“70 per cent of my staff have high blood pressure. This goes to show the amount of stress we go through. All three of us here (referring to herself, Minister of State, Bashir Yuguda; and Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Anastasia Daniel-Nwaobia ) have high blood pressure.
Minister of State has High BP and you are on medication. Perm Sec has and I have. The amount of stress in the ministry is unbelievable. Many times we are in the office until 1 am, looking for ways, we want to push out money to make payment. Many people don’t know this.
We now have a clinic so that people can go and check quickly up when they start having headache before someone collapses.
I want to on behalf of myself and my High Blood Pressure colleagues say that I am happy to commission this clinic. Minister of State, please forgive me for letting out the secret , you know how I talk- I am very open.”
Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala reportedly stated that managing the nation’s economy has given her and the people she works with high blood pressure.
Vanguard reports that she made the disclosure, while commissioning a new clinic and a crèche in the ministry, in Abuja.