The Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said Wednesday, that she was not contemplating resignation and would concentrate on her job of managing the nation’s economy for the common good of Nigerians.
The seven governors who are opposed to the Alhaji Bamanga Tukur-led People’s Democratic party, PDP, had Tuesday night called for the resignation of the minister, considered as one of the most valuable members of President Goodluck Jonathan’s cabinet.
Dr. Okonjo-Iweala made her stand on the issue known at a briefing, in Abuja, where she gave a load down on the performance of the economy.
The minister who was asked by a journalist whether or not she would resign as demanded by the governors had this to say, ‘that doesn’t arise. I am not here for those kind of issues. I am Minister of Finance for the country. I am working with President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and I will just do my job.
‘This (briefing) is not to address that kind of issue. All of you are Finance correspondents and I call you from time to time I have this kind of press conference and I share with you what is happening in the economy. That is what I am doing. So aim not answering to that and as you see me here do I look any close to resignation? I ‘de kampe”.
‘So don’t worry about. We should stop talking about political issues here. The economy should be managed for the good of Nigerians. That is why we are here. Let’s face facts of the economy. I have given you facts about the economy. I have given you roads built; agric jobs created increase in production, you can go and check for yourself so that we can focus on facts’.