"Okonjo-Iweala Gave Brother Chi-Chi-Okonjo N15m Contract Without Due Process" - Former FCT Permanent Secretary Reveals In 2004 Petition

Chi-Chi Okonjo-Iweala

Are enemies of Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala behind the allegations that while she was Minister of Finance in the government of Olusegun Obasanjo, she used her position to benefit her brother?

  In an article published by journalist Tony Eluemunor, he asserts that in 2004, a former Permanent Secretary of the Federal Capital Territory Ministry sent a petition to former President Olusegun Obasanjo a petition about Minister Nasir El-Rufai over a contract that apparently benefitted Mr. Chi-Chi Okonjo, who is the brother of Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala.

The petition revealed that Mrs. Okonjo -Iweala approved a contract for the FCT via a letter of approval for a variety of consultants including her brother's firm, Georgetown Consultancy. The later dated March 18, 2004, HMF/FMF/003 was addressed to Mallam Nasir Ahmed el-Rufai, OFR, Minister of the Federal capital Territory, saying:

“I am in receipt of your letter dated 15th March 2004 requesting an approval for a RUNNING OPEARTIONAL REVIEW ROR) on the Ministry of the Federal Capital Territory’s Operations.
In your letter you stated that a consultant would be hired to review the internal organisation processes of the FCT and the day to day finances of the FCT."

This is separate from the $50 million consultancy contracts that a WikiLeaks cable indicated involved both Ministers, to the benefit of one “Jon-Jon” Okonjo.

The petition, which Obasanjo seemed to have conveniently ignored, alleged the “unilateral engagement of contractors without conforming with due process,” that Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala and El-Rufai were part of.
In recent days, top members of the Nigerian government have sought to dismiss the corruption allegations contained in the WikiLeaks cable as the work of enemies who do not want them to do their work to save Nigeria.

President Jonathan has called the WikiLeak allegations “beer-parlour gossip.”

And dismissing as “tales by moonlight” the $50 million-consultancy-to-her-brother story, Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala bragged that she had earned a name “as a high performing public servant of impeccable integrity,” and that the story was only “another ploy by vested interests who are desperate to stop her from contributing to the realization of an improved Nigeria.”

And she promised: “They will fail again.” The pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, who is a friend of both El-Rufai and Okonjo-Iweala, has also disclosed that corruption under President Olusegun Obasanjo was worse than that of late General Sani Abacha whom that administration pursued relentlessly as corruption personified. 

Full Text of the article:

Insight Into Wikileaks Controversy and News Analysis By Tony Eluemunor

Why would Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Mr. Nasir El’Rufai so trenchantly deny that no brother of the Finance Minister’s benefitted from a contract that may not have met all requirements of due process? Why would they have done this, especially as a firm owned by Okonjo-Iweala’s brother Mr. Chi-Chi Okonjo, not only got a Federal Capital Territory Ministry contract, but more importantly, the contract became a subject of a petition from somebody of the rank of a Permanent Secretary, in year 2004?

On reading Okonjo-Iweala’s Media Aide, the ever genial and rather polished essayist Mr. Paul Ibe, attempting to tell the world that the accusations against his boss was engineered by enemies, and the second denial from El’Rufai, who attempted to reduce the grave issue to a mere laughing matter, I remembered the challenge a one-time United States of America presidential hopeful threw to the US journalists. It was in year 1988. Mr. Gary Hart, US Senator, author, commentator, lawyer and professor,   was the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination when he heard hints that he was having extra-marital affairs. Instead of lying low, he challenged American journalists to prove their allegations.
 
Well, they gave him the proof; the picture of him and his mistress, Donna Rice, terribly under-clothed, aboard his yacht, appropriately (for the business at hand) named “Monkey Business”. The revelation of that his monkey business cost him a presidency bid as he withdrew immediately – and never resurfaced again! He acquired a PhD from Oxford in 2001, and politics’ loss became a university’s gain as he earned a professorial chair in 2006.
 
...And the sophistry from both El’Rufai and Okonjo-Iweala were real challenges to Nigerian journalists – to inform the nation, not about the length and breadth and depth of the whisperings from an unnamed informant to a former American Ambassador, Mr. John Campbell, but at least whether there was a basis for such small talk. By the way, going by the recent Wikileaks reports, Campbell, unlike his successor, was not against reporting tales about both sides of the Nigerian political divide – unlike Ms. Robin Sanders who focused on tit bits about the late President Umaru Yar’Adua and his supporters only, leaving off Yar’Adua’s opponents to do the finger-pointing and tale-bearing.
 
Both El-Rufai and Okonjo-Iweala sought to give the impression that no member of Okonjo-Iweala’s immediate family benefitted from any contract whatsoever – and that they never took a compromised or even questionable or eye-brows –raising stance. But a former Permanent Secretary of the Federal Capital Territory Ministry sent a petition against El-rufai to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, which among other things had this salient complaint, on page two (2) and item five (5):
 
“Part of what has been causing friction is the unilateral engagement of contractors without conforming with due process.  For example -
 
5. (i) Georgetown Consulting – owned by Chi-Chi Okonjo, brother of Honourable Minister of Finance for N15m
(ii) Vintage Global Solutions owned by Miss Bimbo Ogunseitan, the minister’s friend for a total of sum of N9.6m. They both had been approved before the normal paperwork which amounted to damage control.

Ordinarily, it would be stupid to blame either El-Rufai or the former and re-appointed  Finance Minister if a company linked to his brother, a Nigerian and an adult would be awarded a contract, any contract, that was duly bid for and cleanly won, and perhaps without a backing, no matter how slight, from her.

This is because her brother deserves a right to earn a living just like any other person. But according to that petition to Obasanjo, with the file number of MFCT/DFA/559, the petitioner drew attention specifically to “RE- RUNNING OPERATIONAL REVIEW: MINISTRY OF THE FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY’S OPERATION” and said:

“Please permit me to draw your attention to the approval by the Honourable Minister of Finance at page 1 for the commissioning of a Firm of Consultants to carry out a Running Operational Review (ROR) on the Ministry’s operations.
 
2. Subsequently, a letter of engagement was served on the Consultants, vide page 4 of the file. Based on the letter of engagement, the consultants have demanded an initial payment of N5, 760, 00.00 (Five million, seven hundred and sixty thousand naira only) vide page 2.
3 The Consultants reported to the Department for the commencement of the Operational Review of the 22nd April 2004. (Reporter’s comment: by this time, Okonjo-Iweala was the Finance Minister). After an in-depth discussions (sic) and at their instance, they opted to commence the exercise this week. Indeed, we have had a joint meeting with the SA II to Mr. Minister on the subject matter.
4. I have assured them of the Departments maximum cooperation.
However, there is a need to put the record straight by...( the rest is no longer necessary, as the quoted part showed that the Consultants resumed work on the terms of the contract.

Now, in what way is Okonjo-Iweala involved? She sent a letter dated March 18, 2004, HMF/FMF/003, addressed to Mallam Nasir Ahmed el-Rufai, OFR, Minister of the Federal capital Territory, saying:

“I am in receipt of your letter dated 15th March 2004 requesting an approval for a RUNNING OPEARTIONAL REVIEW ROR) on the Ministry of the Federal Capital Territory’s Operations.
In your letter you stated that a consultant would be hired to review the internal organisation processes of the FCT and the day to day finances of the FCT.

2. Please accept this letter as an approval for the Running Operational Review on the request indicated above.

3. Do accept the assurances of my continued highest regard.
 
Yours Sincerely, (Signed) Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance.”
 
The FCTM acknowledgment stamp to denote date of  receipt of this letter bore the 22 March, 2004 date and just two days later El-rufai minuted to his COS (Chief of Staff) and SA I, II
“Please commission the RoR (running operations review) based on the proposal submitted by GC (reporter’s question: Georgetown Consultants?) and one other firm. Negotiate with the firm and brief me”.

Unfortunately, what this suggests is that Georgetown Consultants, owned by Chi-Chi, a brother to Okonjo-Iweala, the very Finance Minister who approved the RoR operations, got the contract before negotiations ever began!
 
There is a missing aspect of this report: and that is the outcome of the petition. Was the petition taken seriously? Did former President Olusegun Obasanjo ever set up a committee to investigate it? If so, did the report exonerate both the Minister of Finance of and Federal Capital Territory of any untoward acts?
 
This reporter has been asking such questions since 2004. So far, mum has been the word. By the way, the petition brought up other questions such as FCT Ministry’s security vote of N400m that was overspent by the end of August by N50 million. In fact, the petition raised nine issues against El-Rufai, but only one concerned an Okonjo or an Okonjo-Iweala; that addresses the question about the Finance Minister’s enemies being behind the unresolved controversy.
End.
 
Tony Eluemunor, A Fellow of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, on Ford Foundation sponsorship, was Abuja Bureau Chief for Daily Independent in 2004 – when the petition was written.

 
 

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LEGAL QUID PRO QUO BY THIEF OKONJO-IWEALA & FAMILY

PASTOR FALSE ALARM GET IT! If you are a Solicitor you should also be thinking about IMPROPER INFLUENCE, CONFLICT OF INTEREST, ABUSE OF OFFICE and Quid pro quo (Latin for scratch my back, I scratch your back). To break it down in your native language, it is EGUNJE..

When a public contract is awarded in violation of the due process regulation (just like The Thief Ngozi Okonjo Iweala did), the contract will be designated as illegal. Your idol Ngozi Okonjo Iweala COMMITTED A CRIME!! She is officially a criminal just like the rest of them. She has lost all moral authority to lead and the face to talk against corruption. What a disgrace.

She lied about it because she knew that what she did was ILLEGAL. Due process requires competitive bidding that should not be violated not only when a contract is awarded without advertisement for bidding but also when executed at an inflated price

Anaruagu THE ULTIMATE TRUTH MACHINE

AND SO ?

Whats wrong with awarding contract to her brother if she did? is he not human? the issue is not awarding contract, the question is was the contract executed as agreed?

Taking criticism to ridiculous heights

Who are all these faceless people? I sincerely think that these people are Jealous of the intimidating profile of this woman,so many of you emptying your skulls here are half baked with no sound grasp of world affairs

CRIMINAL OKONJO-IWEALA & FAMILY WRITING IN SR WITH FAKE NAMES

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and her brothers are criminals. They are writing in SR with fake names to create confusion. T they have hired “consultants” to inject ethnicity into the crime. SR you are the best corruption-fighting instrument that we have, do not allow them.

What she did includes IMPROPER INFLUENCE, CONFLICT OF INTEREST, ABUSE OF OFFICE and Quid pro quo (Latin for scratch my back, I scratch your back, EGUNJE).
When a public contract is awarded in violation of the due process regulation the contract will be designated as illegal. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala COMMITTED A CRIME!! She is officially a criminal just like the rest of them. She has lost all moral authority to lead and the face to talk against corruption.
She lied about it because she knew that what she did was ILLEGAL. Due process requires competitive bidding that should not be violated not only when a contract is awarded without advertisement for bidding but also when executed at an inflated price

The crime syndicate of OBJ

The crime syndicate of OBJ Regime is probably bigger than IBB-ABACHA'S...,you can see how many paid mercenary writers,boot-lickers and hangers-on they have on this story. If Mrs Iweala were say, US secretary of treasury where she trained and had this unanswered charges against her,she would have been long gone.IF TRUE, Steering or awarding contracts worth millions of Naira to family members without due process or claiming to pay off Billions of dollars of a nations debt without full disclosure,open and competitive bidding process and "allegedly" paying $50m as consultancy fees to family members is not only a case of conflict of interest and abuse of office,but would draw over 25years in jail in the US where she trained,former governor of Chicago is facing 30yrs-life for similar charges of political corruption,including Steering state money to a hospital and Race course he and his family had Interest in.!

Bad Belle Dey Kill All The Noise Makers!!!!!!

Those that are now accusing Okonjo-Iweala, where are they all these years? Were they sleeping? Some of the stories about Okonjo-Iweala might have been sponsored to discredit her because the spate of attacks on her is very suspicious. B4 she agreed to serve in Jonathan's govt, many people were telling her not to join his govt and now that she has joined the govt, attacks on her have taken a new dimension.

If at all she got a job for her brother, is there anything bad in that. At least she was not accused of giving her brother govt money free of charge without doing any work. I personally, am irritated by all these unwarranted attacks.

Some lazy goons whose only source of income & wealth is govt money may be behind all these spurious attacks. If some of her attackers are indolent, they should go and get a job to do!!!!

@IKE. SO BLOODY WHAT

@Ike. So bloody what if she helped her brother get a consulting job even if it were true. ChiChi is a first class graduate who has an MBA from Georgetown University and worked in Mercer consulting and Accenture so he is very qualified. I know them well and even before she became minister he had done a lot of work for Obasanjo during the early days of privatisation and the BPE during the first adminstration so if Elrufai gave him a job, he was most qualified to get it cos he knows his pedigree. If it were a northerner, 15million dollars will not even be an issue talkless of 15million naira. This is chicken change for someone of his pedigree. I beg let us rest.

STUPID CRITICS & ARMCHAIR REVOLUTIONARIES

Even if Jesus was to come down to help Nigerians, I am certain that people like Iboris media aide Tony Eluemunor will be the firt critic. This is a man who says Ibori is a saint. Nigger please. Do not piss on us and tell us the rain is falling. We are not stupid enough not to see through this campaign against Ngozi OkonjoIweala. What is this nonsense about 15million naira when so many people around the country are looting the country blind. Is this all Sahara has to report? Useless people. Everyday one foolish write up or another about this lady even before she took office even calling her father a distinguished retired professor names. Useless bastards.

NGOZI OKONJO IWEALA AS SISTER TO CH- CHI OKONJO-IWEALA?

NGOZI IS HER NAME, OKONJO HER FATHER'S NAME AND IWEALA IS HER HUSBAND'S SURNAME. SO HOW CAN HER BROTHER JUMP OKONJO AND ANSWER OKONJO-IWEALA?PLEASE SOMEBODY SHOULD HELP ME.

BUT THOSE HELL BENT ON THROWING MUD WILL NEVER ASK THIS QUESTION.

THE VERY MANY FORUMITES WHO ARE BIGOTS, SEMI ILLITERATES AND TRIBAL MINIMALISTS WILL ALWAYS BEHAVE LIKE THE RABLE WHICH THEY ARE.

IN THE END, THE JUST SHALL BE VINDICATED, INSPITE OF YELLOW JOURNALISM BY SAHARA REPORTERS.

OUR DEAR DR NOI, DO NOT BE DISTRACTED BY THE 'NATTERING NABOBS OF NEGATIVISM'.

IT IS QUID PRO QUO, WHICH IS ALSO ILLEGAL

PASTOR FALSE ALARM GET IT! If you are a Solicitor you should also be thinking about IMPROPER INFLUENCE, CONFLICT OF INTEREST, ABUSE OF OFFICE and Quid pro quo (Latin for scratch my back, I scratch your back). To break it down in your native language, it is EGUNJE..

When a public contract is awarded in violation of the due process regulation (just like The Thief Ngozi Okonjo Iweala did), the contract will be designated as illegal. Your idol Ngozi Okonjo Iweala COMMITTED A CRIME!! She is officially a criminal just like the rest of them. She has lost all moral authority to lead and the face to talk against corruption. What a disgrace.

She lied about it because she knew that what she did was ILLEGAL. Due process requires competitive bidding that should not be violated not only when a contract is awarded without advertisement for bidding but also when executed at an inflated price

Anaruagu THE ULTIMATE TRUTH MACHINE

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Point of correction

Okonjo-Iwela is a compound name. Her father's name is Okonjo

IS THIS ELUEMUNOR THE IBORI'S

IS THIS ELUEMUNOR THE IBORI'S MAN ? I WONDER WHAT SHOULD BE BELIEVED IF IT COMES FROM HIM.

I AM AT A CROSS ROAD ON THIS ISSUE, BUT I SEE THE SAME GAME PLAYED OVER DIEZANI MADUEKWE'S APPOINTMENT COMING UP HERE.

WHILE, STRESSING THE NEED TO BE TRANSPARENT, LET US NOT LOOSE SIGHT OF THE POWERFUL SPOILERS WHO INSIST ON MAINTAINING THE VERY CORRUPT STATUS QUO(MOST OF THEM HAVE BEEN ERRONEOUSLY NOMINATED INTO THE ECONOMIC TEAM). THEY WOULD STOP AT NOTHING TO DISLOCATE A MOVING TRAIN.

THERE IS NO RELATIONSHIP WITH HER FAMILY PLEASE. I KNOW THAT SOMEONE MAY ALSO WANT TO LINK ME TO HER!

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ILLEGAL CONTRACTS IS STEALING

PASTOR FALSEALA GET IT! When a public contract is awarded in violation of the due process regulation (just like The Theief Ngozi Okonjo Iweala did), the contract will be designated as illegal. Your idol Ngozi Okonjo Iweala COMMITTED A CRIME!!!!!!!!

She lied about it because she knew that what she did was ILLEGAL. Due process requires competitive bidding that should not be violated not only when a contract is awarded without advertisement for bid.

Anaruagu THE ULTIMATE TRUTH MACHINE

PS. I liked, supported and defended Ngozi Okonjo Iweala before, then she started stealing with her brothers. I told everybody that she is now a CRIMINAL nothing more!

FREE SPEECH MUST NOT BE LIMITED BY THREAT OF LAWSUIT!

Pastor Trueword who is a Solicitor (NOT a Barrister). I must first concede that he is confused and is mixing up rules of law, because he is a Solicitor in England. The UK among legal scholars is deemed the Libel Capital of the World, because their system is more accommodating to libel cases. That is UK! Pastor FalseALARM does UK courts have jurisdiction over people in USA, Canada, China, Nigeria etc. Atulu!

Free speech enjoys the protection of the constitution. When public officials are involved, the standard are higher, check New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964).

Also if he is not dumb, he will first consider whether the statements were

OPINIONS, FAIR COMMENTS ON MATTERS OF PUBLIC INTERST OR TRUTH (ABSOLUTE DEFENCE).

Any lawsuit by her will be a typical example of SLAPP = Strategic lawsuit against public participation intended

Ngozi..Ole! Ngozi...Ole!

Ngozi..Ole! Ngozi...Ole! Ngozi...Ole!

Haba, SR has journalism

Haba, SR has journalism degenerated to this level? Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nee Okonjo. How can her brother also bear the name of her husband - Iweala.

Chicken Change

Someone said N15million is chicken change.

Come on. Shine your eyes.

The N15million is the one she was caught red handed stealing.

The extent of her thievery must have been unimaginable given her team up with thieveman El-Rufai.

She has lost any moral ground to pontificate about corruption. She cannot be effective as a finance minister as a known corrupt minister. How can a known thief caution others against stealing?

Idiots Come In Different Shapes & Sizes.

Nosa, As I said, idiots come in all shapes and sizes. Please tell us yours. Saharareporters must be quaking in their shoes because you will stop reading it. Abeg, do us a favour and stop reading it from today so that it can download quicker for us. The person wey send ole to go thief and the Ole na one and the same.

If it is illegal it is a crime

Nigerians never stop amazing me, so because the contract was executed so it not a crime. To those that said we should just let the issue go away because she is Iweala you are wrong. if the said contract was awarded unduly, it is illegal and a crime no matter how small the crime might be. If you cut corners for a mere 15m contract what will you do for larger amount?

For now, I still love that lady but let us all agree she committed a crime period.

it amazes me when you marry

it amazes me when you marry out a woman and begin to answer the your inlaws surname.....the brothers of Ngozi would answer just Okonjo as surname...abi..please if Sahara reporters continue like this to spread false-hood they would lose popularity....i am getting disappointed in their fabricated lies to discredit this great Nigerian.....

OKONJO-IWEALA SHOULD BE LEFT ALONE!!!!!

Please this woman called Mrs Ngozi-Okonjo Iweala should be left alone......some of us cant be convinced that she is corrupt...and if it is true that her brother benefited from the government in contracts i certainly believe she had no hand in it....i am a politician and i know how close relatives and friends of high political holders take advantage of the office without the knowledge of the holder of the office.you nmight be surprised she is not aware of this contract given to her brother!!!!......and what is wrong for a brother of a minister who is a contractor to hunt for contract from the FG...?? Can it be proofed that she said due process should be skipped for her brother....

timisho what again

Timisho i dont need to exchange words with u but i see the type of person you are; deluded, backward and also a typical black monkey whose braincells cant reason properly by making that statement that igbos are lousy. look at the entire black race so messed up, look at Nigeria completely a messed up country, while we are looking for a way to effect change you come here talking rubbish. foolish black monkey with no brain cells. idiot.

The person that hard this

The person that hard this information why did it take that person this long to come out with it. You people just like to create issue out of nothing. I have realise that in this country any time someone they no that they can`t bend to do things there way ,they will use all sort of trick and blackmails on them and this is just one of such things.Lets stop distracting her and let her do her job. When Sanusi started that is how they started too so let not keep going back and forth at the sametime we need to keep moving so as to enable us get to where this our great nation Nigria should be.

@Awuye Wuye "An arrogance

@Awuye Wuye "An arrogance that has not really done Nigeria a lot of good. But which your paymasters at the World Bank are really the beneficiaries". Spot on. You hit the nail on the head. I know there is a plan by the IMF to devalue the Naira which benefits the West through cheaper energy prices. They need foot soldiers to realise this and Ngozi is one of them. We should not deceived rather we must continue to question her on every action taken in the course of her job.

Re: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

If all Nigerians knew that what is being done to the Minister of Finance is the standard practice in the advanced world, they'll become less critical of Sahara-reporters. Really, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala knows this to be the truth. Nigeria has moved on from when she first served the country. Besides, she would face greater scrutiny because of the particular ministry she heads; also, she has demanded by her utterances that Nigerians hold her to a higher standard.

We know that N15 million is chicken change; still we would demand accountability even for that. I think it's best for her to keep silent for now. We want her for the job, but she should know that things have changed in Nigeria.

While I do respect your right

While I do respect your right to hold an opinion, your ethnic and tribal sentiments casts a cloud of darkness over any claim of “superior weaponry” of wit or logic. Generalisations of character or culture of the sort you posit, makes you no different to the xenophobic Nazis. It is rather cheap and a sign of weakness to resort to such debased mental escapism rather than debating the issue.

LET US SETTLE THIS MATTER

Ok we agreed that contract was given without due process and the contract was executed according to the journalist. Thank you for raising it. Dr Ngozi, you are warned, dont do that again. Whenever you are given contract (though you said the contract was given by FCT Ministry)ensure due process is followed. I hope this will make this journalist to allow the woman concentrate on her job since we have given her warning letter. This woman left Obasanjo's regime since and the contract was awarded in 2004, why did we wait for 2011 before raising the issue? I have said it once, that even if our Lord Jesus Christ or Propet Mohammed comes to rule this country, Nigerians will either go and look for a place in the Bible or Quran to discredit them. We are just killing this country by the day because of politics, trabalism and nepotism. God will deal with all the enemies of Nigeria IJN. Amen!

While I do respect your right

While I do respect your right to hold an opinion, your ethnic and tribal sentiments casts a cloud of darkness over any claim of “superior weaponry” of wit or logic. Generalisations of character or culture of the sort you posit, makes you no different to the xenophobic Nazis. It is rather cheap and a sign of weakness to resort to such debased mental escapism rather than debating the issue.

While I do respect your right

While I do respect your right to hold an opinion, your ethnic and tribal sentiments casts a cloud of darkness over any claim of “superior weaponry” of wit or logic. Generalisations of character or culture of the sort you posit, makes you no different to the xenophobic Nazis.

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