The creator of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, Oby Ezekwesili, will feature in the first episode of Forbes Woman Africa women empowerment TV show.
The show depicts the journey of some of the most influential women in West and South Africa who have achieved remarkable feats whiles defying the odds.
The highly anticipated women empowerment show, titled: “Against The Odds’’ with Peace Hyde, is set to premier on Friday June 30, on Pan African Business Channel (CNBC) Africa Channel 410 on DSTV.
According to a statement from Forbes Woman Africa Multimedia content made available to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN the show is the latest instalment from global media company.
She “talks about her harrowing experience in fighting corruption in Nigeria from her early days as the co-founder of Transparency International to the shock and horror of finding out about the abduction of over 270 girls in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria.’’
Ms. Ezekwesili started off in the administration as the pioneer head of the Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence Unit (aka Due Process Unit).
It was in this position that she earned the sobriquet of “Madam Due Process” for the outstanding work she led a team of professionals to do in sanitising public procurement or contracting at the Federal level in Nigeria.
She played a key role in the Bureau for Public Procurement legislation, the NEITI legislation and the new Minerals and Mining legislation during her six and a half years stint in government.
She was appointed Minister of Solid Minerals (Mines and Steel) in June 2005 during which time she led a vibrant reform program that led to Nigeria’s global recognition as a credible mining investment destination.
She was also the Chairperson of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) and led the first ever national implementation of the global standards and principles of transparency in the oil, gas and mining sector.
In June 2006, Ms. Ezekwesili was appointed the Federal Minister of Education, holding this post until she took up her World Bank appointment in May 2007
In March 2007, World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz announced the appointment of Ms. Ezekwesili as Vice-President for the Africa Region starting on May 1, 2007.
As vice-president, she was in charge of the bank’s operations in 48 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and supervised a lending portfolio of over $40 billion.
She was a co-founder of Transparency International and served as one of its pioneer directors.
As a senior economic advisor for Open Society, a group founded by billionaire George Soros, she advises nine reform-committed African heads of state including Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia.
On October 1, 2012, one of the world’s leading telecommunications firm, Bharti Airtel, with operations in 20 countries, named Ms. Ezekwesili as a director on its board.
She is also on the boards of World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the School of Public Policy of Central European University, The Harold Hartog School of Government and Policy, New African magazine, The Centre for Global Leadership @ Tufts University.
In May 2012, Ms. Ezekwesili was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science (DSC) degree by the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta in Nigeria.
She was selected as one of the BBC’s 100 Women in 2014.
In March 2014, she delivered a keynote speech at the national summit of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the leading opposition party in Nigeria.
She criticised the many migrating governors and urged the party to have “a conversation deeper than how you’re going to chase (the ruling) PDP out of power”.
In the aftermath of the nearly 300 mainly Christian girls abducted from Chibok by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, Ms. Ezekwesili was instrumental to the start of the viral #BringBackOurGirls campaign on social media, which trended internationally.
Zabarmari Killing: Fani-Kayode Condemns Presidency Over Insensitive Statement
Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has condemned the presidency over its statement that the 43 farmers killed by members of Boko Haram on Saturday in Borno did not have military clearance to be on the farm.
Recall that Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity disclosed on Monday that the farmers slaughtered by Boko Haram terrorists on Saturday didn’t have military clearance to be on the farm.
Reacting to the development, the former Minister expressed that the statement was not a good defence for the murder.
Whether it was 43 or 110 farmers that were killed, it’s not a good defence to say they were murdered because they did not get permission to farm. Every Nigerian, whether Northern or Southern, has a right to life &deserves to be protected regardless of their occupation or trade.
Whether it was 43 or 110 farmers that were killed,it's not a good defence to say they were murdered because they did not get permission to farm. Every Nigerian,whether Northern or Southern, has a right to life &deserves to be protected regardless of their occupation or trade.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) November 30, 2020
Court Okays Suit Compelling Emefiele To Account For COVID-19 Donations
The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, granted a suit, seeking to apply for judicial review and order of mandamus to compel the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, to provide details of financial donations received by the country in relation to the coronavirus pandemic.
Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the ruling in a suit filed by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and Heda Resource Centre as 1st and 2nd applicants respectively.
Mandamus is a judicial writ issued as a command to an inferior court or ordering a person to perform a public or statutory duty.
According to reports, the group, in an ex-parte motion marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1456/2020, listed the CBN governor as sole respondent.
Ekwo also granted their plea to seek an order declaring that the failure of the CBN to provide the plaintiff with information on the sources of the donations, how they are being applied, among others, amounted to a violation of the applicant’s rights under the Freedom of Information Act and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.
He ordered the applicant to file, within seven days, a formal application for the orders sought, which must be served on the respondent within seven days.
The judge also ordered the respondent to, upon being served, file its response within 30 days.
Lawan Leads FG’s Delegation On Condolence Visit To Borno
Members of the delegation include the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Ministers of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello, Communications and Digital Economy, Ali Pantami, and the Minister of State for Agriculture, Mustapha Baba Shehuri.
Other members are the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), and Senior Special Assistant( Media and Publicity) to the President, Mallam Garba Shehu.
The delegation was reportedly received on arrival at the Airport by the Borno State Deputy Governor, Usman Umar Gadafu.
The delegation is in Borno, on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government, to commiserate and identify with the family of the victims, the Government, and the people of Borno State over the incident.
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