Monday, June 20, 2011

Cabinet: Okonjo-Iweala snubs President

The Nation
18 June 2011

President Goodluck Jonathan’s desire to have the current Managing Director of the World Bank, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, return as Nigeria’s Minister of Finance in the cabinet being reconstituted may have failed as she has not shown up for screening as promised.  Okonjo-Iweala, it was reported met with President Jonathan on Thursday at the Plaza Hotel in New York for over an hour before the latter returned to the country after a high level meeting of the United Nations (UN) on HIV/AIDS.

It was gathered that Dr. Okonjo-Iweala accepted the presidential offer but has failed to appear before the screening panel. It is not however known if the president will go ahead to forward her name to the National Assembly for clearance without any input by the security agencies. Sources told Saturday Mirror that the president had hoped to anchor his economic drive on the World Bank’s Managing Director.

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