- Goodluck Jonathan has broken his silence on Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala's emergence as the WTO DG
- The former president expressed confidence that Okonjo-Iweal will excel in her new position
- Jonathan said the selection process that led to the former minister's appointment was really rigorous
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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has no doubt received a lot of encomiums from prominent Nigerians after her eventual emergence as the director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
But the congratulatory message of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan which came on Monday, February 15, was much expected, PM News reports
Jonathan sent a brief goodwill statement to express his joy and satisfaction with the former finance minister's new office.
He said it is obvious that Iweala, by virtue of her vast experience and exposure, will drive the leadership of the organisation to strengthen trade relations among nations.
His message read:
“I congratulate Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who served as the Coordinating Minister for the Economy/Minister of Finance in my cabinet, on her emergence as the new Director-General of World Trade Organisation (WTO), after a long-drawn-out selection process.
“I am convinced that your leadership of the 164 nation-member organization will bring about improved trade relations and progress across the world’s different economic spectrum.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Okonjo-Iweala had been appointed as the next director-general of the 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.
Legit.ng gathered 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.
Meanwhile, the federal government on Tuesday, February 16, revealed that it had decided to bestow a monumental honour on Amina J. Muhammed.
The government, through the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, said it will name the Idu railway complex, the station, and the light rail station of the Federal Capital Territory after Amina.
She is presently the deputy secretary-general of the United Nations (UN). Amaechi disclosed this in a tweet on Tuesday.
Onyirioha Nnamdi is a graduate of Literature and English Language at the University of Lagos. He is a Politics/Current Affairs Editor who writes on news and political topics for Legit.ng. He brings into his reporting a wealth of experience in creative and analytical writing. Nnamdi has a major interest in local and global politics.