Emerging reports, indicate that the
former Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi
Okonjo-Iweala, is set to emerge as the President of the World Bank,
This came as Economic Experts across the
globe on Sunday, September 25, have called on President Barrack Obama
of the United States of America, USA, to endorse Okonjo-Iweala’s
“In 2012, when the former Nigerian
Minister signified her intention to run for the World Bank Presidency,
there was a quake; she was endorsed by a majority of the emerging
“She was the most qualified candidate,
having worked at the World Bank for decades, including a stint as its
second in command. The only country that stood in her way, was the
United States, which controls not less than 16 percent of the Bank’s
shares”, Bade Adebolu, an Economist, said.
He added, “Before I go on, let me
present her unabridged Curriculum Vitae for the world to see. Her
intimidating credentials include: Harvard University degree in Urban and
Regional Planning (magna cum laude); Ph.D. in Regional Economic
Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in
1981; Vice-President, and Corporate Secretary, and later, Managing
Director of the World Bank Group. Can I say our dear Okonjo-Iweala is
over-qualified for this job?
“The US and allies took notice of this, as well as respected media organisations, such as the New York Times.
“The Economist, and UK Guardian, which
paid glowing tributes to her, and urged the World Bank’s board to take a
serious look at her, as they juxtaposed her candidature with those of
Ocampo of Colombia and Kim, who was the choice of the United States of
America. Her appeal to reason to the United States fell on deaf ears.
”She was endorsed by over 30 former
Staffers, who wrote an open letter, praising her deep experience in
international and national issues in economic management. On paper, her
opponents the Colombian Jose Antonio Ocampo, and the Korean American,
Dr. Jim Yong Kim, stood no chance against her. Ocampo stepped down and
endorsed her, leaving her to slug it with Dr. Kim, who later won.
“Why a liberal country like the US will
support a less qualified candidate with no demonstrable experience like
Dr. Jim Yong Kim, a Medical Practitioner, against Dr. Okonjo-Iweala,
still baffles rational minds.
“To some of us, Kim’s victory stood
merit and competence on their head. It also institutionalised and
glorified nepotism. With America’s might and anointing on Kim, the
result was out before the voting.
“But the media and the world, especially the developing nations, were agog and chorused for Ngozi. She lost gallantly.
“But the world has learnt a lesson: who
backs you up, signposts your success or failure. You can’t be nominated
by America and lose to a third world nominee, even if you are a
world-class Economist like Okonjo-Iweala. Only in this world, will a
low-rated Medical Personnel, defeat an Economist, in a contest for the
World Bank Presidency.
“She lost out gallantly, and even made a
point in the process. It was the first time in the World Bank’s
history, that the United States’ hold on the position, was challenged.
“It didn’t take long before Kim’s
incompetence began to show. The recent poor handling of staff relations
in the Bank, is one of the reasons Kim should not be trusted for the
“It takes more than just academic
brilliance to handle sensitive issues like human relations in the Bank.
This would have been better handled by Okonjo-Iweala, if the US had
“The embarrassment the administration
has caused the Bank, would have been avoided, with Okonjo-Iweala at the
helm of affairs. She is no stranger to the Bank.
“Okonjo-Iweala who has worked as the
Bank’s Managing Director, would have understood the inner workings of
the Bank, better than an outsider. The Obama administration can still
undo this error, by sticking to reason in the future”