PROFILE OF DR. GOODLUCK JONATHAN
Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s meteoric rise look peaked when he was sworn in as Nigeria President and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces in year 2010, after the demise of President Umar Musa Yar’adua, who he served as Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, between 2007 and 2010.
In keeping with his name – Goodluck – he is sometimes regarded as one of the luckiest men in Nigerian politics. Goodluck Jonathan having announced his presence in the national political landscape in by rising rapidly from his post as Deputy Governor of the oil-rich state of Bayelsa in 1999, Jonathan, became Governor of the state, from where he was nominated as Vice Presidential candidate of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2006.
After a landslide victory at the polls, he was sworn in 29 May 2007 as Vice President to President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. He held on to that position until 9 Februry, 2009, when he was endorsed by the National Assembly as Acting President to fill the vacuum left behind by Yar’Adua’s abrupt trip abroad for medical checkup to douse the rising tension in the country.
His recent victory over former Vice-President and former Presidential Candidate of the Action Congress in 2007 general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, picked as the consensus candidate of the North for 2011 general elections in Nigeria was an icing to the cake of Goodluck Jonathan rising political profile.
Goodluck Jonathan was born on 20 November, 1957, to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Ebele Jonathan, a family of canoe makers, in Otueke, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State and was amply endowed with intelligence, strength and tact right from childhood, even though his parents were of a humble social background.
Young Goodluck started his primary education at St. Stephen Primary School (now State School – Otuoke) and later proceeded to St Michael Primary School – Oloibiri where he passed his First School Leaving Certificate. In 1971, the young lad furthered his studies at Mater Dei High School – Imiringi and sat for the West African School Certificate in 1975 and passed with flying colours.
Goodluck Jonathan was identified to be a great child right from his tender age because of his attributes and rare disposition. No wonder, his paternal grandmother “nicknamed” him “Azikiwe” as a striking simile to the great Zik to connote another great Nigerian to come in the nearest future.
In his secondary school days, Goodluck was appointed Class Prefect in class three in 1973, and later made Secretary to the School Food Committee, because of his brilliant disposition. And in his class four and five, he was again appointed Masterson House Prefect while his fellow prefects unanimously elected him as Chairman of the Committee of Prefects.
With his sparkling performance and enduring milieu, young Goodluck soon secured a job as a Preventive Officer in the Department of Customs and Excise where he was between 1975 and 1977.
His dogged quest for more knowledge in the academics prompted him to enroll as a pioneer student in the department of Zoology at the then newly established University of Port Harcourt, in 1977 and graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons.) Second Class (Upper Division) in 1981. As a Youth Corper, he served Nigeria devotedly between 1981 and 1982 as a classroom teacher in Community Secondary School Iresi – Oyo State (now Osun State). After the mandatory service, Goodluck Jonathan was invited for a teaching appointment by the old Rivers State Civil Service Commission in 1982, however, because of his brilliant and intimidating performance at the interview, he was appointed a Science Inspector of Education in the Ministry of Education.
Dr. Goodluck Jonathan always knew that he had a bond with the academia that he cannot dispute. Hence, he soon left the mainstream Civil Service for the College of Education where he took up an appointment as a lecturer in the Department of Biology in November 1983. Again, because of his disciplined nature and dedication to duty, he was elected as the Representative of Congress in the Senior Staff Appointments and Promotions Committee. A position he held till he voluntarily left the College in 1993. To equip himself firmly ahead of the foresighted challenges, he enrolled again for a Post Graduate programme in the University of Port Harcourt.
He bagged a well-deserved Master of Science (M.Sc.) Degree in Hydro-Biology and Fisheries Biology and Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology in 1985 and 1995 respectively.
In furtherance of his career, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan later picked an appointment as an Assistant Director in the defunct Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission (OMPADEC), in March 1993 and was deployed to the Directorate of Environmental Protection and Pollution Control where he directed the affairs of the Environmental Protection Sub-Department.
Dr. Jonathan is a member of various professional bodies, including the Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON); Fellow, International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA); Fellow, Public Administrators of Nigeria (PAN), and he was also awarded the prestigious Honorary Fellowship of the Nigerian Environmental Society, following his strides and contributions towards Environmental Management.
While serving as the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, his dedication to service, eventful life devoted entirely to humanity and monumental achievements as an accomplished leader earned him the “Best Performing Deputy Governor Award in the Federation in 2002” by the Institute of Public Administration of Nigeria (IPAN); “Exemplary Leadership Quality and Good Governance Award” by the National Association of Women in Education Development in July 2003, and in further recognition of his dedication to service, the NUJ Abuja Council conferred on him a prestigious Honorary Award for Democracy and Good Governance.
Known as a humane administrator, amazingly simple minded personality, well loved by his people, friends and colleagues, Jonathan ventures into the dicey and precarious murky water of Nigerian politics in 1998, a move nobody ever expected.
Nevertheless, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan saw the need to boost the socio-economic with political interest of the common man as well as bridge the lacuna of rural/urban dichotomy of his people through the provisions of social infrastructure. Hence, he took to politics in the Fourth Republic and pitched tent with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He was picked as the running mate to the Party’s flag bearer Chief D.S.P. Alamieyeseigha. The duo emerged victorious at the polls in the 1999 gubernatorial election, and so, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan became the first Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State.
After a successful tenure, which ended May 2003, Dr. Jonathan repeated the feat where he led Chief D.S.P. Alamieyeseigha Campaign machinery popularly called ALAMCO, and the duo won the gubernatorial elections again in 2003. Through providence, Jonathan was promoted and sworn-in as Governor of one of the richest regions in Africa, Bayelsa State, after the State Governor – Chief Diepreye S. P. Alamieyeseigha – was indicted by Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on corruption charges in 2006 and subsequently impeached by the legislators of the State House of Assembly.
Just as his tenure was coming to an end in Bayelsa State, good luck beamed Jonathan again, as he was surprisingly announced as the running mate to PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Umar Musa Yar’adua for the 2007 general elections. The selection of Jonathan stunned many as he was not on the bookmakers’ radar at that period.
On 13 January 2010, a Federal High Court handed him the power to carry out state affairs to allow President Umar Musa Yar’adua, who left the country on 23 November 2009, without official provision for anyone to assume his duties, receive medical treatment in a Saudi Arabian Hospital.
Following the national altercation, which broke out due to former President Umaru Yar’Adua’s controversial medical trip to Saudi Arabia, a motion from the Nigerian Senate on 9 February 2010 confirmed his powers to act as President, with all the accompanying powers, until when and if Yar’Adua returned to full health. Nigerian Constitution requires a written letter from the President stating he is unable to serve or that the cabinet sends a medical team to examine him but this provision has not apparently been fulfilled leaving some doubts as to the constitutionality of the action. The power transfer was called a “coup without the word” by opposition lawyers and lawmakers, yet ending 78 days of power vacuum in the oil-rich nation.
Though President Yar’adua returned to Nigeria on 24 February 2010, insinuations were rife that he was not fit enough to carry out his duties as the President of the nation, Jonathan thus continued as Acting President and was later sworn in as President on 6 May 2010, upon Alhaji Umar Musa Yar’adua’s death on 5 May, 2010.
Dr. Jonathan is a man well recognized for his cluster of achievements and immense contributions to the polity, communal liberalism, growth, and general welfare of the people of his area. One significant feat that has endeared Goodluck Jonathan to the Ogbia people is the peace he has brought to the politics of that region. At the inception of this Fourth Republic, the political activities were characterized with extreme violence and chaos. But he doggedly advocated for politics without rancour or violence and in his usual peaceful disposition without bitterness, Ogbia political silhouette is not only stable and homogenous but one of the most violent free clan in Nigeria today.
Beyond these, he is a humble man, dearly loved and respected. He has remained in the consciousness of his friends and contemporaries, as a builder of human social bridges. He is a teacher, technocrat, a democrat, a man of transparent honesty and humility; a perfect gentleman, a tender loving husband and an unshakable believer in the unity, not only of Ogbia clan but also of Nigeria.
Dr. Goodluck Ebele Azikwe Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is happily married to Mrs. Patience Faka Jonathan. The nuptial union is blessed with two children.
AREMO OLUSIJI BALOGUN
A Man of Destiny
Oluwasijibomi Gideon Balogun was born on 8 September, 1972. He is an Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management in Nigeria among others. He is the Founder of Ase Youth Association, among other organisations. His company Promec Innovative Concepts was a child of necessity when his attempt to register Prince Royal Media Concept (Promec) at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) met a brick wall.
He is a media guru and an organizational growth and business development expert with adaptable skills. He is able to use own initiative or work as part of a team. An efficient and effective Human Resources Manager, community worker, excellent communicator at all levels within and outside organizations; he has good problem solving and analytical skills with pioneering spirit. Specific interests include teaching and learning for new product development, business development, participatory social activities, keen insight into the needs of others and with high energy, initiative and focus, proven leadership skills including managing and motivating others to achieve objectives. An effective community and social worker, he is fluent with information technology and capable of handling executive assignments and leadership. Other qualities include being positive with potential ideas, he has the ability to work with anyone under any condition or situation and contribute greatly to achieving the best goals of the establishment.
Born in Ondo town to the family of Samuel Olusegun Balogun and Mrs Grace Remilekun Balogun, both retired. He was raised up with strong Christian virtue.
He had his early education at St. Luke’s Primary School, Akure but finished at Muslim Primary School, Ikaram Akoko, all in Ondo State, where he obtained the First School Leaving Certificate. Olusiji Balogun subsequently earned his West African Senior School Certificate in 1990 after attending Omoluorogbo Grammar School, Akure before proceeding to Ala Community Comprehensive High School, at Ala-Elefosan, Idanre Local Government Area of Ondo State. He also attended Institute of Journalism and Nigerian Institute of Journalism, (NIJ), Akure Campus for his Diploma in Journalism and Public Relations, after a sojourn at Federal University of Akure (FUTA) briefly in the Institute of Science Laboratory Technology. He also attended Akwa-Ibom Polytechnic, for his Higher National Diploma in Business Administration. He later proceeded to Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma. Edo State. for his Bachelor of Science in Public Administration. He is an Associate Member of various professional bodies.
After he left school, he started working as a freelance Journalist and Printer. He started Eminent Leaders Magazine in 1996 and registered Prince Royal Media Concepts with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), in 1999 which he upgraded to Eminent Leaders World Communications Limited publisher of Eminent Leaders magazine.
He worked with several organisations. He was Technical Assistant to the Managing Director of Quarry Managers Company in Abuja, headed by the late Abdulhakeem Amao. He was Special Event Manager with ITAD/MotMacdonald/PWC in Calabar and Water Supply and Sanitation Reform Programme (WSSRP) in Abuja. Both projects under the Integrated Water Resource Management European Commission. He also had a stint with Hatlab Delight as a Business Development Manager and Head of Administration, O.T. Otis Engineering Limited and resigned his appointment with Successory Nigeria Limited, Abuja, as Head of Project Management, in year 2019 to move his outfit forward.
Olusiji Balogun experience in politics is vast. His team helped installed Olusegun Agagu, Olusegun Mimiko as Ondo State Governors. He was the nucleus of Olusegun Mimiko Campaign Organisation for his second term when he was Editor of Grassroots Vanguard Newspaper of Grassroots Network.
His experience in administration is versed as he is an Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), Full Member Institute of Professional Administrators and Managers (IPMA) and many other professional bodies. He is a partner in many companies and Chief Executive Officer of Promec Innovative Entrepreneurship and Science Academy (PIESA) and several other firms.
FG trains unemployed graduates in Delta under GIS
The Federal Ministry of Finance, through its Graduate Internship Scheme has trained about 50 Graduates inDelta State at a training titled “Orientation and Employability Skills Training”.
Mr Dennis Chukwu, Director Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS), Federal Ministry Finance, on Monday said that the ministry would train over 50 unemployed graduates under the scheme in Delta State.
Mr. Chukwu said the GIS was developed to enhance the employability of up to 50,000 (by 2015) unemployed graduates in the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT through internship programs in pre-selected institutions; reduce the vulnerability of unemployed graduates; build manpower base towards attaining national development operations and provide income supplement and a social safety net for unemployed graduates.
Mrs Ifejiako representing the Director GIS, while addressing the participants in Asaba during the opening ceremony, said that the programme was to train universities and polytechnics graduates on skills acquisition.
She said that the Federal Government was committed to empowering the youth in the area with skills acquisition for job creation in the country as he decried the current unemployment rate in the country, describing it as unacceptable.
Saying that in view of its prospect for skills building and job creation, the scheme has developed special programmes for non-oil sector. GIS has entered into special partnerships with government and non-governmental organisations to have graduates trained, mentored and supported in areas such as non-oil export trade, ICT, agriculture, community health, construction, financial inclusion, amongst others.
She reiterated that many of the interns are currently part of these partnerships and the Directorate is happy with the positive feedbacks it is receiving from some of the employers, as she maintained that the only key to solve unemployment problem could only be through concerted effort by all the stakeholders.
Basically, the internship programme is to prepare the graduates for the job market, in the quest for job search. “The interns had been placed in reputable private and public organisations for the period of 12 months where they were trained on various skills and paid monthly stipend of N30,000 and above.”
She said many graduates have used the GIS platofrom to distinguish themselves in their places of work. in the face of obvious challenges they have defied the odds against them to be true representatives of their families, their communities, the organization where they worked and the country at large.
She also said the objective of the Prepare interns exiting from scheme on opportunities for wealth creation in different sectors of the Nigerian economy; Guide them on strategies for enhanced job creation or employment; Expose interns to opportunities in cooperative system in mobilizing funds for business start-ups and sources of funding.
The programme is also designed to help interns in the place of networking and partnership; Enterprise establishment and development of business plans and Financial literacy and management.
Fundamentally, the training seeks to economically empower the unemployed graduates through conscious engagement and development of entrepreneurial capacities. In an attempt to rightly position the interns to take full advantage of the intervention, the Exit Training was held at the Conference Hall of Southgate Hotel, Asaba, Delta State.
The Lead Facilitator, Aremo Olusiji Balogun of Successory Nigeria Limited therefore, admonished participants to take the training very serious by following the instruction and the basic rules with a view to getting the best.
He said that nobody would give them what they wanted unless they worked towards their own set agenda and goals as he urged the participants to use the knowledge gained to be self-reliant and contribute their quota to national development.
A representative of one of the partnering firm Barr. Jude Itedjere also urged the Federal Government not to relent in its efforts towards making our graduates employable especially through the GIS Scheme as most employers are reluctant to employing green horns but those with qualities and skills. He praised the FG for the initiative and pray that the programme will be expanded to cater for more graduates.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala -Profile,about her,family and work.
Ngozi okonjo iweala A princess born into a family of well educated Nigerian Royals on 13th day of June 1954, she hails from Delta State of Nigeria,
and spent the early years of her life living with her grand parents while her parents studied abroad. Upon the return of her parents she moved with them to Ibadan, South west of Nigeria where her parents worked with the then University College of Ibadan now University of Ibadan. She latter attended the girls school in Enugu and add a long break due to the civil war in Nigeria. She completed her secondary education at St Annes College in Ibadan.
Though the civil war disrupted her education it did not slow her down, she passed her a levels in with good grades and got admitted into Harvard University to study Economics. Leaving the shores of the country Ngozi Okonjo Iweala performed expectionally well in school and Graduated with good grades. She has a PHD from MIT the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala at the World Bank
Her first experience in the World Bank came through her internship program where she got the first experience of the institution and upon graduation she applied for the young professionals program of the world bank and was absorbed to the team of the world bank elites.
She continued there with a 21-year career as a development economist at the World Bank, where she held the post of Vice President and Corporate Secretary. This included two tours of duty (six years) working in the East Asia Region, the last tour (1997-2000) as Country Director Malaysia, Mongolia, Laos and Cambodia during the East Asian financial crisis; two duty tours in the Middle East Region, the last (2000-2003) as Director, Operations (deputy vice-president) of the region. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala also served as Director of Institutional Change and Strategy (1995-1997). In this post she assisted with the implementation of the Bank’s reform agenda. From 1989 to 1991 she was Special assistant to the Senior Vice President, Operations, an assignment that enabled participation in high level policy formulation and discussions for countries as diverse as China and Burkina Faso.
She left twice to serve as Finance Minister of Nigeria, under the dispensation of president Olusegun Obasanjo and president Goodluck Jonathan, came back in between the two presidents term in office to be the Managing Director of the World Bank. Currently she is been tipped to be the President of the World Bank, she received backing from South Africa, Brazil and Scholars like Harvard Professor Pritchett, there might be backing from China and India if they would vote based on merit.
She unsuccessfully ran for the World Bank Presidency, though she was the preferred and most qualified choice the US backed candidate won, she however sets precedence for other contestant to challenge the status quo.
As Finance Minister in the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Following her role as Vice President in the World Bank the Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo asked her to be the Finance Minister of the country. The president was impressed with the brief on economic reforms he requested from her and asked her to serve as the Minister of Finance. The position she held between 2003 and 2006,during this period she had a short stint as the Minister of foreign affairs.
As a Minister of Finance she heads a team which is responsible for the economic reforms policy in Nigeria.
She initiated the practice of publishing allocations from to the Federal government to each states in the country.
She was instrumental to boosting Nigeria’s credit rating from Fitch and Standard and Poor’s to BB minus.
She headed a team that renegotiated the cancellation of US $18 billion about 60 percent of Nigeria’s external debt with the Paris Club which includes a juicy buyback to wipes the countries debt and reduces it indebtness to $5 Billion.
After her resignation as Minister of Finance she founded NOI Consulting and also co founded Makeda Funds with SEAF. The Fund was designed to help and support small business in emerging markets. She left NOI consulting to serve as Managing Director of the World Bank. After a while she was called to serve again has the Finance Minister of Nigeria by President Goodluck Jonathan a post she still holds till date.
Recently she has been tipped and nominated for the world bank presidency a position that has been held since inception by a US candidate. If elected she will be the first female president of the bank and also the first non-US candidate. Though she has declined interest she is the best candidate so far, having been a Finance Minister of Nigeria and also a Managing Director at the World bank.
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala’s contribution and works
She brought to the forefront the issue of Corruption and need for transparency and accountability in African Countries. She Joined Brooks a private not for profit research and innovative policy solution organization as a distinguished visiting fellow, where she would be working on three key areas within the global economy and development program:
- The Wolfensohn Centre for Development, led by Johannes Linn
- The Global Health Financing Initiative, recently launched with a Gates Foundation grant
- The Transparency and Accountability Project. The health and transparency projects are led by Senior Fellow David de Ferranti.
She has an academic piece published by Africa World Press in 2003, The Debt Trap in Nigeria: Towards a Sustainable Debt Strategy. Co-edited with Charles C. Soludo and Mansur Muhtar.
A biography of renowned and respected author. Chinua Achebe: Teacher of Light: Co-authored with Tijan Sallah.
TIMES Europe –Hero 2004
Euromoney Magazine – Global Finance Minister of the year 2005
Financial Times/The Banker African Finance Minister 2005
Honorary Doctorate Degrees
Brown University, Providence, RI, USA.
Colby College, Maine, USA.
Amherst College, Amherst, MA, USA.
Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland.
Northern Caribbean University, Mandeville, Jamaica.
She is fond of her family, and has Four Children, three boys and a girl. Her Husband who is also her childhood sweetheart is a surgeon. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is not only a professional who knows her onion but also a true ambassador of Africa. She is mostly seen wearing her traditional attires.
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