Despite party differences, Jonathan resisted pressure to get me impeached – Al-makura

November 15, 2022 Editorial IV 0

Senator Umaru Tanko Al-makura, the  immediate past governor of Nasarawa state and lawmaker representing Nasarawa South Senatorial  District, clocks  70 years today. In  this special interview with MUAZU ABARI to mark the day, he speaks on his life struggles, politics and why Nigerians should vote Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress come 2023 among other  issues. At 70, how do you feel? Read More

2023: It’s dangerous to give power to one who’s not knowledgeable – ADP presidential candidate Sani

November 4, 2022 ADOYI M. ABA 0

Yabagi Yusuf Sani (YY Sani) is the national chairman of the Action Democratic Party (ADP); he’s also the party’s presidential candidate. In this interview with select journalists in Abuja, he speaks on a number of national issues including how he hopes to become the president of Nigeria come 2023. ADOYI M. ABA was there. What is your major selling point Read More

How we take care of police housing needs – MD Police Mortgage Bank

October 21, 2022 CHIZOBA OGBECHE 0

The Nigeria Police Mortgage Bank (NPMB) was established in 2012 under the leadership of IGP Mohammed Dikko Abubakar (retd.) to satisfy the housing need of police officers. In this interview with CHIZOBA OGBECHE the Managing Director, NPMB, Abubakar Suleiman, speaks on how the bank has fared. How did the Nigeria Police Mortgage Bank come into being? Nigeria Police Mortgage Bank Read More

Nigerians are too wasteful – High Chief Adegbenro

October 20, 2022 Blueprint 0

High Chief Otunbalaje Adejare Adegbenro is a security expert. In a recent interview with journalists while on a visit to Bauchi, he berates the level of wastages in government and the level of insecurity in the country. MOHAMMED LAWAL was there for Blueprint. As a security expert, what is your overview of the security situation in Nigeria today? Nigeria is, Read More

I owe my royalty to God – Olubadan

October 20, 2022 Editorial IV 0

The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Mahood Olalekan  Balogun turned 80 years old recently. In this interview with BAYO AGBOOLA to mark his birthday, the royal father says that he owed everything about his life and royalty to God. Kabiyesi, how do you feel attaining the age of 80? I feel good and thankful to God that it is so. I Read More

Why the NNS KADA warship makes me very proud – Amb. Usanga

October 14, 2022 BENJAMIN SAMSON 0

Ambassador John James Usanga is Nigeria’s Ambassador to Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde. The Akwa Ibom state-born diplomat is a 1991 law graduate from the University of Jos in this interview with BENJAMIN SAMSON, he speaks about Nigeria and Nigerians, the unique role of Nigeria as the Giant of Africa and regional power that countries in Africa look up to Read More

There is hope for Nigerian girl-child – Amina

October 13, 2022 Editorial IV 0

Amina Buba Haruna is the national coordinator, Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE). In this interview with ENE OSHABA, she gives assurance of brighter days for women especially the girl-child. What is the AGILE project which you coordinate about? The Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment Project is a 500-million-dollar initiative of the federal government with support Read More

2023: Why Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the preferred choice – Batati

October 9, 2022 Editorial IV 0

Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar Batati is the coordinator of the National APC Supporters Centre for the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Senator Kashim Shettima’s presidential ticket. In this interview with TOPE SUNDAY, he speaks on why the presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress APC is the preferred choice for 2023. What led to the formation of National APC Supporters Centre? About Read More

Private universities equally need FG grants to survive – VC 

September 30, 2022 Editorial IV 0

Salem University in Lokoja Kogi state is the only private university in The Confluence State. In an interview with SALIHU OYIBO, its vice chancellor, Professor Alewo Johnson Akubo, is asking the federal government to extend grants and intervention to private universities, just as it does to public universities since both of them are doing the same thing in the interest Read More

Aminu S. Muhammad: Portrait of the writer and surveyor

September 23, 2022 Blueprint 0

Aminu S. Muhammad discusses his writing and estate surveying with AWAAL GATA. How and when did you start writing? My first attempt at writing came quite early, when I was around 10yrs old and still in primary school. My father was a civil servant who, daily, bought and brought home newspapers that formed my earliest appetite for reading. Each time Read More

Only a peaceful PDP can rescue Nigeria – Sen Bob

September 20, 2022 Editorial IV 0

A former senator who represented Akwa Ibom North-east Senatorial District, Effiong Bob, in an interview with UKO ETIM bears his mind on the political struggles within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),  Akwa Ibom state and Nigeria. You are the chairman of the PDP reconciliation committee. How far have you gone in reconciling aggrieved members of the party ahead of next Read More

No serious nation toys with education – University don

September 12, 2022 Blueprint 0

It’s true all is not well with the education sector in Nigeria. A university don, Dr Prince Eneje, in this interview with IDACHABA SUNNY ELEOJO says attention needs to be focused on developing the sector to flourish. For the sake of this interview, pls could you introduce yourself My name is Dr Prince Eneje. I’m in the Department of Political Read More

Osun guber: We didn’t lose election but lost vote count  

August 29, 2022 Editorial IV 0

Ismail Omipidan is the Chief Press Secretary to Osun state Governor Adegboyega Oyetola. In this interview, he speaks on the July 16, 2022 Governorship poll in Osun, insisting Governor Oyetola did not lose the election but that he only lost the vote count. TOPE SUNDAY reports Three and half years after Governor Adegboyega Oyetola came into office in November 2018. Read More

RTEAN battle ready to assist Anambra recover, increase revenues — Chairman

August 22, 2022 Editorial IV 0

In this interview with OKECHUKWU ONUEGBU, the state operational chairman of Road Transport Employers Association of NIGERIA (RTEAN), Architect Okonkwo Chukwuka Williams, gives insights into how his association would assist the state government to increase its local revenue, if given the opportunity.  What is RTEAN noted for? Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) is empowered by the constitution of Read More

Nigeria-Mexico trade balance, deficit worrisome – Envoy

August 18, 2022 Editorial IV 0

The Ambassador of Mexico to Nigeria, HE Alfredo Miranda in an interview with KEHINDE OSASONA speaks  of how Mexico is deepening trade and bilateral ties with Nigeria and its worrisome imbalance. Recently you met President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Villa. Tell us what transpired? Well, it was a memorable occasion for me. The High commissioner of Canada and I Read More

With IFAD intervention, rice, cassava would be affordable – Ituma

August 11, 2022 Blueprint 0

Sunday Michael Ituma is the state programme coordinator of the federal government and Ebonyi state value chain programme funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). In this interview with AMARACHUKWU EGWUAGHA, he says everything is being done to make rice and cassava affordable. There are issues in agricultural sector that have led to the food crisis and other Read More

Why I’m the longest-serving speaker of Kogi assembly – Kolawole

August 4, 2022 Editorial IV 0

In this interview with SALIHU OYIBO, the speaker of Kogi state House of Assembly, Rt Hon Matthew Kolawole, who is now the House of Representatives candidate on the platform of APC for Kabba-Bunnu/Ijumu federal constituency, says openness made him to attain the status of being the longest serving speaker in the history of the state assembly. You are the longest Read More

Nation’s leaders mustn’t be elected based on religion, region – SDP presidential candidate

July 20, 2022 Editorial IV 0

  Prince Adewole Adebayo, a trained Lawyer and Business man, is the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP. In this interview, Adebayo said religion or region should not be used as yardstick for performance, rather, Nigeria and Nigerians should check records of all candidates in the coming elections, which, he believes, would give the electorate a better perspective about Read More

2023: Security agencies need to step up their game – Sir Ejiofor

July 15, 2022 CHIZOBA OGBECHE 0

Sir Mike Ejiofor, a former state director of the Department of State Services (DSS), is the Chairman/CEO Safety Security Consultant LTD. In this interview with CHIZOBA OGBECHE he speaks on the security situation in the country and proffers solutions. What is your take on the Kuje prison attack? Attack is quite disheartening and embarrassing to the entire country. It is Read More

Why I established Imodoye writers’ residency – Akanbi

July 15, 2022 Blueprint 0

Dr. Sheu-Usman Oladipo Akanbi, an award-winning writer from Kwara state, owns one of the two writers’ residencies in the countries. He tells AWAAL GATA why he established it. Even though there is no financial motivations in literary ventures in Nigeria, you established a residency; what inspired you? How would you manage Imodoye Writers Residency financially? Imodoye Writers Residency is a Read More