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Jonathan Congratulates Okonjo-Iweala, Says More Women Should Be In Govt

Posted: Sep 23, 2015 at 11:55 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


Former president, Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who served as his coordinating minister of economy, over her recent appointments.

Okonjo-Iweala was recently named as a senior adviser in Lazard, a United States investment bank, and GAVI, also an international organisation.

Commenting on the appointments, Jonathan said the role she played in his government must have influenced the appointments.

He credited Okonjo-Iweala for the launch of the treasury single account in the country, advising that women who excel in their various professions should be encouraged to participate in governance.

“I have no doubt in my mind that you would excel in the two assignments, given your past record of excellent service both in Nigeria and internationally,” Jonathan’s congratulatory message on Tuesday read.

“Through your vision, the nation was able to implement some rewarding reforms in public financial management including the launch of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) to boost dwindling revenue, as well as the introduction of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), which eliminated thousands of ghost workers from the public service system.

“I am encouraged by the fact that your responsibilities in the new positions fall within your familiar career purview of strengthening institutions, building systems and advising countries on structuring their finances and dealing with debt issues.

“I believe that this record of high performance in my government weighed heavily in your favour and helped put you on top of the list, during the man-hunt and competitive international search process to fill these positions.

“It further underscores my belief that women of high integrity and proven abilities should be given the opportunity to directly contribute to national and international development,” the ex-President said.



*Source: TheCable