Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was appointed Monday as the first female and first African head of the beleaguered World Trade Organization, saying a stronger WTO would be vital for the global coronavirus recovery.
The global trade body called a virtual special general council meeting at which member states officially selected the former Nigerian finance minister and World Bank veteran as its new director-general.
Iwaela took to Twitter thanking the World Trade Organisation members for finalizing her election and being honoured to be first woman and first African to lead. However, she finsihed off her statement by saying the real work begins and that she’s ready to tackle the challenges of the organisation.
It is done! Thank you @WTO members for finalizing my election today and making history. In the 73 years of GATT and WTO, honored to be First Woman and First African to lead. But now the real work begins. Ready to tackle the challenges of WTO. Forget Business as usual! pic.twitter.com/apnAalHWf5
— Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (@NOIweala) February 15, 2021
In light of this, President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the new director-general of the WTO on behalf of the Federal Government and all Nigerians, in a statement released on his official Twitter handle, Mr. President said:
“On behalf of the Federal Government and all Nigerians, I congratulate @NOIweala on her election as Director General of the World Trade Organisation, bringing joy and more honour to the country.
I believe her track record of integrity, diligence and passion for development will continue to yield positive results and rewards to mankind, and that she will validate the global mandate of repositioning and strengthening the WTO for the greater good of all.”
Congratulatory messages continue to pour in from top business and political leaders all around the world.
Her tenure will begin from the 1st of March and last until August 2025.
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