Nigerians, I’m back – Okonjo-Iweala

By Amako Nneji September 22, 2015 11:16

Nigerians, I’m back – Okonjo-Iweala

Former Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo Iweala has said she is back on track to discharge her duty to humanity through the private sector having spent a greater part of her career in the public sector.

Okonjo Iweala who was speaking in an interview with Ventures Africa stated that she accepted both offers in order to give back to society.

She was on Monday offered the advisory role to help countries structure their finances and deal with debt issues, with a second offer to head the board of GAVI, an international public private partnership committed to saving the lives of children and protecting people’s health by improving access to immunization.

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The appointment came at a time when Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has repeatedly accused Okonjo-Iweala of embezzling public funds during her time as Finance Minister which she debunked on several occasions.

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The former Finance Minister said: “I think the shift to the private sector is very good for me and at the same time good for Lazard in the sense that Lazard is the premier company in the world for sovereign advisory.

    “Working with GAVI is a privilege. It will enable me to continue to give back, and then you couple that with the private sector. So I think that public-private thing is perfect to keep me on my toes.

    “At GAVI, we will be helping government in restructuring their finances, in restructuring their debts, in managing their macroeconomic framework.

    “These are areas in which I’ve developed expertise over 33 years of my career, so it will be shifting that knowledge into advising government — though it is from a private sector perspective. But it will also be good because it will bring a different eye and a different methodology to the way that I’ve been working. I will learn, and the company will learn also.

    “I’m very grateful for the support of Nigerians and the international community. I’m excited about the new appointments. Nigerians have supported me by and large and it has been a wonderful feeling.

    “The international community has also shown their support through these appointments, so I’m very grateful. I’m happy. I’m humbled, and I look forward to embarking on the next exciting chapter of my life.”

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