Ironsi detained me over Balewa’s, Okotie-Eboh’s decomposing bodies — Ex-police chief

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*Babankowa

Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Babankowa, in his late ‘70s, was a police commissioner. In this interview, Babankowa recounts how he led an operation during the January 1966 coup to discover the bodies of the Prime Minister, Sir Tafawa Balewa, his Finance Minister, Chief Okotie Eboh, and other members of the federal cabinet who the coup makers had taken to the outskirts of Sango-Otta, then in Western Region but now in Ogun State, and shot dead. He also shares his thoughts on some national issues.

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Jakande to Leaders: ‘Save Nigeria from collapsing’

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Jakande

Following the nagging issues in the polity, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande, a former governor of Lagos State, also known as LKJ, bares his mind on the demise of Madiba, corruption, the education sector and leadership.
For Jakande, whose emergence as an upright leader was the product of his service delivery and the simple life he led in a country where vanity was beginning to creep in and where folly had taken the place of virtuous living, it is indeed fitting that he should speak truth to power on the issue of corruption.
In fact, Jakande pooh-poohed the situation where leaders pay lip service to the developmental needs of the people. He gave examples of how his administration in Lagos State was able to turn the tide.

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Why oil giants won’t invest in Nigerian Stock Exchange — Apostle Hayford Alile

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’I lost my retirement benefits to market crash’ By Sam Eyoboka Born on  April 24, 1940, Apostle Hayford Alile  briefly attended  University of Ibadan as a scholar in physics and thereafter proceeded to Howard University, Washington DC, where he earned his B.A. degree in economics and mathematics. He later attended Rutgers Graduate School of Management,

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We can’t run away from discussing Nigeria’s dissolution —Brig. Gen. Ikponmwen

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Brigadier General Idada Don Ikponmwen is a former Provost Marshal of the Nigerian Army. He is also the leader a non- partisan group called the Edo Think Group, which membership is drawn from the three senatorial districts of Edo State. In this interview, he says the proposed National Conference will be a waste of time if the delegates fail to come up with a new Constitution for the nation. While admonishing the Advisory Committee on the confab to adhere to its assurance that there would be no, no- go areas, Ikponmwen stresses the need to find lasting solution to the problems bedeviling the country even if it means disintegration.

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2015: JP Clark to Jonathan’s Opponents: Produce one-term agreement with Mr. President

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Prof. J.P Clark

The octogenarian threw his weight behind on-going efforts to hold a national dialogue. He also opposed moves to stop President Goodluck Jonathan from seeking re-election and challenged those saying that Jonathan signed an agreement to do one term to produce or publish the agreement.
He pleaded with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to end the debilitating industrial action in public universities by disclosing whether or not the Federal Government has deposited N200 billion with it as requested by university teachers and claimed by the government.

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Workers must be disciplined, they can’t just do what they like – Lagos HoS

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Olusheyi Williams

M rs Josephine Olusheyi Williams is the 17th Head of the Lagos State Public Service. She rose through various hierarchies before Governor Babatunde Fashola appointed her as the HOS recently.

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Nigeria won’t break up – Gov. Yuguda

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*Gov. Isa Yuguda

Six years after taking over the mantle of leadership of the once agrarian Bauchi State, Governor Isa Yuguda has brought in a lot of positive changes to the state and given it a notch in terms of development projects. But as his tenure draws to an end in 2015, the governor, in this interview, maintains that he will not interfere in the process that will lead to the emergence of his successor, as the people of Bauchi State will handle it from the grassroots to the top. He also explains why Nigeria should not break up.

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For 10 years, I bore the pains of a mother with down syndrome child – Misan-Arenyeka

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*Trinity

Trinity House, a church headed by Pastor Itua Ighodalo, early this year, launched a group called ‘The Focused Group’ as part of its corporate social responsibility, CSR, to look into how children with special needs can be educated and integrated into the society as well as looking into how their parents can be encouraged and get the right information for their upkeep.

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Nat Confab: The convener is insincere – Lai Mohammed

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Mohammed: It is another PDP scheme

ALHAJI Lai Mohammed, the Interim National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in this interview, lampoons those criticizing the party for opposing the proposed National Conference. He explains why the APC had decided not to throw its weight behind the conference.

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FUMBI FANEYE: Bank manager turned farmer

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*Fumbi Faneye

Imagine you studied at the prestigious University of Ife, graduated first-class in Computer Science with Economics in 1998, got hired immediately by Procter & Gamble Nigeria Limited with mouth-watering remunerations even while still a Youth Corps member, got employed again by Citizens International Bank Limited in less than two years, and in less than one year, was hired by Zenith Bank Plc.

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Thoughts of the late ASUU leader: Some people out to kill public universities – Prof. Festus Iyayi

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Prof. Fetus Iyayi

PROF. FESTUS IYAYI, a former National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), until he was killed in a road crash on Tuesday, was Head of Department, Business Administration, University of Benin. In Iyayi’s last interview with Sunday Vanguard, he defended the university teachers strike. He insisted that ASUU members were prepared to stay at home for five years if the demands that led to the strike were not addressed.

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Sule Lamido on G-7/PDP crisis: ‘Why Jonathan must negotiate’

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*Gov Lamido

Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State and member of the group of seven governors opposed to the PDP leadership played host to Sunday Vanguard in his official residence for this interview, in which he touched on various issues including the developmental challenges in Jigawa State and the heated political crisis in his party.

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‘We copy alien cultures to the detriment of tourism’

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Tourism industry has been facing my challenges that call for urgent solution . One of the problems could be traced to the adverse economy in Nigeria which has seen everybody struggling to eke a living; nobody wants to recreate anymore. If you go to the villages where tourist attractions are, the only recreation you observe there is sex because by 6pm-7pm, the whole town has gone to sleep. Gone are the days of the moon-light stories, all they do is just farming in these villages where the Tourists attractions are .

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Why, like my father, I treat Igbo like my people — Princess Adenrele Ogunsanya

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*Ogunsanya

Princess Adenrele Adeniran Ogunsanya became a card carrying member of National Council of Nigeria and Cameroun, NCNC, when she was seven years old. Her iconic father, Chief Adeniran Ogunsanya, was a chieftain of the party, and she learnt at a very young age to be different, as most of her friends came from Action Group families. Still a consummate politician, she is the Secretary General of Lagos State Women’s Forum and former Secretary to Lagos State Government during Governor Babatunde Fashola’s first term , making her a very important figure in the inclusion of women in politics in the country at large

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Jonathan is keeping faith with Nigerians – Okupe

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Okupe: Mind my roar

Dr Doyin Okupe, Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, in this interview, dismisses the claim that his principal has not performed Looking at the performance of President Goodluck Jonathan in the last two years that he has been steering the affairs of the nation, the programmes and projects that he has initiated in the transformation agenda, can you say he has justified the mandate given to him?

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‘Over 80 percent of our trucks are not road worthy’

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*Chris Orode

Sharing roads with container-laden trucks is a constant source of worry to motorists. In Lagos, where Oshodi-Apapa Expressway leads to the ports, truckers constitute authorities unto themselves, and chaos is the result. So when Chief Chris Orode talks of rebranding the trucking business, everyone should listen and hope. In 2005, when the Maritime Organisation of West and Central Africa, MOWCA, decided to set up a specialised bank for the sub-sector, Orode headed the team that toured 17 of the 25 MOWCA countries.

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EFCC not broke – Adegbite

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*Adegbite, EFCC's Director of Operations

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was set up by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to curb financials crimes in the country to reposition the nation’s economy for tangible growth and development. Since its establishment, the Commission has prosecuted many individuals including former governors and influential business men in Nigeria.

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A Yoruba man gave me life-changing job to my mother’s disbelief — Chu Okongwu

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Chu Okongwu

Sonny Chu Okongwu, an economist, was minister of national planning, 1985-1986; and minister of finance, 1986-1990; under the Babangida administration. At 79, he takes us through the journey of his life, from the colonial period when he was a journalist at Daily Times.

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UN Security Council: Nigeria should be among 10 world’s powers – Ambassador Dahiru

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Ambassador-Sulaiman

Ambassador Sulaiman Dahiru is a retired diplomat who served Nigeria in many capacities, including being the Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Consul General in Karachi, Pakistan, and the Ambassador to the Republic of Sudan. He speaks on the significance of Nigeria’s election into the United Nations Security Council.

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27 yrs after parcel bomb: I could have been killed like Dele Giwa – Kayode Soyinka

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*Kayode

Three years into his education at the Baptist Boys High School in Abeokuta, his father was retired from the Nigerian Tobacco Company and couldn’t get another job because he had come of age since child-bearing didn’t happen quickly for him. This was unfortunately when he needed to see his six children through school! The second child, Kayode Soyinka, therefore decided to sacrifice his university education for his elder brother and siblings, and this soon landed him in the world of print journalism as a reporter with the defunct Daily Sketch in Ibadan at age 18 in 1976.

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Omo Omoruyi’s last wish: ‘Two-party system is best for Nigeria’

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Prof Omo Omoruyi

This is the last interview granted to Vanguard in February, 2013, by Professor Omo Omoruyi shortly before he flew back to Boston, United States of America where he was undergoing treatment for cancer. Omoruyi died last Sunday.

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