The gap between the rich and the poor. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Date: 07-07-2011 10:08 am (11 years ago) | Author: Augustine
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The Senate, on Wednesday, confirmed ten more ministers, including Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Olusegun Aganga, and Barth Nnaji to swell President Goodluck Jonathan's administrative team.

The confirmations, a third in a series that started last week Wednesday, saw the Senate sit out a prolonged plenary.

Mrs Okonjo-Iweala, who is returning to the country's administrative team after she resigned from the cabinet in 2006, said she accepted Mr Jonathan's invitation to participate in his administration out of the passion to bridge the gap between the rich and poor in Nigeria.

She said her policy direction in the government would place emphasis on job creation, infrastructural development, and budgeting trend reversal. She added that she would smoothen project financing, ensure budget discipline, and increase the ease of doing business in Nigeria.
She, however, criticized the current budget trend where the recurrent expenditure triples the expenditure on capital projects.


"I am worried that recurrent expenditure is eating up the budget," she said.
She argued that the new minimum wage was not the problem, but the nation's overhead expenditure.

The overhead expenditure was a subject of great controversy last year after the Central Bank governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, stated that the National Assembly was responsible for one-quarter of the nation's overhead expenditure.

She also said the N18, 000 minimum wage would not over burden the budget.
"We have other types of overhead expenditure which are also contributing to eating up the budget ...we need all your help, distinguished senators, to make this happen. It is not a job for Mr President alone," she appealed to the lawmakers.

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- Merlin at 7-07-2011 10:46 AM (11 years ago)
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She has good intentions. Let's hope she is able to implement them. Undecided
Posted: at 7-07-2011 10:46 AM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Mercies at 7-07-2011 12:12 PM (11 years ago)
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May God help this country this time around. (Amen)
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- acome at 7-07-2011 12:14 PM (11 years ago)
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please that God help her and remove all bad man and woman from her way.
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- Merlin at 7-07-2011 05:50 PM (11 years ago)
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amen
Posted: at 7-07-2011 05:50 PM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- sheunie at 28-08-2011 12:03 PM (10 years ago)
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wardrobe allowances  is A BIG EATER OF THE BUDGET
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- obyi at 28-08-2011 06:16 PM (10 years ago)
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my best prayer is that God guide our leaders right and our youth the truth to know, so that we all build a great country
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- Celestial1 at 29-08-2011 05:30 AM (10 years ago)
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Unfortunately, I don't think God will fight this battle of corrupt elected officials for Nigerians.  The citizenry of Nigeria will have to fight, denounce, and show the world the rape they are suffering from corrupt officials.  Waiting on God has not worked in all these years, all it has done is fatten more pockets and push more into abject poverty and living in an undignified manner. A rich country with so many resources as Nigeria should not have the majority of its populace living in poverty.     Let God be your armour, but you will have to do the dirty work if you want a better Nigeria for your children and grandchildren. Good luck!
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- terryworld at 29-08-2011 11:30 PM (10 years ago)
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hmmmmmmmmmm

Posted: at 29-08-2011 11:30 PM (10 years ago) | Hero
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- ashleyB at 30-08-2011 07:01 AM (10 years ago)
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Well, good luck to her if it will be implemented.
Posted: at 30-08-2011 07:01 AM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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- PoliticxGuru at 24-08-2015 02:15 AM (6 years ago)
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Trash
Posted: at 24-08-2015 02:15 AM (6 years ago) | Hero
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