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Buhari congratulates new WTO DG, Okonjo-Iweala


Buhari nominates Okonjo-Iweala for WTO DG position

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has congratulated Ngozi Okonja-Iweala on her appointment as the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.

Okonja-Iweala was officially announced as the new DG of the international organisation on Monday, becoming the first-ever female to hold the position.

IN a statement by the president via his Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Monday, Buhari hailed the former finance minister for bringing joy and honour to Nigeria.

The statement read, “On behalf of the Federal Government and all Nigerians, President Muhammadu Buhari warmly felicitates with former Minister of Finance and Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on her election as Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, bringing joy and more honour to the country.

“As the Harvard-educated and renowned economist takes up another onerous task of service to the world and humanity, the President believes her track record of integrity, diligence and passion for development will continue to yield positive results and rewards to mankind.

“President Buhari affirms that Dr Okonjo-Iweala, who over the years set major records of economic reforms in Nigeria as Minister of Finance, and later Minister of Foreign Affairs, will excel in her new position and validate the global mandate of repositioning and strengthening the multilateral institution for the greater good of all.

“The President joins family, friends and colleagues in wishing Dr Okonjo-Iweala well in her new endeavour,” the president said.