Okonjo-Iweala gets two international jobs
World Bank names Benmessaoud new Country Director for Nigeria, Co-ordinating Director for W’Africa
AGAIN, former President Goodluck Jonathan’s Co-ordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has joined the list of the administration’s officials who have landed high-flying international jobs.
The first set of appointees who landed in jobs at the international arena were former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina who is now the new President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and immediate past Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Arunma Oteh, who had been appointed Vice President and Treasurer of the World Bank.
Former President Jonathan two weeks ago white congratulating his former appointees for their well-deserved appointments at the world level declared that their recognition was a testimony to the fact that his administration’s economic team remains one of the best in terms of the members’ ability to proffer solutions to 21st Century challenges in a veiled response to criticisms by supporters of the current President Muhammadu Buhari’s claims that Jonathan’s men were bereft of ideas and drove the economy to the precipice.
Now, Okonjo-Iweala, who was the chairman of that economic team, has accepted two key international appointments, the first is to serve as chair of the 28-member board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), an international public-private partnership committed to saving the lives of children and protecting people’s health by improving access to immunisation in developing countries, including Nigeria and the second as Senior Adviser, Lazzard, a 167 years old global investment firm.
The cherry news concerning the former minister comes as her alma mater, the World Bank where she once served as Managing Director, equally announced the appointment of a new Country Director for Nigeria and Co-ordinating Director for its integrated programmes for the West African Region, Mr. Rachid Benmessaoud, who is to succeed Francoise Marie-Nelly whose tenure ended in July 2015.