By Chi Ibe
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s father, Professor Chukwuka Okonjo, recently told PM News he was unhappy with the present attack she is being subjected to because of her ‘principled stand on the issue of removal of subsidy from petroleum products’.
According to him, her decision to serve the country was a sacrifice she had accepted to take to save the country from economic crisis.
He insisted that nobody can intimidate heras she would forever stand firm on her convictions about the evils of oil subsidy.
“Who is ultimately benefitting from the oil subsidy? Is it the acclaimed common man or the well-to-do people? Of course you and I know that the main beneficiary of the oil subsidy is the rich people. So, they are fighting tooth and nail to ensure that it is not removed. Ngozi has a noble ideal and she is bold enough to fight for something she is convinced is good for her fatherland. No amount of threat or intimidation will deter her,” said the Obi of Ogwashi-Uku, a community in the Anioma axis of Delta State.
Obi Okonjo lamented what he called the total neglect of the rural communities as against the concentration of infrastructure and other amenities in the cities. He condemned the country’s policy makers’ adoption of the British principle of placing premium on the development of major cities to the detriment of the rural communities.