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    Okonjo-Iweala: At 18, I had high hopes in Nigeria

Okonjo-Iweala: At 18, I had high hopes in Nigeria

Ngozi Okonju-Iweala, former minster of finance, has revealed how she had strong optimism in Nigeria when she was a teenager.The former managing director of the World Bank said the prospects of the country seemed good at that time because the people were united."When I was 18, the world seemed open, prospects from my country seemed good; we had come out [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala: Finance ministers fail to see vaccines as investments with high returns

Okonjo-Iweala: Finance ministers fail to see vaccines as investments with high returns

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, chair of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, says finance ministers often fail to see vaccines as investments with high returns.In her intervention for the World Economic Forum, Okonjo-Iweala argued that "the first step to Africa’s prosperity – saving children’s lives".She said for every $1 spent on vaccinating children, the world stands to gain as much as $44.HER FULL INTERVENTION: For Africa, [...]

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    Obi: When Okonjo-Iweala, Sanusi begged us to save, we sued them

Obi: When Okonjo-Iweala, Sanusi begged us to save, we sued them

Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra state, says Nigerian governors under the Goodluck Jonathan administration refused to save for a rainy day.Obi said Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance, and Muhammad Sanusi II, former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), begged the federal government to build its savings but the governors kicked against the idea.Speaking on CNBC Africa, Obi said [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala: Trump will let Africa shape its own destiny

Okonjo-Iweala: Trump will let Africa shape its own destiny

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, two-time minister of finance in Nigeria, says Donald Trump will give Africa the chance to shape its own destiny.Speaking in an interview with BBC on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, Okonjo-Iweala said Africa may not be priority for the Trump presidency, but there is no need to despair."There are two schools of [...]

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    Ex-CBN director to Buhari: Even Abacha depended on experts… don’t let Nigeria become Zimbabwe

Ex-CBN director to Buhari: Even Abacha depended on experts… don’t let Nigeria become Zimbabwe

Akpan Ekpo, a former director of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has warned the current administration not to allow the economic situation deteriorate to the level of Zimbabwe.In an interview with TheCable at Washington, Akpan said even Sani Abacha, the late military dictator, allowed experts to run the economy.Lamenting over the situation when non-professionals are in charge of key ministries, [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala: Climate change agenda  must respect the rights of developing countries

Okonjo-Iweala: Climate change agenda must respect the rights of developing countries

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, two-time minister of finance,  says the climate change agenda, currently being ambitiously pushed by the world, must respect the rights and growth aspirations of the developing world.The former minister, who is currently attending the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) said "developing nations have contributed the least to the climate change crisis through their carbon emissions, yet their often [...]

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    Amaechi: Govs asked Jonathan to share oil savings because he was mismanaging it

Amaechi: Govs asked Jonathan to share oil savings because he was mismanaging it

Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation and former governor of Rivers state, says governors demanded the sharing of money from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) under the last federal government because it was not properly managed.Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance and coordinating minister of the economy, has consistently maintained that governors lacked the political will to save during the tenure of [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala: Me? Serve under Buhari? Well…

Okonjo-Iweala: Me? Serve under Buhari? Well…

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance, on Monday said having served twice in government, she would want others to be given the chance.She was responding to the question on if she would like to serve again, having worked with former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan for a combined period of seven years.Speaking when she appeared on The Stream, a [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala: We record 39,000 child marriages every day – this must stop!

Okonjo-Iweala: We record 39,000 child marriages every day – this must stop!

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, development advocate and former minister of finance, says 39,000 girls under 18 years of age get married every day.She therefore called for an end to child marriages.In a speech for Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, Okonjo-Iweala, who doubles as the Gavi board chair, said young girls must be protected against cervical cancer, which stems from HPV.THE FULL SPEECHWhen you [...]

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    How Okonjo-Iweala ‘fixed’ gender financing in Nigeria and the world

How Okonjo-Iweala ‘fixed’ gender financing in Nigeria and the world

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former finance minister and coordinating minister of the economy, did more than manage the purse of Africa’s largest economy; she fixed a plan for gender budgeting in Nigeria and perhaps the rest of the world.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) working paper on budget financing in sub-Saharan Africa, released on Thursday, acknowledges Okonjo-Iweala’s efforts for gender equality and financing [...]

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    Court orders Jonathan’s govt to account for ‘missing N30trn’

Court orders Jonathan’s govt to account for ‘missing N30trn’

Ibrahim Buba, a justice of the federal high court Abuja, has ordered the immediate past administration to account for the alleged missing N30 trillion under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.It was Charles Soludo, former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), who first made the allegation.“Our public finance is haemorrhaging to the point that estimated over N30tn [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala: Malnutrition aids gender inequality

Okonjo-Iweala: Malnutrition aids gender inequality

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance and development advocate, says gender inequality is aided by malnutrition, adding that this inequality starts in the womb.Okonjo-Iweala, in a piece co-authored Lawrence Haddad at the Women Deliver Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, said the world the world must feed on the right diet, if it will attain gender equality.“During the last century, the battle [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala: SDGs can’t be achieved without transparency

Okonjo-Iweala: SDGs can’t be achieved without transparency

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance, says for sustainable development goals to be achieved, governments all over the world must commit to transparent public procurement.Disclosing her manifesto against corruption for the London anti-corruption summit, the Gavi chair-elect said 57 percent of all bribes are for securing public contracts.HER MANIFESTO:Globally, governments purchase goods and services from the private sector at a [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala: Jonathan was booed for supporting gender equality

Okonjo-Iweala: Jonathan was booed for supporting gender equality

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, two-time minister of finance, says former president Goodluck Jonathan, was booed by male parliamentarians for supporting gender equality.In a speech titled: 'Why Should Finance Ministers Care About Gender Equality?' addressing finance ministers across the world, Okonjo-Iweala said a special entrepreneurship programme for women in Nigeria, succeeded in creating 10,000 jobs for the nation.EXCERPTS BELOW:I am delighted to see so [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala: Nigeria must eradicate poverty

Okonjo-Iweala: Nigeria must eradicate poverty

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance and coordinating minister for the economy, says Nigeria and the rest of the Africa must eradicate poverty to end instability.Speaking in an interview with Le Monde, a French newspaper, Okonjo-Iweala spoke on subjects ranging from climate change to development, economic aid and real jobs for the people of Africa.Okonjo-Iweala said it is imperative to reform [...]

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    Africans deserve better insurance against weather damage

Africans deserve better insurance against weather damage

When life is already a struggle, a sudden disaster can have devastating effects. Families and communities can be driven in a downward spiral in which it will be their perhaps impossible to escape.Often, it is not because of storms, droughts and floods that millions of people in Africa and many other regions live in poverty. But these events can be [...]

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