Nigeria’s former two-time Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has declared that she is ready to take up the job of President of the World Bank, if she is nominated.
It would be recalled that current President, Jim Yong Kim, announced his sudden resignation from the job earlier this month about three years ahead of the end of his tenure.
Okonjo-Iweala, a former senior World Bank official, contested for the position against Kim in 2012 and is considered a front runner in the race.
Okonjo-Iweala, who spoke to Richard Quest of the CNN on Thursday on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, said that many people had been asking if she would take the job.
She however declared that she would run but only under the right conditions.
“I know that because I contested the last time in 2012… Many people were asking that question. It is a shareholders’ decision and they have to decide how they want it. Someone has to nominate. If the right person were to nominate, and if the circumstances are right and people feel I can do the job, yes!”
When asked if she has declared her candidacy, Okonjo-Iweala said: “No, I have not declared my candidacy, you asked a hypothetical question and I answered it fairly. I’m very happy right now, and I just want you to know that I’m enjoying life for a change for a portfolio of what I like.”
According to the website of the World Bank, to choose a president candidates are nominated by the executive directors of the bank. Then a shortlist is compiled and a winner is picked by the bank’s board.
The presidency of the World Bank has exclusively gone to Americans in the entire 73-year history of the bank.
Okonjo-Iweala’s candidature in 2012 was the first time a challenge was mounted to the United States nominee in the institution’s history.
She, outgoing president, Jim Kim and Jose Antonio Ocampo, Columbian finance minister were considered the three top contenders for the job in 2012.
JAMB reveals how 2019 UTME will be conducted
Ahead of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB), said the board has introduced new innovations for successful conduct of 2019 UTME.
NAN reports that Oloyede made this known in Abuja on Monday at the meeting of critical stakeholders on strategic planning and preparations for supervision and evaluation of administration of 2019 UTME slated to hold between April 11 and April 15.
He said a robust item backed with appropriate safeguard had been developed by moving toward open examination with one million questions per subject which would soon be effected.
“A separate indicator had also been created for the deaf (mute) to differentiate them for special attention at the examination centre. Efforts are on to provide option of special centres or mainstreaming for the blind.
“We now have live report on centres that registered any candidate, the time the candidate was registered, who registered the candidate, computer system used, the location of registration.
“All these are done through our enhanced monitoring system. I want to warn candidates expected to sit for its examination to ensure their biometrics were taken and verified or risk sitting for the examination,’’ he said.
He called on candidates to comply with the rules of engagement governing the registration and examination of the UTME.
According to him, biometric verification will be the only mode for admittance of candidates into the examination centres.
He added that increasing threat of identity fraud during the UTME before the advent of BVM necessitated its introduction for capturing the biometrics of candidates to counter fraud.
“Any candidate that cannot be verified by the Biometric Verification Mode (BVM) must not be allowed to take the examination under any guise.
“All candidates whose fingerprints could not be captured during registration from centres across the country were brought to JAMB Headquarters and were registered appropriately.
“In other words, exemption mode is not allowed for any candidate. Therefore, no biometric verification, no examination,” Oloyede warned.
The registrar added that the use of email/password would not be allowed by cyber cafe operators as it had now been classified as an offence for cyber cafe to ask for password before rendering services.
Oloyede said the board held an international round-table on cheating devices in December 2017 where various technology devices used for examination further said that Automated Teller Machine (ATM) was added to the list of prohibited items during its examinations.
He said other items prohibited are wristwatches, recorders, earpieces, mobile phones, Bluetooth devices, smart lenses, erasers, smart buttons and spy reading glasses, among others.
The registrar said the board had approved the use of 708 Computer Based Test (CBT) centres across the country for the conduct of the examination.
He noted that the names of impersonators in the last 10 years would soon be published to serve as deterrent to others, adding added that about 1.99 million candidates had registered for the examination.
He called on the candidates to ensure they comply with the rules and regulations of the examinations
LEO COMR JOLAS SWORN-IN AS THE NEW CHAIRMAN OF THE ENGINEERING FACULTY AMIDST HIGH HOPES AND ENCOMIUM
It was a spotlight to a new dawn and Victory to resounding Commitment to the Progress of the Engineering Faculty of the Federal Polytechnic Ede Osun State, As one of the Notable, viable, Prominent and Vibrant Comrade/Leaders of the Faculty of Engineering was Sworn-In As The Chairman of Engineering Family.
The Engineering Family is known to be an avenue that binds and bond all Students of the Faculty Together. It is known as the Highest Decision Making Platform of the Faculty.
Leo Comr JOLAS a Student of The Department of Civil Engineering was once a presidential Aspirant of the Student Union and a prominent Stakeholder in the Faculty.
We wish him a successful and hitch-free tenure.
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