Nigeria Beyond Oil: Ooni Of Ife Says Ife’s Gold Needs Exploration

Adeyeye-Ogunwusi-Ooni-of-IfeThe Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, says Ile Ife will be the take-off point of the new Nigerian economy in a post oil and gas era.

Oba Ogunwusi expressed optimism that an exploration of the huge solid minerals in the state, especially gold, would give an unprecedented boost to the nation’s economy and shift it away from volatility of the crude oil market.

He stressed the need for focus to shift from oil and gas to other solid minerals in Nigerian states.

“All over the country solid minerals are everywhere. But we haven’t even exploited it.

“Indeed, we can survive without oil and gas. If we don’t have oil and gas, we can survive because the mysteries in this land are more than anywhere in the world.

“There is a huge potential in Ife. There is no solid mineral we don’t have. We have gold, Timberlight Gemstone… We have very large scale deposit of all those materials and I like to practice what I preach,” the monarch told Modele Sarafa-Yusuf on Channels Television’s programme, ‘View From The Top’.

The Oba said that he was already working with the State and Federal Governments to promote solid minerals, tourism and agriculture to keep the youths engaged and promote the local economy.

Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi and Modele Sarafa-Yusuf

He urged the leaders to lead by personal example, advocating the use of made in Nigeria goods.

“The beads that I am wearing, I went as far as Benin Kingdom to go an exploit the beads. People don’t wear it any longer but it is made in Nigeria and I am proud to say it. The gold in between it, I took it from Mokuru waters in Ife and it is one of the most purified gold in the world. It is a 23.9 karat gold, raw. We just decided to do surface mining.

“We have it in Nigeria. We have it in Ife, Ilesa and in Niger State. All these things are just littered everywhere. But there is nobody to harness and put all those structures in place.

“We have focused too much on oil and gas.

“So I am very proud to say today that what I am wearing is made in Nigeria hundred per cent. This throne, the shoe that I am wearing are made in Nigeria. It is that bad, the soap I use is made in Ile Ife. That is the only way Nigerian economy can grow. So we must lead by example,” the Ooni of Ife stressed.

Northerners Are Still Not Thinking Of A United Nigeria – Ayo Adebanjo

A delegate at the ongoing National Conference, Ayo Adebanjo, speaks on this edition of View From The Top.

Enjoy the conversation.

APC Is The Party For Change – Ngige

Chris-Ngige2View From The Top, on this edition, plays host to former Anambra State Governor, Dr Chris Ngige.

Senator Ngige took on several issues surrounding Nigeria’s democracy, his time as Governor, being in the opposition party and losing the Anambra State governorship election to All Progressive Grand Alliance’s Willie Obiano.

Recalling the irregularities witnessed in past elections and how this has affected the Nigerian democracy, he said that Nigeria had taken steps backwards rather than moving forward.

Although he admitted that the 2011 elections were fair, he insisted that Nigeria should be aiming to do better rather than getting worse, as seen in the Anambra governorship where he claimed to have lost due to disenfranchising of his supporters.

Ngige said that he had learnt a lot of lessons as he was beaten by the tactics of their opponents.

He, however, stated that these rigging as done in Anambra cannot be tried in Ekiti State as the APC was well aware of the opposition’s tactics.

Insurgency: No Holds Barred With Borno Govt. On Chibok Girls Abduction

VFTT Borno SSGNigeria has been going through turbulent times with the state of insecurity in the country, heightened by the abduction of over 200 girls by terrorists in Chibok, Borno State.

The controversies surrounding the incident has put the Borno State Government, led by Governor Kashim Shetima, in the eye of the storm, with several accusations, claims and conspiracy theories.

Secretary to the Borno State Government, Ambassador Baba Ahmad Jidda, is the guest on this edition of ‘View From The Top’.

He speaks on the situation in the North-Eastern state, from the perspective of the State Government.

Enjoy this revealing interview.

Technical And Economic Regulation Of Nigeria’s Power Sector

NERC Sam AmadiWith the ongoing reforms in Nigeria’s power sector, particularly the privatisation of generation and distribution companies, there are expectations of a truly liberalized market in which consumers will mostly pay for services that they enjoy, while service providers will strive for quality operations.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, was set up to undertake technical and economic regulation of this industry.

The commission is to license operators, determine operating codes and standards, establish customer rights and obligations and set tariffs.

NERC Chairman, Dr. Sam Amadi, is our guest on this edition of ‘View From The Top’.

Saraki Speaks About Nigerian Politics, Reforms And Moving On After PDP

VFTP - Bukola SarakiFormer Governor of Kwara State and also Senator representing Kwara Central Senatorial District, Bukola Saraki, is our guest on this edition of ‘View From The Top’

Saraki, who is currently the Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Environment, is also a vocal commentator on national issues, and he speaks on several issues of concern, ranging from Nigeria’s Agriculture reforms, to the development of infrastructure.

The 2-time Chairman of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum, also speaks on the activities of the Governor’s Forum and the crisis it had experienced in recent times; as well as his defection from the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) into the opposition, All Progressives Congress (APC).

Enjoy the video.

Unionist X-rays Challenges Of Labour Unions In Nigeria

Peter EseleFor 6 years, Peter Esele was the President of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, the body set up to organise and unite all registered senior staff associations in Nigeria into a single entity.

Described as a fire brand unionist and a tough negotiator, Peter Esele finished his 2-term reign as the TUC President in June 2013 and has since gone back to his job in an oil firm.

Esele is our guest on this edition of ‘View From The Top’.

Minister Says There Is Notable Progress In Nigeria’s Health Sector

VFTPThe mission of the Ministry of Health is to develop and implement policies and programmes and undertake other actions to deliver effective, efficient, quality and affordable health services.

The Federal Ministry of Health has been in the news for the wrong reasons at different times. Strikes and threats of strike, rivalry among health sector professionals, lack of equipment and many more, tend to overshadow the progress being made by the ministry to improve Nigeria’s health indicators.

The Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu has been in charge since the year 2010, and he joins us on this edition of ‘View From The Top’.

The Minister said that the Government was not doing badly, as it had recorded a reduction of maternal mortality rate in Nigeria by 56 per cent, which he said was no mean achievement.

In terms of immunisation, the government had also achieved 80 per cent coverage.

He, however, said that the federal system of government that Nigeria was practicing was contributing to problems with health indices. He complained that although Nigerians are beginning to understand how federal system ought to work, there were some local governments that are still waiting for the Federal Government to come and do everything for them.

The Minister also spoke about the several plans of the ministry for the year 2014. Enjoy the interview.

Governor Ahmed Speaks On Kwara Development

Gov. AhmedDr. Abdulfatah Ahmed is the 19th Governor of Kwara State, and the 6th civilian governor of the state since the creation of the state in 1967.

Even though he became governor in 2011, he had been involved in the administration of the state for 10 years having been a 2-time commissioner during the administration of his predecessor, Governor Bukola Saraki.

He is the guest on this edition of ‘View From The Top’. Enjoy this interview where he speaks about the development of the state and his plans for sustaining the development programmes initiated by his administration.

FG To Boost Power With 4,700 Megawatts In 2014 – Igali

On the background of the privatization of the power sector and the recent handing over of the physical assets to the co-investors, ‘View From The Top’ on Channels Television takes a look at the privatisation journey in Nigeria since the birth of the idea in 1999.

The programme on this edition plays host to the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Ambassador Godknows Boladei Igali.

The focus is on the Nigerian power sector and the question is what is next after the handing over to investors?

With successive governments having failed to deliver on their promises of providing Nigerians with constant power supply, pessimistic views are still being expressed by many Nigerians on the possibility of a change in fortune.

Igali blamed the situation on the poor maintenance of public infrastructure and budget limitations. While also admitting that government is not the best manger of assets, he stressed that underinvestment in the sector has been the major factor behind the constant failure.

He said: “Government is not formed to manage business. Power sector is a business, and government’s role should be that of providing leadership, direction, regulation and allow the businessmen to do business.”

He credited the latest successful handover to the proactive efforts of President Goodluck Jonathan. According to him, he “energized and reactivated the process” which fast tracked the public competitive bidding processes.

Ambassador Igali also spoke in details about the efforts being made by the Federal Government to sustain the privatisation structure and the infrastructural development plans.

He also encouraged Nigerians to have faith in the system.