- Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has commended Nigerians for their roles in her emergence as the DG of WTO
- The WTO boss also appreciated the support given to her by the minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama
- Okonjo-Iweala is the first woman and African to lead the prestigious trade organisation
The new director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has thanked Nigerians for their support.
Okonjo-Iweala expressed her appreciation on Monday, March 15, when she visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Channels TV reported.
The WTO DG appreciated young Nigerians whom she said were always on social media cheering her on.
She acknowledged that the youth's crucial encouragement helped win the ‘tough race’.
“I say it and I will not stop saying it – without all of you and without support from ordinary Nigerians, especially the young people who were always on social media all the time encouraging me, I wouldn’t have been able to make it because it was a very tough competition with eight of us at the start, over a period of six months – very grueling – so it needed a lot of encouragement."
The WTO DG also the Ministries of Trade and Investment and Foreign Affairs for their support.
The newly appointed WTO DG lauded the minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, for his role in contributing to her success in her race for the prestigious seat.
He described the foreign affairs minister as "absolutely amazing" and thanked him for his personal attention.
Okonjo-Iweala is the first woman and first African to lead the international body. Her term began on Monday, March 1 and would last until the next four years.
The WTO DG is currently on a one-week visit to Nigeria. She told newsmen on her arrival to the country that her visit, the first since emerging WTO DG, was to show appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for his support during the race to the top job.
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Okonjo-Iweala said she will discuss with President Buhari and other relevant stakeholders what her leadership of the WTO holds for Nigeria's economy.
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