Corruption: Wikileaks fingers Okonjo-Iweala, Gov. Okorocha, el-Rufai, others

The latest US diplomatic cable released on Friday from the whistleblower, WikiLeaks, has made allegations of corruption against some powerful Nigerians. Some of those listed in the report are either occupying key positions in the present government or had served in the past as federal ministers and state governors. The list included the Minister of […]

Obasanjo, Governors, Ministers, Others Furious

THERE was spontaneous anger among senior citizens, including former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Friday, following the explosion, which rocked the United Nations building in Abuja. Obasanjo, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Emeka Ihedioha, and the Governor of Abia state, Chief Theodore Orji, condemned the attack, saying the perpetrators should be fished out […]

Ministers shocked as Chinese firm frustrates power plant

The workers at the multi-billion naira Olorunsogo Power Plant phase 1 have revealed that SEPCO Electric Power Construction Corporation, the Chinese firm that built it has been frustrating the smooth operations of the eight gas turbines of the power project. This was the shocking revelation during a working visit of the Minister of Power, Barth […]

No dollar salary for ministers –Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan was excited yesterday as he swore in he Minister of Finance and the Coordinator of the National Economic Management Team (NEMT), Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. The president announced that she and her colleagues from the Diaspora in the cabinet had agreed to be paid in naira and not dollar as reported in the […]

Okonjo-Iweala to be sworn in today

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will effectively make a comeback this morning as a minister in the Jonathan administration. The former World Bank managing director would be sworn in this morning at 9 a.m. as finance minister and thereafter join her colleagues for the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) at 10 a.m. President Goodluck Jonathan had earlier […]

The Missing Names in Jonathan’s Cabinet – By Muhammad Ajah

By Muhammad Ajah, Abuja, Nigeria – August 16, 2011 – The list of Honourable Ministers for the federal cabinet and Special Advisers or Assistants to Mr. President so far released is commendable on one hand. The list is made up technocrats and seasoned political calibers who have distinguished themselves in their fields of specialization. The […]

Okonjo-Iweala rules out conflict with CBN Gov

The Finance Minister designate, Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has said her role won’t put her in opposition with Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor,Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. Apparently dousing speculations that she would clash with the CBN Governor on the demarcation between fiscal and monetary policies, Okonjo-Iweala said both of them would work together for the […]

Minister’s Dress Sets Tongues Wagging in Kano

Kano — Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Adaeze Ogiemwinyi, set tongues wagging yesterday in the ancient city of Kano over her English outfit locals considered offensive to their cultural values. The minister dressed in a smart dark long sleeve shirt and dark jeans trousers to match had arrived Kano on a chattered flight for an […]

Finance Minister-designate, Okonjo-Iweala, Assumes Duty August

FINANCE Minister-designate, Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who is generally expected to head the economic management (transformation) team of President Jonathan’s new government will not be able to join the federal executive council until the middle of August, and this is official. In an email conversation last weekend on her assumption of duty in Nigeria, where […]

Opinion: Fears for Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Of all the ministers recently appointed by President Goodluck Jonathan to help him with the task of transforming Nigeria, none excites my imagination on the potential to do something to put Nigeria on a sounder footing as Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former Finance Minister in Olusegun Obasanjo’s regime between 2003 and 2006. Okonjo-Iweala, who resigned her […]

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