Anthony George Manzo

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Anthony George Manzo
Senator for Taraba North
In office
May 2007 – May 2011
Preceded by Zik Sunday Ambuno
Succeeded by Aisha Jummai
Personal details
Born 1958
Taraba State, Nigeria

Anthony George Manzo (born 1958) was elected Senator for the Taraba North constituency of Taraba State, Nigeria, taking office on 29 May 2007. He is a member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP).[1]

Background[edit]

Manzo was born in 1958. He obtained certification as an MBBS and FRCS, becoming a Medical Practitioner. He was appointed Commissioner of Health, Taraba State and Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee, Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital.[1] During the second term of the Obasanjo presidency he was Ambassador of Nigeria to Israel. From his experience in Israel he concluded that the strength of democratic institutions was more important than that of individual officeholders.[2] In January 2005 he was also appointed High Commissioner of Nigeria to Cyprus.[3]

Political career[edit]

After assuming his senate seat in 2007 Manzo was appointed to committees on Police Affairs, Information and Media, Health, Foreign Affairs and Air Force.[1] In a mid-term evaluation of Senators in May 2009, ThisDay noted he had sponsored bills for amendment of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission Act, Nation Security Enhancement, amendment of the Psychiatric Hospital Management Board Act, University of Abuja College of Medicine, Mental Health, and Free Medical Centres.[4]

In October 2008 Manzo was the sponsor of a motion titled "Global Credit Crisis and its Impact on Nigeria" which was cosponsored by nineteen other senators. The motion criticized the recent bank consolidations under CBN governor Chukwuma Soludo, recommended improvements to bank regulation and supervision, and called on the Federal Government to pay debts owed local contractors and pensioners in order to reduce the credit crunch, among other things.[5] In an article published in ThisDay in November 2008, Manzo made the case that projects to develop Nigeria were of no value unless the people of the country could return to basic principles of honesty and integrity. Without these the country could never become great.[6] In August 2009, Manzo defended cross-carpeting, saying it would be undemocratic to prohibit politicians from changing party.[2]

Manzo was a contender to again be PDP candidate for Taraba North in the April 2011 elections, but was defeated in the primaries by Aisha Jummai, who went on to be elected to the Senate.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Sen. Anthony G. Manzo". National Assembly of Nigeria. Retrieved 2010-06-13. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b Stanley Yakubu (13 August 2009). "Prohibition of Cross-Carpeting, Most Undemocratic - Manzo". Leadership. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  3. ^ "President Papadopoulos: Cyprus problem has never been a religious conflict". Embassy of Cyprus in Sweden. 2005-01-11. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  4. ^ "An Improved Senate, But Some Uninspiring Senators...". ThisDay. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  5. ^ Andrew Oota (14 October 2008). "Global Credit Crisis - What Happened to Consolidated Banks?". Leadership. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  6. ^ Senator Anthony G. Manzo (24 November 2008). "Why Country Should Return to Basics". ThisDay. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  7. ^ EMMANUEL UMARU (18 April 2011). "How Woman Floored Ex-Governor Jolly Nyame In Senate Race". Leadershiop. Retrieved 2011-05-06.