By Henry Umoru
THIRTY- six State Governors under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF have congratulated the former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala on her confirmation as the Director- General, World Trade Organisation, WTO.
According to the forum, the appointment has been long awaited, very well deserved and could not have come at a better time.
A statement on Monday by the NGF Head, Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, read, “The Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, on behalf of all Nigerians rejoices with Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala on her elevation to the office of the Director-General of the World Trade Organization. Her confirmation which was ratified by the WTO Council and made public today, Monday, 15 February 2021, has been long awaited, very well deserved and could not have come at a better time.
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“Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala’s pedigree as a well-known global development economist, who has served at some of the most prestigious global financial institutions, apart from her illustrious years as Nigeria’s Finance Minister raises hopes around the world that her tenure at the WTO will herald remarkable changes in the face of the economic challenges currently afflicting the world.
“The woman of firsts as she is fondly known, because of her accomplishments, brings along exciting news that being a Nigerian would give visibility and credibility to the nation. Already she has, while reacting to the news of her appointment, pledged to immediately commence work by providing solutions that will ameliorate the hardships brought upon humanity by the Covid19 pandemic.
“Okonjo Iweala’s tenure will begin from the 1st of March and last until August 2025 and the NGF wishes her a successful tenure through it all.”
Vanguard News Nigeria
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