BY DANIEL IDONOR
ABUJA—AHEAD of the arrival of Minister of Finance and Coordinator, National Economic Management Team, NEMT, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, from the World Bank to resume duties in Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday swore in two special advisers to beef up the proposed NEMT.
The new appointees, who incidentally hail from Delta State, are Prof. Nwanze Okidegbe, new Chief Economic Adviser, and Prof. Sylvester Monye, who will serve as Special Adviser, Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, PME, of Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs.
Speaking after the swearing in, President Jonathan said the administration was prepared to do everything to ensure that the economy was strengthened; stressing that a strong economy was critical to the survival and growth of the nation.
He noted that “without a strong economy, you cannot provide health services, education, roads and other social needs of the population; in fact, globally, you will not be reckoned with.”
President Jonathan told the new advisers that they were “chosen to play a key role in supporting the economic team, not for political reasons”. He added that their antecedents were also instrumental in determining their choice.
Until this appointment, Prof. Sylvester Monye was Secretary of the National Planning Commission and Economic Team, while Prof. Nwanze Okidegbe was a senior consultant with the World Bank and United Nations’ Development Programme.
While the citation of the Professor Okidegbe was not immediately made available, Professor Monye was born March 4, 1956, and hails from Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State.
He was educated at the Universities of London and Strathclyde in Glasgow; where he obtained MBA in Management Science and M.Sc in Marketing Management.
After a teaching career, where he rose through the ranks abroad, he was appointed Professor of International Business in 1999 at the University of Applied Science, Bremen, Germany.
He returned to Nigeria in 2000 and served in various capacities in the public service until 2006 when he was appointed secretary to the National Planning Commission.