- Globally-renowned economist, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has made Nigeria proud again
- Okonjo-Iweala, 66, has been appointed as the director-general of the World Trade Organisation sparking jubilation across the country
- Delta governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has joined in celebrating Okonjo-Iweala's emergence and praising her for putting the state on the world map
Delta governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated Nigeria's former two-time minister of finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on her emergence as Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.
The governor also thanked the former World Bank managing director for bringing pride and honour to her home state of Delta in the south-south region of Nigeria which he currently presides over as the chief executive.
Okonjo-Iweala, also a former foreign affairs minister in the country, hails from Ogwashi-Uku, the Igbo-speaking part of the state.
He late father, Igwe Chukuka Okonjo, professor of mathematics was a respected monarch in the state before he died at the age of 91 in September 2019.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng by his spokesman, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika on Monday, February 15, Governor Okowa said that he was elated to hear of the successful emergence of Okonjo-Iweala as WTO boss after a very highly competitive and protracted process.
He described Okonjo-Iweala as a brilliant, competent, world-class economist and international development expert whose works over the years had distinguished her globally.
Part of the statement read:
“Your appointment is indeed, a testament to your competence and experience as a renowned economist and international development expert.
“You went through a very rigorous and competitive process to emerge as the new head at the WTO.
“On behalf of my family, the Government and people of Delta, I congratulate a worthy ambassador of Delta and Nigeria, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on the recognition and appointment.
“As you take on this distinguishing assignment at the big global stage again, I pray and urge you to re-enact that which you have always done - bringing pride and honour to Delta and Nigeria.”
Legit.ng had earlier reported that 66-year old globally-respected economist was appointed as the WTO boss following the decision taken at a special meeting of the general council on Monday, February 15.
The decision followed a selection process that included eight candidates from around the globe.
Recall that Reuters listed three key tasks ahead for Okonjo-Iweala as WTO's director-general.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at email@example.com.