Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Minister of Finance and World Bank presidential candidate on Monday in Abuja said that the U.S, candidate for the post would win.
Okonjo-Iweala’s comments came few hours before the 25-man executive board of directors of the bank met in Washington to decide who gets the post.
She told a packed audience at the Nicon Luxury Hotel in Abuja, at the presentation of the 2012 budget, that the selection of a World Bank president was not based on merit. “I want people to know what is happening and that is that they are voting. “This thing is not really being decided on merit, it is voting with political weights and shares and therefore the U.S. will get it,’’ she said.
The audience chorused “no’’ as the minister declared this. “I know all of you are praying that a miracle happens and we all believe in God almighty, but God has also given us common sense to know that they are going to use their weight to get it. 'But don’t worry as Mr President said we have won, we have already declared victory,’’ the minister said. “We have made the process (for electing the World Bank president) different, it will never ever be the same again. “We have shown that we can contest this thing and Africa can produce people capable of running the entire architecture (of the Bank),’’ she added.
America’s Jim Yong Kim won over Nigeria's Okonjo-Iweala.
Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Dr. Jim Yong Kim
About The New World Bank President- Dr. Jim Yong Kim
“Dr. Jim Yong Kim is currently President of Dartmouth College. A U.S. national, Dr. Kim is a co-founder of Partners in Health (PIH) and a former director of the Department of HIV/AIDS at the World Health Organization (WHO). Before assuming the Dartmouth presidency, Dr. Kim held professorships at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. He also served as chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and director of the François Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health.
“Dr. Kim was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship (2003), was named one of America’s “25 Best Leaders” by US News & World Report (2005), and was selected as one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” (2006). He was elected in 2004 to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences—one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine—for his professional achievements and commitment to service. He has published widely over the past two decades, authoring or co-authoring articles for leading academic and scientific journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, and Science.
“Born in 1959 in Seoul, South Korea, Dr. Kim moved with his family to the United States at the age of five and grew up in Muscatine, Iowa. Dr. Kim graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1982. He earned a medical doctorate from Harvard Medical School in 1991 and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Harvard University in 1993. He is married to Dr. Younsook Lim, a pediatrician. The couple has two young sons”.