- FG has inaugurated campaign strategy team for former minister of finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
- Okonjo-Iweala is one of the contenders for the post of director-general of WTO
- Adeniyi Adebayo, the minister of industry, trade and investment, disclosed this on Thursday, July 16, in Abuja
The federal government has inaugurated a campaign strategy team that would ensure the emergence of the former minister of finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as the director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Premium Times reports that the minister of industry, trade and investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, who inaugurated the team in Abuja on Thursday, July 16, said the creation of a campaign strategy team was vital for Okonjo-Iweala's victory.
Legit.ng gathered that Adebayo, in a statement by Oluwakemi Ogunmakinwa, the assistant director, press unit of the ministry, said President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to nominate Okonjo-Iweala as Nigeria’s candidate for the position of WTO director-general was in good faith.
He said the decision was given the overriding consideration of the need to host Africa’s chance and for the promotion of gender mainstreaming at the world’s top trade post.
The minister expressed optimism that the Nigerian candidate would emerge as the next director-general of WTO, based on her capabilities and wealth of experience at the highest level of the World Bank, as a development economist, diplomat and one of Africa’s most trusted technocrats.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that eight candidates battling to become the next head of the WTO would make their pitches as three days of auditions started on Wednesday, July 15.
It was reported that the contenders would make 15-minute presentations to the 164 member states’ representatives at the WTO headquarters in Geneva, before facing a 75-minute grilling over their plans for the global trade body.
In another report, Okonjo-Iweala got a major boost in her bid to emerge as the director-general of the WTO. The minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu, lent his support for Iweala's candidacy during a plenary of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, July 14.
The lawmakers in the lower chamber who are in support of Okonjo-Iweala called on President Muhammadu Buhari to get other African leaders to throw their weight behind her candidacy.
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