Former president, Goodluck Jonathan has expressed his excitement at the appointment of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as a senior adviser in Lazard, a United States investment bank, and GAVI, also an international organisation.
Jonathan further noted that her role in his government spurred the appointments while crediting her for the launch of the treasury single account in the country.
“I have no doubt in my mind that you would excel in the two assignments, given your past record of excellent service both in Nigeria and internationally,” Jonathan’s congratulatory message on Tuesday read.
“Through your vision, the nation was able to implement some rewarding reforms in public financial management including the launch of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) to boost dwindling revenue, as well as the introduction of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), which eliminated thousands of ghost workers from the public service system.
“I am encouraged by the fact that your responsibilities in the new positions fall within your familiar career purview of strengthening institutions, building systems and advising countries on structuring their finances and dealing with debt issues.
“I believe that this record of high performance in my government weighed heavily in your favour and helped put you on top of the list, during the man-hunt and competitive international search process to fill these positions.
“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,” the ex-President said.