Reps Slam Okonjo-Iweala For Grandstanding Over 50 Questions

NOI-house-of-Reps-480x300The House of Representatives on Thursday called on the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to throw in the towel if she could no longer endure the heat that went with holding a public office.

The lower chamber noted that the minister’s response to the 50 questions on the state of the economy was unsatisfactory and portrayed her as a combative public officer, who felt that she was superior to the legislature.

The House called on her to quit honourably rather than attempting to engage the legislature with “gutter” tactics.

The Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Victor Ogene, who reacted on behalf of the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, and the entire House in Abuja on Thursday, noted that her “grandstanding” would not derail the resolve of the lawmakers to expose corruption in public service.

Part of Ogene’s reaction reads, “In this season of government by letter-writing, the House of Representatives would not allow itself to be entangled in a gutter brawl; rather it will remain focussed on one of its core mandate of exposing corruption, inefficiency or waste in the execution or administration of laws within its legislative competence, as guaranteed by Section 88 (2) (b) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.

“Indeed, whosoever is unable to take the heat in this regard is free to honourably leave the kitchen”.

The House also frowned at the approach adopted by the minister in responding to the House questions, observing that Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala was more interested in playing political drama than responding to all the questions with “facts and figures”.

The House expressed surprise that she chose to publicize her response on the pages of newspapers while the House was on recess thereby exposing her intention to “play to the gallery” and seeking to confuse Nigerians with high-sounding economic terms.

Ogene stated, “From her response, you would see who clearly is playing to the gallery.

“If a committee of the House has requested you to provide information which in most cases ought to be handled with circumspection; this is an interaction between you and the House and your response, the first thing you did, while the House is still on recess is to publicise it.

“Then the Nigerian people should now know that they have a finance minister who is more interested in political drama than in the reality of addressing the Nigerian economy.

“For instance, she talks about the fact that some of the issues raised by the committee are already in the public domain and have been extensively debated by the government, journalists, civil society organisations and the private sector.

“The simple question to ask is, do you run government on the basis of debate on the pages of newspapers or in the mass media? The answer is clearly no”.

He observed that rather than reduce her answers to facts and figures, the minister’s response dealt more with “broad micro-economy policies”.

On her response to the question on job creation for instance, Ogene stated that Okonjo-Iweala was praising herself on the basis of SURE-P jobs.

6 COMMENTS

  1. My brother accept her superiority, you people wanted to try her capability and it turned to be a free lecture, why not you rep. Members accept your position as students in this subject matter and be grateful for once. Welldone madam.

  2. The minister is in a class of her own, well informed on what she is doing and of a sound mind. The house wanted to redicule her, but she just proved to them that even among equals, the best will always be found. I will advice them to go back to there study instead of making noise. Nigerians know more than they think

  3. I guess u guys got more than u asked for,a series of lectures that looked more like teaching a 6year old geometry. Rather than bury ur heads in shame u’r asking ur lecturer to resign. Plz save this nation the embarrassment and dwell on more important issues that will move us forward rather than criticize a woman who has transformed our economy making it the most vibrant in Africa. Don’t allow sentiments to becloud ur judgement.

  4. Why d noise now all u dis pako lawmakers.U guys published d questions u gav her & u were ranting then dat she should answer those questions.She reply d same way & u guys r making noise.Why d noise?I hope u dis lawmakers are not taking the Nigerian

    All dis yeye lawmakers,u beta go thru her answers & stop ranting.U published d questions & she did d answers d same way so dat we may witness it b4 u guys change it & add some things into it dat she didnt write bcos u guys are deadly.U people are taking Nigerian masses for granted we will teach u guys a lesson in dis Country dat will b a headline all over d World.I dont blame u guys bt d electorates dat gav u chance to rig.Ur days of doom r getting closer.

  5. I read the 50 ‘jamb’ questions on the internet. El Rufai posted it on his facebook page. How did it get there if somebody was not trying to make a mockery of the Minister? It was not an expo. Somebody posted it. Why should the members of HOR(who are representing themselves and not the people) shout about the minister’s answers going to the public? They want it, they got it.

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