- Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has secured another international support to emerge the WTO DG
- This time, the backing came from the former prime minister of the UK, Gordon Brown
- Brown strongly believes that Nigeria's former finance minister has delivered positively in many rigorous international jobs
In her bid to emerge the director-general of the World Trade Organisation, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former minister of finance in Nigeria, is getting a lot of local and international support.
In fact, a former prime minister of the United Kingdom (UK), Gordon Brown, has lent his support to Okonjo-Iweala, arguing that she is the just the right person for the job, The Times reports.
Brown argued that the former minister has produced positive results even in the toughest of jobs across the world and is, therefore, for fit for the much-contested position.
This is coming after many Britons have nominated Liam Fox, a former Conservative trade secretary, for the office.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Okonjo-Iweala had said corruption was tackled headlong during her tenure, with billions of dollars saved.
The former minister made this known in an op-ed titled To Beat Covid-19, Governments Need to Open Up.
Okonjo-Iweala recommended various reforms governments need to put in place to be able to effectively deal with the ravaging coronavirus pandemic.
Making reference to her tenure as a two-term finance minister (from 2003 to 2006 as well as between 2011 and 2015), Okonjo-Iweala said: “We worked hard in a difficult governance environment to open up information and tackle corruption.
“Though it was not easy, we saved billions of dollars that were channeled to other priorities.” Okonjo-Iweala is the Chair of the Board of Gavi, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation.
She was a nominated candidate for the position of the WTO Director-General.
Also, President Muhammadu Buhari's nomination of Okonjo-Iweala as a candidate for the position of the director-general of the WTO had been accepted.
The international organisation on Tuesday, June 9, stated that nominations for the office are still open.
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.