- Another Nigerian has bagged a very important appointment in the US
- This time, it is Enoh Ebong, a lawyer appointed by President Joe Biden to head the USTDA in an acting capacity
- Ebong had served in other roles in the agency for a period of 15 years
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President Joe Biden has appointed a Nigerian-born lawyer, Enoh Ebong, as the acting director of the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).
Ebong's appointment was more like a return to the agency after serving in various roles, according to the USTDA. Some of such roles were the general counsel, deputy director, and chief operating officer between 2004 and 2019.
In her new position, Ebong is to lead the USTDA which works with the US private sector to develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in emerging economies while supporting local jobs through exportation.
During her swearing-in ceremony, she noted that the rare opportunity to serve in this capacity coincides with a crucial time when the international community looks to America "for leadership on clean energy and climate-smart infrastructure, as well as safe and secure ICT solutions.”
Meanwhile, weeks after naming Nigeria's Adewale Adeyemo as the deputy treasury secretary, Biden appointed Nigerian-born Funmi Olorunnipa Badejo as one of his legal advisers at the White House.
Olorunnipa Badejo was appointed as the associate counsel as the former vice president on Tuesday, January 12, named more than 20 lawyers to his White House counsel’s office.
People of colour also announced in Biden's White House legal team include Samiyyah Ali who was appointed deputy associate counsel, Tona Boyd as special counsel and Megan Ceronsky as associate counsel.
Funmi, who married another Nigerian Tunde Badejo, is from Kogi state, and she is an alumnus of Berkeley Law College in the United States.
A daughter of an immigrant who chooses to identify herself with Florida, Funmi was the general counsel of the House select subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis.
Funmi's legal career started as an associate with the law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP and was Legal Counsel at Palantir Technologies Inc.