Momoh, Rhodes support call for Okonjo-Iweala’s resignation

A Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Prince Tony Momoh has described the recent call by the Governor Chibuike Amaechi-led Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) as a wake up call for all Nigerians to be interested in the way the Nigerian economy is being run by the current administration.
In a telephone interview, the former national chairman of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) noted that the NGF though does not have constitutional backing; its views on national issues should not be ignored since it operates like a trade union.
His words, “The Amaechi led NGF was speaking for Nigerians even though the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) does not have a constitutional role. However, they operate like a trade union and can exchange their opinion on any matter of national importance.
“Thy have called the finance Minister to resign and she said she will not resign. They have the right to call for her resignation but cannot enforce it. In a democracy, there is freedom of expression of what you agree on and what you do not agree on. However, we should learn to accommodate other people’s views regardless of where it is coming from.”
Also reacting to the call, Chief Banco Rhodes, a public affairs analyst and member of the Nigeria Advance Party (NAP) lamented that the Nigerian economy has not fared any better under the current Finance Minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala.
According to him, you cannot be driving an economic growth and yet there is economic depression all over the country, a development he insisted must be changed.
“Well, the truth is that you cannot drive an economic growth and yet there is economic depression all over the place. The call is right even though coming from Amaechi who himself is a culprit of the economic woes of Nigeria. I am of the opinion that Amaechi is right. There is nothing wrong with the call. People should rather look at the issues raised for which the call was made; whether they are true or not,” he said.
It would be recalled that the NGF led by the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi rose from its meeting on Tuesday night and demanded the resignation of the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, if she could not comply strictly with the 2013 Appropriation Act.
The Forum also canvassed the immediate disbanding of the Economic Management Team.
The Forum expressed concern in the management of the economy by the Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister of the Economy and called for a strict adherence to the Appropriation Act, 2013, failing which she should resign.
It observed that the National Economic Council is constitutionally responsible for the management of the economy and should be used for that purpose as opposed to the Economic Management Team constituted by the Presidency.

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