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Okonjo-Iweala: How My Life Was Threatened For Saving Nigeria $3.6bn From Scammers






(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), has stated that her life was threatened for saving Nigeria huge sums of money during the oil subsidy scam when she served as the country’s finance minister.

She disclosed this when she spoke in an interview organised by Atlantic Council, a United States think-tank on international affairs, on Tuesday.

According to her, during Obasanjo’s administration, she worked to ensure renegotiation of Nigeria’s debt in the international community.

She stated that Nigeria was indebted by $30 billion to the Paris Club with a debt service of $2 billion a year, of which the country could only pay $1 billion.

She stated that the country’s debt was later systematized with the help of good reforms.

The former minister stated that during Jonathan’s administration, her effort was directed at tackling corruption and improving the financial system with the use of technology.

She said: “And just by having an integrated financial management system, we were able to cut down on the phenomenon of ghost workers, you know where people used to put additional people on the payroll in the ministries, ghost pensioners, because ghost workers will graduate to ghost pensioners, and so we got rid of that and saved $1.1 billion for the government.



“So that is, we were fighting other types of corruption. We had an oil subsidy system in which we used to pay marketers.

“Oil marketers who brought in refined oil, you know, we paid them the difference between the market price, and the subsidized price that the government was mandated for selling oil to people.

“And so, that was when I came the second time. This was a big problem. When I left government the first time in 2006, these subsidies were about $2 billion, when I came back, the first thing we noticed was that it had grown to $11 billion.

“So, I asked President Jonathan that we could audit the oil accounts which he fully supported. When we audited, $8.5 billion of the accounts, we found $2.5 billion of fraudulent claims and with his backing, we refused to pay that to the marketers and that led to a series of problems, which I won’t bore you with, including threats to my life.

“My mother being kidnapped for five days was one of the worst periods of my life and it was a very tough period.

“But, that being said, I think the privilege of serving my country as finance minister for several years, to being able to work on some reforms is one of the best things I’ve ever done.”


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