What next as Dr. Okonjo-Iweala Resigns?
The sudden exit of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala is gathering a
major concern in Nigerian economic system. Dr. Okonjo was leader
of the economic team, and the former Minister of Finance and
until her resignation was the Foreign Affairs Minister.
Dr. Okonjo-Iweala, educated at Harvard (A.B. Magnum Cum Laude
1981) and has her Ph.D. in regional economics and development
from M.I.T. Many Nigerians consider some of her financial reform
policies unsuitable for a country like Nigeria where majority of
the people still live in abject poverty.
Dr. Okonjo resigned as Foreign Minister on August 3, 2006
following her sudden removal as head of the Economic team by
President Olusegun Obasanjo. Prior to her ministerial career in
Nigeria, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala was a vice-president of the World
Bank. She left the Bank in 2003 after she was appointed Finance
Minister by President Olusegun Obasanjo on 15 July, 2003. Both
during her years at the World Bank and in her service to
Nigeria, she developed a reputation for hard work on
democratization, anti-corruption and debt management issues. In
October 2005, she led the Nigerian team that struck a deal with
the Paris Club, a group of bilateral creditors, to pay off
Nigeria's external debt of about 18 million US dollars.
In her resignation she wrote, “I am compelled to tender my
resignation at this time because of the need to take care of
pressing family issues that require her immediate attention.”
But is that the reason she resigned her appointive position as
Foreign Affairs Minister? From all indication, Dr. Okonjo Iweala
resigned because of pressure against her in the presidency. The
Smart and reputable economist is ready again to expose our
thieving leaders in the foreign ministry. In fact, she has
mapped out some important changes to strengthen the ministry and
refocus the ministry foreign policy.
What is the faith of our economic system? Can the newly
appointed Minister of Finance and the leader of Economic Team,
Mrs. Nenadi continue from where Dr. Okonjo stopped?
Isaac Moses ,
August 7th, 2006