It has been a great year for the cerebral chairperson of Nigeria Social Insurance Fund (NSITF), Dr Ngozi Olejeme. Indeed, this year can easily be dubbed a season of awards for the Delta-born politician and technocrat. From within and outside these shores, reputable organisations have honoured Olejeme for her role in the resuscitation and repositioning of NSTIF.
When she was appointed as the chairperson of the agency, some cynics forgot her intimidating resume and mischievously pointed to her being a long-standing figure in the corridors of power. Others even said her appointment was a reward for being a loyal member of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP). But to the joy of those who have trust in her, Olojeme has provided her board with leadership that has made NSITF a vibrant and efficient parastatal.
Though, Olejeme is a thoroughbred technocrat, the politician in her shows up from time to time. One of those times was the recently held reception for wife of the Belizean Prime Minister, Kim Simplis Barrow, who visited the country to raise funds and sensitise Nigerians about her programme for the needy. Olejeme used the event to eulogise President Jonathan and his wife. According to her, not less than 37 women presently head various government parastatals and agencies while 14 of them are Ministers and many more are ambassadors or heads of foreign missions. She then opined that Nigerian women should reward the president with their support for being gender sensitive