Actors’ Guild Crisis: Don Pedro Claims He Won AGN Election

A factional Chairman of the Lagos chapter of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Pedro Aganbi has said that he won the election and it was very clear during the counting of the ballot papers.

Speaking on Channels Television Saturday breakfast show Sunrise Mr. Aganbi said that he scored 45 votes over his running mate Victor Osuwagu.

He said in 2011 he contested as the state PRO and is qualified to contest as the president contrary to the allegation that he wasn’t qualified to run as a president of the guild.

He also accused the National president of the guild, Ibinabo Fiberesima for fiddling with the ballot papers.

Mr. Aganbi explained that the National President of the Guild set up a committee without consulting the outing state chairman, stating that the former chairman went to court.

He said that there has been a court injunction preventing the elections to hold.

Judiciary Reforms: There is Need To Sanitize The System At The Bar Level – Nzeakor

A legal practitioner Fred Nzeakor has said that the Judiciary reform is not meant to victimize anyone at all levels but only to access justice.

Speaking at Channels Television’s Saturday breakfast show Sunrise Mr. Nzeakor said the reforms is not aimed at attacking anybody’s interest negatively but is meant to reform the system due to the loop holes in the administration.

He said justice system generally in Nigeria needs reforms he said “delay of justice is almost equal to denial of justice”, stating that once there is such delay in accessing justice it brings anarchy and terrible situations.

Mr. Nzeakor said that the judiciary has been infiltrated with politics and the easiest way of such infiltrations is through electoral tribunals.

He explained that politicians, who want to access justice through the tribunal, want the judges to obey their bidding by bribing the judges and most of the judges’ fall for the bribe.

He stated that reforms stand to achieve speedy dispensation of justice.

He advised that there should be need to sanitize the judiciary system at the level of the bar.

How To Address Wasting of 1.3billion Tonnes Of Food

According to the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), the world is reported to waste about 1.3billion tonnes of food annually.

With the recently marked World’s Environment Day, which had the theme; ‘Think, Eat, Save’ an anti-food waste campaign geared to make everyone reduce their food print, this edition of Sunrise focuses on how addressing food wastage can help preserve our environment in Nigeria.

According to John Osonwa, a climate change expert, “the 1.3billion tonnes of food wasted are more than the entire food produced by the entire sub-Sahara region and it is enough to feed the 1billion people in the world, who go to bed hungry every day.” This waste, he warns, is highly devastating to the environment.

Speaking on Channels TV weekend breakfast programme; Sunrise, the climate change expert noted that the bulk of food wasted in Nigeria “is not in the consumption aspect, but in the production aspect.”

Mr Osonwa is joined by Bola Ilori, Special adviser to the Governor, State of Osun on Environment and Anthony Akpan, an environmentalist and President, African Mission for Environment. They all called for attitudinal change such as government policy on food storage and efficient transportation to address post-harvest loses.

They also called for green initiatives such as construction of trees and waste management.

Reps To Oppose Six-Year Single Tenure

A member of the House of Representatives ad hoc Committee on Review of the Constitution, Ibrahim El-Sudi has stated that the overwhelming position as collated from the sitting of the House is that the present presidential system of four years, of two terms should be retained.

This is against the recommendation by the Senate committee on Constitution amendment, which recommends a single term of six years for President and Governors.

According to Mr El-Sudi, who was a guest on Channels TV weekend programme; Sunrise, the two chambers of the National Assembly, will have to come together via an harmonisation committee to thrash out their differences ahead of the final amendment.

The lawmaker based the House decision on the claim that when elected for a single term, the elected officers will deliberately not perform because there is nothing to loose.

Reps Seek Power To Impeach, Not Remove President

A member of the House of Representatives, Ibrahim El-Sudi has explained that the bill to simplify impeachment process of the President is geared to ‘impeach’ and not ‘remove’ the President from office.

According to the lawmaker who was a guest on Channels TV weekend programme; Sunrise, “there is a stark difference between impeach and removal.”

He explained that an impeached President would still be in office until a two-third majority vote by the Senate removes him.

A bill to simplify the process, through which the President and Vice-President can be impeached, passed a second reading on Tuesday.

Mr El-Sudi, a member of the House committee on Constitution Amendment further explained that the new impeachment process is modelled after the American Constitution which allows the House of Representatives to impeach the President over allegations of misconducts or wrong-doings.

He cited the example of US President Bill Clinton, who was “successfully impeached by the House of Representatives over the Monica Lewinsky scandal but the US Senate failed to remove him from office because the scandal (according to them – Senate) was not a gross misconduct.”

Much Ado About Constitution Amendment

This week’s edition of Sunrise is about some of the proposals by members of the House of Representatives for the on-going Constitution amendment with a focus on local government autonomy, appointment of the Attorney-General of the Federation, impeachment of President and six-year  single term as proposed by the Senate.

A member of the House of Representatives, Ibrahim El-Sudi, legal practitioner, Bisi Adegbuyi and social commentator, Biodun Sowunmi, make up the panel of discussants.

Mid-Term Assessment: Odumakin Says Jonathan’s Performed Below Par

Right Activist and  National Secretary of the Afenifere Group, Yinka Odumakin has rated President Goodluck Jonathan’s two years in office as below par.

Mr Odumakin however noted that due to inherent difference in the country, “it is very difficult to govern this country”.

He  blamed the country’s woes on a “badly divided nation’’ citing the results of the 2011 general election.

However, Mr Odumakin maintained that there are areas where the government could have stamped its authority “for instance in the area of corruption. Today, corrupt people feel so comfortable that nobody is doing anything to touch them”.

Speaking further, the activist applauded the impact former minister of power, Barth Nnaji made in the power sector but berated the sudden decline recorded after his depature.

He noted that “Now we generating more than we were generating under Nnaji but lesser electricity gets into homes, distribution and transmission. What is happening? He asked.

He also chided the president for not empathizing with the citizens and for ’’scoring himself high” during the presentation of the Mid Term Report of the Transformation Agenda.

Transforming Education In Nigeria

The Chief Executive Officer Of Incubators Africa, Alero Ayida – Otobo has said we have major crisis in Nigerian Education.

Speaking on Channels Television Saturday Breakfast show Sunrise, Mrs. Alero has said that most children are out of school, due to having problems with access to classrooms. (poor classrooms)

Consumer Right Advocacy on Alcohol Advert

The spokesman for Consumer Rights Advocacy on Alcohol Advert, Shina Loremikan has said that there is a regulation in the advertising and brewery industry which is a good one.

Speaking on Channels Television Saturday breakfast show Sunrise Daily, Mr. Shina explained that an extension of it is that minors are not given money to purchase alcohol or minor cannot be accompanied to a venue where alcohol is consumed, he said all these are being done in such that when a child gets to an adult age he/ she would take responsibility of the decision that was taken.

He said that in the Consumer Right Network, their worry is that some business men are trying to beat everyone to the game, instead of advertising directly they sponsor programmes on the satellites where tournaments like football is taking place and they advertise their brands, indirectly they are getting to the consumers beyond the limits and agreed terms.

Celebrating The Nigerian Child: Corporal Punishment Should Be Stopped – Godknows Emmanuel

A Nigerian child Godknows Emmanuel has said that corporal punishment should be eradicated from schools.

Speaking on Channels Television Saturday breakfast show Sunrise, Emmanuel said Corporal punishment is a law and should be stopped, he explained that some teachers still go ahead and exhibit this punishment as a way of getting revenge on their past life.

He advised that a better way of correcting a child is to have a heart to heart talk and parents should have a perfect hatred from corporal punishment, which he said works faster.

Celebrating the Nigerian Child: Nigerian Children Deserve Love and Care – Ifeoma Emmanuel

A columnist Bayo Olupohunda has said the forth coming Children’s Day (May 27) should be used as a means of celebrating children and also looking at the challenges surrounding them.

Speaking on Channels Television Saturday breakfast show Sunrise, Ms Ifeoma Emmanuel said she won’t be happy to celebrate the Children’s Day because there are children out there suffering, she advised that they should be taken care of before “we start celebrating Children Day”.

State Of World’s Mother 2013: Reducing Maternal Mortality In Nigeria

Maternal deaths in Nigeria have been described in many quarters as unacceptably high. As Nigerians join the rest of the world in marking the state of women in 2013, Channels Television’s weekend programme, Sunrise examines the relationship between access to reproductive health in Nigeria and healthy population.

According to the International Conference on Population and Development Programme, reproduction health implies that people are able to have a satisfying and safe sex life and that they have the capability to reproduce and the freedom to decide if, when, and ho3w often to do so.

The above assumption is a condition that can only be achieved if the women are informed and have access to safe, effective, affordable and acceptable methods of family planning and other reproductive services of their choice to regulate fertility which are not against the law and the right to access appropriate health care services that will enable them go safely through pregnancy and child birth.

The Senior Maternal and New Born Health Manager with the Save the Children foundation, Abimbola Williams and the Lagos State Commission for Health, Jide Idris, in this interview examines the components of reproductive health and how women in Nigeria have felt in this year.