Latest News in Nigeria-President Goodluck Jonathan has said the newly sworn-in Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and other professionals in his cabinet pulled from the Diaspora will not be paid in foreign currencies.
The president disclosed this in his remarks on Wednesday shortly after the swearing-in of Okonjo-Iweala as Finance Minister in the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“Let me also thank other ministers brought in from the Diaspora, we know it is quiet challenging to move from developed countries to Nigeria.
“The question sometimes asked, and I know for Ngozi it is quiet embarrassing, is that when she accepted to serve, it was in the media that she gave conditions to be paid in dollars.
“Let me formally announce to Nigerians that she accepted to serve just like any other minister and indeed others who came from the Diaspora have not asked us for dollar salary.
“They are going to receive salary and allowances like others in the cabinet. They are coming to serve the country and are not coming because of their personal aggrandisement,” he said.
Jonathan also explained that he invited the former World Bank Managing Director to serve in his cabinet not just as Finance Minister, but to coordinate all economic activities of the Federal Government and by extension all the states.
He disclosed that the Finance Minister will henceforth coordinate the Federal Government Economic Management Team comprising 24 members with the President as the Chairman and the Vice President as the Vice Chairman- source-NAN