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President Buhari commends Okonjo-Iweala, says she earned her new position at WTO

By on March 15, 2021 0 196 Views

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday described the ascension of Nigeria’s former finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to the position of the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) as well deserved.

President Buhari who spoke while receiving the former managing director of the World Bank said despite the robust support Nigeria gave to her candidacy, Okonjo-Iweala  ‘also earned it.’

“You also earned it. We are happy you made it, but you earned it with your record of performance both at home and abroad.”

The President congratulated the WTO new head and Nigeria said he knows that Okonjo-Iweala “will represent us so well.”
Okonjo-Iweala on her part thanked President Buhari for the pulsating support she received from her own country in the race for the position.
“You nominated me, you wrote hundreds of letters, called up hundreds of world leaders. Without your personal and direct intervention, it may not have worked.
“The people of Nigeria also supported me massively. The youths were wonderful, always encouraging, backing me up on social media.
“Mr President, the world recognizes what you have done. Since its establishment, only men have led the WTO. Now, a woman has emerged for the first time, and she’s a Nigerian. We are so honoured,” Okonjo-Iweala said.
She informed the President of the opportunities for Nigeria in the global organization, as well as the challenges, stressing that “WTO will do more to help Nigeria, but we need to add value to our products in order to trade more. We should exploit all the opportunities in front of us.”
She added that the support and leadership of President Buhari will help her a lot in her position as DG.

The former Nigeria’s finance minister assumed office on March 1, 2021 as the first female DG of the global trade watchdog.

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