- It's jubilation time in Nigeria as Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala finally emerges as the director-general of the WTO
- Okonjo-Iweala's appointment was confirmed at a special meeting of the General Council on Monday, February 15
- The former minister of finance is the first woman and the first African to head the international organisation
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s former minister, has been finally appointed as the next director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
According to a brief statement released by the WTO via its verified Twitter page, Okonjo-Iweala was appointed following the decision taken at a special meeting of the General Council on Monday, February 15.
Legit.ng gathers that the decision follows a selection process that included eight candidates from around the world.
Her term officially starts on Monday, March 1, 2021.
Okonjo-Iweala is the first woman and the first African to head the international organisation.
Nigerians react to Okonjo-Iweala's emergence as WTO DG
Brightalo Brightalo said on Facebook:
"Trump the messiah rejected her Biden the so called antichrist accepted her."
Theophilous James said:
"A fantastic job. Congratulations. Serve the world to be a better place."
Sadiq Abu said:
"Gratitude be to PMB who stood firmly and rally round supports at both national and internal community to ensure that Okonjo make the day.
Michael Wada said:
"Congratulation. May God give you the grace to lead effectively."
Ladyuche Nwodika said:
"Congratulations ma. You always made Nigeria proud"
Francis Nwobegu said:
"Well deserved appointment, congratulations madam."
Olukole Janet Olanike said:
"I don't know why people like you can't become the president of this country"
Abdulsalam Ado said:
"Congratulations please try and show them what blacks are capable of doing"
Top tasks ahead for Okonjo-Iweala
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Reuters listed top three key tasks ahead for Okonjo-Iweala as WTO's director-general.
Among others, the former minister will have to:
1. Broker international trade talks in the face of persistent US-China conflict
2. Respond to pressure to reform trade rules
3. Counter protectionism heightened by the COVID-19
Nurudeen Lawal is a Legit.ng journalist passionate about fact-checking/verification journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature-in-English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. As Politics Editor, Nurudeen mostly writes on Nigeria’s political and socio-economic developments. He has attended different workshops, conferences and training on fact-checking and digital reporting, among others. Learn more about him on Twitter, @Nurudeen Lawal_