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My Administration Had A World-class Team – Jonathan

Posted: Sep 7, 2015 at 12:02 am   /   by   /   comments (2)

By  Temidayo Akinsuyi,  LAGOS

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said that the emergence of Dr. Akinwumi Adesina as president of the African Development Bank, (AfDB), and Ms. Arunma Oteh as treasurer/vice president of the World Bank demonstrated that he had a good economic team.

Goodluck Jonathan

Goodluck Jonathan

Adesina was Jonathan’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, while Oteh was the Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

In letters personally, the former President described them as high achievers and Nigeria’s worthy ambassadors.

In his letter to Adesina, Jonathan said , “Given your exemplary record of performance, while serving as the Honourable Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development in my cabinet, I have no doubt that you will deploy your energy and the bank’s resources to ensure that Africa experiences a new era of accelerated development.

“You were not only a critical voice in my economic team, you also walked the talk, and earned the praise of our countrymen and women, by ensuring that Nigeria’s quest for self-sufficiency in food production became an achievable dream.

“I am particularly pleased with your emergence as the AfDB boss; a development, I believe, has come as a reward for having served your country meritoriously.  It also attests to the fact that my administration had a good team that managed the affairs of the country.”

Also writing to Ms. Oteh, Dr, Jonathan said, “I am delighted that you are going to your new job, fresh from the experience of having led the recovery and growth initiatives of the Nigerian Bourse in the wake of the decline, occasioned by recent global economic recession and financial crisis.

“I am particularly pleased that you are being rewarded and elevated on the world stage, after serving your country meritoriously, at a time I was the President. This is a clear testimony to your capacity, high

integrity, and tenacity of purpose. It is also a vindication of the decision of my Administration to stand by you, believing in your abilities and competence, even when questions were being raised in some quarters over your choice.

“I am convinced that the experience you gathered as Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Nigeria (SEC) gave you deep insights on how to tackle the peculiar challenges of a developing nation.

Comments (2)

  • Sep 7, 2015 at 7:21 pm Ignaze

    You had a world class team, yet Otuoke is crying for bore hole water to drink after six years, corruption was institutionalised, power generation fell to 1500mega watts, salaries could not be paid, insurgency was legalized. You should emulate VP sambo, and keep quiet.

  • Sep 7, 2015 at 5:05 pm prince ethel

    You don’t know the value of what you have till you lose it. Nigeria will always miss you. When you looked back on the team GEJ had and what mr talk talk has now. You will know how Nigerian had gone far in our GDP and economy which this fool want to destroy

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