Tuesday 19 May 2015

Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Bags Honorary Award

Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on Tuesday, was awarded as an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at Yale University, one of United States’ most prestigious institutions of higher learning,

The university, which had in the past honored some African leaders, including the Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, presented the award to Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala during her 2015 Commencement Ceremony in New Haven, Connecticut, on Monday.

The Minister is only the second Nigerian in the university’s 314-year history to receive its highest honour after Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, was conferred with a similar award in 1980.

The President of the University, Peter Salovey, while presenting the award to Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala, described her as “a brilliant reformer and dedicated public servant, who has spearheaded efforts to stabilize and grow Nigeria’s economy, battling widespread government corruption and creating greater fiscal transparency and discipline”.

This is coming despite criticisms for presiding over a declining economy ravaged by poverty and corruption.

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