Finance Minister, Okonjo-Iweala, has now responded to the 50-question homework given her by the House committee on finance.
On December 19, 2013, members of the House of Representatives Committee on Finance gave Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, 50 questions on Nigeria’s current economic situation.
The committee asked her to respond within two weeks. That ultimatum expired on January 2.
This Thursday morning, she made public her answers to the questions.
The presentation of the questions to the minister had sparked controversy between the minister and the House committee.
There was drama with an exclusive video, sourced by PREMIUM TIMES showing the minister initially making jest of the lawmakers after they informed her of their decision to hand her the 50-question homework.
The video indicates that the controversial meeting started on a warm note with exchanges of pleasantries between the executive team, led by Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala (and including the Director General of the Budget Office, Bright Okogwu) and the lawmakers led by the committee chairman, Abdulmumini Jibrin.
Despite starting on a good note, the meeting, which centred around the 2014 budget earlier presented by the minister to the House and the Senate, degenerated when the lawmakers told the finance minister not to respond to their questions on that day after she said she was ‘feeling ill’.
Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala said she came to the meeting ‘out of respect’ to the lawmakers as she was not healthy enough to attend.
After the presentation of the questions, however, the minister insisted she would answer the questions on that day, a request refused by the lawmakers who said they wanted her to come back when she was ‘strong and energetic.’
Read Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala’s response to the questions below:
HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE’S 50 QUESTIONS:
PROVIDES DETAILED 102-PAGE RESPONSE
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