CWAI thumbs up NEXIM’s boss over stellar performance

A civil society group, Citizens Watch Advocacy Initiative (CWAI), has commended Honourable Stella Erhuwuoghene Oketete for her stellar performance as an executive director of Nigeria export-Import Bank (NEXIM).

 The group, however, slammed those who are bent on orchestrating a campaign of calumny, mudsling and others against her.  

 This was contained in a press statement issued in Abuja Monday by CWAI’s executive secretary, Omoba Kenneth Aigbegbele.

 The statement read in part, “The attention of a civil society group, Citizens Watch Advocacy Initiative (CWAI), has been drawn to the smear campaign, mudslinging, frivolous writings, ill-motivated petitions, self-serving and orchestrated mischief by agent-provocateurs and faceless group of disgruntled hatchet jobbers and has accordingly called on Nigerians and anti-graft agencies and security organizations to discountenance same.

 “This is informed by the fact that CWAI has discovered through its painstaking and thorough investigation that the group is only hell-bent on tarnishing the hard-earned reputation of Honourable Stella Erhuvwuoghene Oketete of the Nigeria Export-Import Bank (NEXIM). She is not just a woman activist, but one who has become a role model for the youths and women of this country.

 “It is in view of this that we have decided to respond to the Sahara Reporters publication on November 28, 2022, and the various petitions manufactured by self-serving law firm based on the orders of an ostensibly drowning political figure whom we discovered in the course of our investigation, is vexed with and envious of the rising profile of Hon. Stella Okotete as a humanist and administrator par excellence which warranted her appointment into the Board of the Nigeria Export-Import (NEXIM) Bank.”

 CWAI noted that, “There is no provision in NEXIM Act that lays out the qualification for appointment of executive directors or any director of the bank. It is, therefore, at the prerogative of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and it was based on these provisions which are within his powers that President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Hon. Stella Okotete to the Board of NEXIM Bank.” 

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