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Ezekwesili Carpets Lawmakers For Treating Okonjo-Iweala With Disrespect

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NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA AND HOUSE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN ON FINANCE, ABDULMUMINI JIBRIN

NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA AND HOUSE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN ON FINANCE, ABDULMUMINI JIBRIN

A former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, on Saturday berated members of the House of Representatives for their rude treatment of the Finance Minister and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

Mrs. Ezekwesili, a former World Bank Vice President (Africa), accused the lawmakers of not being ‘decorous’ when the House Committee on Finance walked out Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala out of their meeting on Thursday.

The finance minister, who had presented the 2014 Appropriation Bill before the House earlier on Thursday, however, turned round to say she was not feeling too well to withstand the rigors of responding to questions from the committee members regarding the state of the Nigerian economy.

Her response seemed to irk the lawmakers, who dismissed her but not before the chairman of the committee, Abdulmumini Jibrin, handed her a document containing 50 questions which they asked her to respond to in writing within two weeks.

But Mrs. Ezekwesili, who tweets via the handle @obyezeks, on Saturday said: “Gosh! Our National Assembly & lawmakers URGENTLY need SERIOUS TRAINING on Respectful Workplace Practices”.

According to her, more is expected of lawmakers as the only reason Nigeria is called a democracy is because of the National Assembly.

“These lawmakers need know this and be decorous! That fellow that was blatantly disrespectful to Okonjo-Iweala may not in the real world qualify to be her Research Assistant. Let’s face facts”, she said.

However, Mrs. Ezekwesili, who was the finance minister’s colleague during the Olusegun Obasanjo administration, withdrew her tweet and apologized for her seeming remark about the educational qualification of one of the lawmakers.

“Ok, I agree. I was hard on him to compare his academic credentials with that of O-Iweala and so I take that tweet back. Forgive angry me!” she said.

Mrs. Ezekwesili, who was also a former minister of solid minerals, said when she was in government, whenever the National Assembly summoned her, she always turned up.

“I knew Okonjo-Iweala to be same. Surely, if the Committee Chairman was angry at her for having said she was slightly indisposed, she still deserved fair hearing. I expect our lawmakers to ask the toughest of questions in the discharge of their oversight role. But, do so with plenty of grace- with decorum”, she said.

According to her, disagreements are bound to occur but the language and tone matters a great deal in nurturing the culture of public debate which is core to democracies.

“Let’s get it right! I am huge on that language of disagreement. Disagree all you like but keep it clean of abuse and I will stay engaged. Abusers? Not on my TL [Timeline]!

“I keep coming back to the issue of the language of disagreement in our Democracy. We can’t afford to keep it as base and militaristic as it is.

“On the substance of the ‘50 Questions for Okonjo-Iweala”, It is a MIXED GRILL that could have benefited from deeper knowledge of Basic Economics,” she said.

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  1. Bunmi

    December 22, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Why is it now that she is been called upon that she realized she was in disposed? All na wayo, make dem comot make dem give us (the fresh blood ) chance make we lean abi den won die put? She was d world bank president yet can’t manage NNPC, privatization is the order of d day i.e PHCN, refinery etc noting like BASIC AMENITIES. All the opportunities given to you fix Nigeria that you all use to enrich your pocket, Your CHILDREN ll bear the CONSEQUENCE in JESUS NAME. AMEN

    • alfred

      December 22, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      u re a big fool! is she d president of ur stupid nigeria?

  2. Oladokun

    December 22, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    It is quite unfortunate that Ezekwesili is talking this way because Okonjo messed herself before the committee.It is high time we need to understand that any of the houses is superior than any citizen.When Obasanjo was invited the other time as a sitting president of the country,he responded politely but for a Minister,which she was only opportune to be,because she’s the brain behind the economy collapse of this country,got to the house to say she’s sick is highly embarrassing to the country.I tell you no one owns her any apology as she needs to see herself serving us but not above anyone.
    Being a former vice president to any bank is not an issue in Nigeria.Why not rejected the ministerial appointment and remain in the bank?We need some political enlightenment.Thank you

    • SUPPER MOM

      December 23, 2013 at 10:36 am

      @Oladokun & Bunmi, I am not surprise at ur comments cos people, from ur region are just to sentimental when it comes to issues like these, u are always one-way sided, had it b Okonjo is from ur region u will be the 1st person to castigate those nuisance and bunch of rogues that parade them selves as House of Reps Members for not accorded Okonjo, respect due to her.

  3. emmanuel

    December 23, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I am surprised @ what some of my colleagues ( youths) of our Great Nation Nigeria are commenting on unprofessional manner the committee in question displayed toward the Hon. Minister of the Federal Republic of Great Nigeria. The Assembly had early demanded the presidency to submit the Budget between a stipulated date Convenience to both parties, and our president whom has always presented the same Budget for several yrs. For one official reason or the other the President could not present the Budget in person, rather, he followed by the constitution choosing Okonjo Iweala as the most qualified person to present the Budget on his Behalf. You don’t expect the Minister to continually telling the President (her Boos) that she can not present the Budget due to milled illness. She only made it known to the Committee members that her calm response is not in connection with their questions, rather, she is not 100 percent fit due to slide illness. Mind you her presence is to be regarded as the president presence; hence she is representing the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It simply implies that they would have done the same thing to Mr. President if he was present at the time. Let’s keep sentiment aside and focus on Good Governance. In as much as she was audible enough to catch their attention at the point of arrival and during discussion, they should have equally accorded her the opportunity to defend the Budget. Alternatively, dismiss her with respect. I watched the Clip quite clear and their was no sport where she disrespected the law makers. She accorded them with due respect.
    I strongly believe that this caliber of Law makers should be sent for moral training. We as youth with genuine intentions without any recourse of political affiliate or political Parties should stand up and correct our leaders when they go wrong in this manner.
    The time has come for the youth to run the World with genuine intentions. How old is South Korean President? Is he running the country well or not? Nigeria is not an exception!

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Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021

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Governor Fayemi

Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has presented the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year in the State.

The Governor on Monday presented a budget estimate of over N109 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.

Governor Fayemi, while presenting the budget at the State House of Assembly complex yesterday in Ado-Ekiti described the 2021 budget as “Budget of Recovery and Economic Restoration.”

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The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N57, 997,898,982.62k while the capital expenditure has N51, 668,386,739.99k.

Fayemi, said the budget proposal presented contains the policy thrust, programmes, and vision of his administration for 2021, saying efforts shall be made to source the needed resources to fund the budget.

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP

Muhammadu Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his nationwide broadcast over the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking the country.

Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.

He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

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Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.

The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos.

This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.

Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.

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“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.

“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.

“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.

 

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