- Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala's nomination for the office of the director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) still stands
- WTO confirmed this on Tuesday, June 9
- The international organisation said that nominations for the position across are still open
President Muhammadu Buhari's nomination of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as a candidate for the position of the director-general of the World Trade Organisation has been accepted.
The international organisation on Tuesday, June 9, stated that nominations for the office are still open, The Nation reports.
The government of Egypt had earlier argued that the executive decision of the African Union (AU) which had set Saturday, November 30 2019 as the deadline for African states to nominate candidates for the position was violated by Nigeria.
The North African nation called on the union not to regard Iweala’s nomination made by President Buhari.
In response to Egypt's position, the WTO in a statement said: “According to the timetable announced by the chair of the general council, David Walker, the nomination period will close on 8 July 2020."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the appointment of the candidacy of Okonjo-Iweala for the position of the director-general of the WTO seemed to be shaky.
This was as the Arab Republic of Egypt has claimed that the nomination of Okonjo-Iweala by President Muhammadu “is not in conformity with the executive council decision" since the time for this nomination had elapsed in 2019, specifically Saturday, November 30.
The African nation called on the ministerial committee on candidatures of the African Union (AU), that only two persons have been nominated and endorsed for the embattled office: Abdulhameed Mamdouh of Egypt and Eloi Laourou of the Republic of Benin.
Egypt urged the OLC to give its position with regards to Nigeria's “the conformity of Nigeria’s new nomination with executive council decision no. EX1072 of July 2019..."
The nation revealed that it has already started consultation with the government of Benin to come up with an agreement on which of the two endorsed candidates will emerge from the continent.
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