Akeredolu is the right candidate for ACN-Party stalwarts

Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) chieftains from Ondo state, Goke Ijatuashe and Olugbenga Omole were on the Saturday edition of Sunrise to shed more light on the goings-on in Ondo state politics, with the governorship election just around the corner in the state.

Mr. Omole gave a hint on the fast approaching election and the readiness of the party to challenge the ruling Labour Party. He praised the effort of the party’s candidate in the coming polls, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN). And expressed optimism that the people will speak through the ballot come October 20.

Mr. Ijatuashe on the other hand confirmed the ill feelings of some members of the party who are not comfortable with the fact that Mr. Akeredolu was picked as the flag bearer in the upcoming election. He however said “it is normal; because there are many other people who fell they are qualified for the same position”. He also said “but there can only be one person there at a time”.

He said the parameters put in place to measure who the cap fits was well fulfilled by the party’s flag bearer.

I never thought I will be a professional musician-Mr.Raw

Abia state-born Ukeje Okechukwu Edwards, also known as Mr. Raw-formally known as ‘Dat Nigga Raw’-is one of  Nigeria’s unique hip-hop artiste. He raps and sings in his local dialect of Igbo language.

Mr. Raw was the Guest Artiste of the week, on our weekend breakfast show; Sunrise Saturday, and spoke his mind on his career and how it all started.

Formerly known as ‘Dat Nigerian Guy Anakpo Raw (NiG.G.A), Mr Raw, confessed how he contested in  musical competitions without  the belief that he will pursue a career in the now lucrative Nigerian music industry.

He claimed he was only enjoying himself in his self styled “Igbo-pidgin English hip hop” when he started, but was encouraged by family and friends to further his interest and “it has made me a star today”as he confessed.

Refused to be phased by his stardom, Mr. Raw downplayed the title, “Music Don from the East” but rather preferred to be addressed as an artiste from the east, acknowledging other rappers/singers from the Igbo dominated South-Eastern region of Nigerian.

He went down memory lane to explain reasons behind the name “Dat Nigga Raw” and the decision to change the name.

Understanding NSE Sharia-compliance index

Islamic wealth manager Lotus Capital and Nigeria’s bourse (NSE) on Monday launched a debut index of Nigerian Stock Exchange-listed companies that comply with centuries-old Islamic investment principles.

The NSE Lotus Islamic index, which covers 15 equities with combined market capitalisation of around 2.87 billion naira ($18 mln), excludes banks, companies with high levels of debt or leverage and other stocks that conflict with Islamic principles.

The stock exchange said the new index is designed to attract Sharia/ethical investors to Nigeria’s fledgling stock market, particularly those from the Middle East.

The new index is weighted towards fast moving consumer good, cement, oil marketing and manufacturing sectors and includes heavyweight Dangote Cement.

No sector will be allowed to account for more than 40 percent of the index, Lotus said, noting that the index will be reviewed every six months.

Continue with privatisation but take care of us, PHCN workers tells FG

The current impasse over the takeover of management of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, by the Canadian firm, Manitoba Hydro International, has brought into sharper focus the challenge of implementing power reform that would ensure provision of adequate and stable electricity for millions of Nigerian businesses and homes.

Electricity workers under the aegis of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) have vowed to resist the takeover of power installations by private management interests, and last week took to the streets yet again in protest against the management contract of the TCN.

In a move that speaks to their determination to resist change in the country’s despondent power sector, the unionists had set up blockades, resisting an alleged scheduled inspection visit of the Minister of Power, Barth Nnaji and officials of Manitoba Hydro International to the corporate headquarters of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) which houses TCN in Abuja.

NUEE had alleged that the July 31, 2012 scheduled takeover of TCN management by Manitoba as contained in the three years management contract between the firm and Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) runs contrary to agreements as reached in their series of dialogue with government as overseen by the Hassan Sunmonu-led negotiation panel.

Scholarship to Harvard is open to all Nigerians – 7up Director

The Executive Director, Human Resources of the 7up Bottling Company, Femi Mokikan on Saturday said that the company’s annual scholarship, which sponsors a qualified student to the Harvard Business School in the United States of America, is open to all Nigerian students.

Mr Mokikan, who along with the recipients of the 7up scholarship award for 2011 and 2012, was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise programme, said though previous winners of the award have been Nigerian students who had studied abroad, the award is open to local students too.

In the video below, the 7up Director explains why the company preferred the Harvard Business School for its scholarship programme and how the beneficiary of the scheme is selected.

Still Amendment of 1999 Constitution: Focus on Single term tenure

An overwhelming criticism was what greeted President Goodluck Jonathan’s proposal of a single term for elected officials shortly after his election in 2011.

A divergent reaction of standing ovation was what was recorded when a political scientist, Prof Isawah Elaigwu made a similar recommendation when he called for a single term of five years for all elected officials with the incumbents, not benefiting from the policy.

The professor made the call at the recent  Senate retreat on Constitution Amendment.

The newly appointed Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Matters, Dr Doyin Okupe joins our panel of discussant which include Mr.Tony Uranta and Senator Magnus Abe to talk on the single term policy and other germane issues to be addressed ahead of the fourth amendment of the 1999 Constitution.






Nigeria does not need Constitution Amendment but a new constitution

Legal Practitioners Dele Adesina (SAN) and Malachy Ugwummadu on our Saturday Morning Breakfast show, SUNRISE, talk on the proposed fourth amendment to the 1999 Constitution that is about to be carried out by the National Assembly.

According to the two lawyers, Nigeria needs to produce a new constitution and not amend the Military Decree imposed on the country by the military era.