Ever met Adams Oshiomhole , governor of Edo state speak on a subject over which he has great passion? What you will be treated to is a rise and fall in tone, just as his moderate frame gives support to his argument. In all this, something remains constant; the former labour leader fears no foe. When he is in conflict with you, he takes the war to your doorstep, roaring like a lion; and never one to be intimidated. You may ask past leaders like President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Oshiomhole who said he conquered fear at the age of 17 would also not be daunted even when you think he is swimming against the tide, he charges ahead once convinced that he is on the side of truth.
He is on record as about the only governor who stood behind former President Goodluck Jonathan on the botched attempt to remove subsidy on petroleum products in 2012.
In this interview with Adekunbi Ero, executive editor and Wilson Ibharayi, reporter, the comrade governor shoots straight from the hip on practically all matters. So, who are at the receiving end? His one time friend, Jonathan, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance and Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser. But he insists that it is “nothing personal.”
Considering the situation in the country, the governor looks ahead at what the future holds for Nigerians and expressed grave concern. His interview, I Am Worried About Nigeria, is the cover in this edition.
Supporting the cover is the story on the arbitration court, established to the ease the resolution of business disputes in the country. Tony Manuaka, senior associate editor, who worked on the story for some weeks was rewarded with an interview with Megha Joshi, executive secretary and chief executive officer, Lagos Court of Arbitration and ADR.
This will definitely bring smiles to the faces of investors, local and foreign, who are worried about the length of time it takes to get conflicts resolved. Thus the headline: Hope Rises For Investors.
By the time you are reading this, the year 2016 would have been just a few days old. Not too late for all of us at TELL to we wish you an eventful and purposeful year! Happy New Year!
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