‘Most African countries neglect cotton production’

Baba Berthe is the President, African Cotton Association as well as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Malian Company for the Development of Textiles. In this interview, he spoke about the difficulties to develop cotton production in the continent and preparations to host its annual conference in Nigeria next year (2018). Excerpts: Anthony Maliki There are challenges with the economy and neglect of agriculture for other resources. But how is cotton contributing to the development of African countries? I was born in Mali where cotton is contributing to a large extent to…

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How I established Faculty of Environmental Sciences at Nasarawa State University- Professor Nasiru Idris

Professor Nasiru Idris Professor Nasiru Idris rose to become a professor at age 40 years. Presently, the Adamawa State-born academic is the Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Nasarawa State University, Keffi.  A strong voice on environment matters in the country and beyond, Professor Idris shared his views on the sector, and involvement of academics as election officials among others. Apex News presents excerpts of the interview.   What do you think is the solution to the admission crisis in Nigeria where many are seeking admissions with fewer slots?…

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My life as a woman firefighter in Nigeria

Firewoman Taiwo Oyerinde Taiwo Oyerinde is a female firefighter in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. The 53-year-old indigene of Ogun State joined the Federal Fire Service Department immediately she left secondary school in 1986 in Lagos State, but later obtained higher educational certificates. In this interview with Premium Times’ Oge Udegbunam, the firefighter speaks on her career and other issues. PT: What are the challenges you face as a woman firefighter? A lot of challenge. Sometimes your work is not appreciated because you are a woman, no matter the amount of…

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Government attitude to NEITI reports encourage corruption in oil sector – Rafsanjani

Mr Rafsanjani Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani) is the Executive Director of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Head, Transparency International (Nigeria) and Chairman Board of Amnesty International (Nigeria). In this interview with e360 he speaks on governments seemingly disinterest towards NEITI audit findings. He also talks about the benefits of the recently passed PIGB. Excerpts: Are you concerned that the recently released NEITI audit report on the oil sector for 2015 again revealed issues of under-payments, under-remittance and process abuse in the industry just like others before? One of the…

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Police uncover fake wine factory in Lagos, arrest owner

The Lagos State Police Command on Wednesday says it has uncovered a factory where assorted fake wine and fruit juice were produced at Aboru area of Oke-Odo, Lagos. The Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Imohimin Edgal, told newsmen when he visited the factory that the 48-year-oldowner of the factory has been arrested. A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who was on the commissioner of police entourage, observed that various assorted wine, fruit juice and empty bottles were recovered from the uncompleted one-storey building which doubles as factory…

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Why I’m not competing at National Sports Festival — Okagbare

Nigeria’s queen of the tracks, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor, is in Abuja for the National Sports Festival, though not to compete as an athlete, as many of her numerous fans would have loved. PREMIUM TIMES caught up with the poster girl of Nigeria athletics at the main bowl of the National Stadium in Abuja and Okagbare explained why she is not competing against the other athletes at NSF 2018. The multi medallist also added her voice to the discourse on whether the Sports Festival should be made ‘open,’ to accommodate just anybody,…

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IBB speaks on June 12, Abiola, Abacha, Kazeem Afegbua, others

Former Military President Ibrahim Babangida Although he had been involved in political and military activities that have had far-reaching effects on Nigeria’s political development, it was not until that black Friday of February 13, 1976, that General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida fully unravelled and hit the nation’s consciousness. Colonel Bukar Suka Dimka, his close friend, had staged a coup, and had assassinated the then Head of State, General Murtala Ramat Mohammed at Ikoyi, Lagos, at about 8.30 a.m. while he was on his way to the office. After the gruesome murder…

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2019: How I will shock ‘BUTIKU’ (Buhari, Atiku) – Ezekwesili

Obiageli (Oby) Ezekwesili is the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) in the upcoming 2019 election. Mrs Ezekwesili once served as minister of solid minerals and then headed the education ministry during the second-term presidency of Olusegun Obasanjo. She also led the Bring Back Our Girls Group (BBOG) for a while. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES journalists during her visit to the newspaper’s corporate headquarters in Abuja, she explains why Nigerians should reject President Muhammadu Buhari and his main challenger in the 2019 presidential election,…

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My academic credentials authentic, I’ll win Kaduna governorship – PDP candidate Isa Ashiru

Alhaji Isa Ashiru The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Kaduna State in this interview denies he submitted fake credentials to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as alleged by his critics, including members of his party. He also denies he signed any political ‘agreement’ with other PDP aspirants during the party’s governorship primary in Kaduna. Mr Isa Ashiru denies he signed any document issued by the Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) before they voted for him at the primary election. He then speaks on how he hopes…

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How I’ll defeat Buhari, Atiku, others – Peoples Trust presidential candidate

Peoples Trust Presidential candidate Olawepo-Hashim Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Trust in the upcoming 2019 election. He discusses his chances at the poll, why the Buhari administration has failed, Kwara politics and why he left the PDP where he was the deputy national publicity secretary, in this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Musikilu Mojeed and Festus Owete. Excerpts: PT: The election is just a few months away. How prepared are you to defeat the ruling political party and incumbent president? Olawepo-Hashim: We are very prepared. First, for…

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