Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has congratulated Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala over her recent appointments to two key international positions, stating that her elevation underscored his belief that women had key roles to play in national and global development.
He also congratulated Dr. Omobola Johnson, the immediate past Minister of Communication Technology who was recently appointed the honorary chairperson of the Alliance for Affordable Internet, A4AI, a United States based global coalition committed to driving down the cost of internet access in less developed countries.
Dr Okonjo-Iweala’s emergence as the chair of the Board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, GAVI, as well as as senior advisor to Lazard, the 167-year-old global investment firm, makes her the third woman from Jonathan’s government to be honoured with key international jobs and the fourth so far.
The others are Dr. Johnson, Ms Arunma Oteh, former director general of Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, who became the treasurer and vice president of the World Bank, as well as Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, who was elected president of the African Development Bank, AfDB.
In the congratulatory letter to Dr Okonjo-Iweala, the former president described her appointment as a great honour to the nation, especially coming “soon after serving Nigeria as Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance in my administration.”
He further described her as an achiever whose leadership as the head of his economic management team brought about the successful implementation of far-reaching reforms in many sectors, including power, telecoms, agriculture, financial services and infrastructural development.
On his preference and quota for women participation in government during his time, the former president said: “It further underscores my belief that women of high integrity and proven abilities should be given the opportunity to directly contribute to national and international development.
“This is consistent with the global thinking that women who excel in their various professions should be encouraged to participate in governance.”

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