PRESIDENT BUHARI DRUMS SUPPORT FOR NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA AS DG, WTO

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In the heels of her recent success of emerging one of the top-two candidates for the exalted position of Director- General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigeria’s candidate, Dr.NgoziOkonjo-Iweala that he would explore every opportunity and deploy his entire energy to ensure that she emerges victorious at the end of the race.

President Buhari made the assurance while hosting Okonjo-Iweala, who paid a courtesy visit to the Villa in Abuja.

OkonjoIweala, Nigeria’s former Finance Minister and YooMyung-Hee of South Korea are the two remaining candidates contesting for the top position of the multilateral institution. Whoever emerges between the duo will become the first female WTO DG since the organization came into existence 25years ago.

The President noted that Okonjo-Iweala deserved more support to get the top job because of her profile and diligence in serving the country and the world.

According to him, “I assure you that I will do all that we can to ensure that you emerge as the Director-General of WTO, Not only because you are a Nigerian, but because you are a hardworking Nigerian”.

“I did the same for Dr.AkinwunmiAdesina for President of the African Development Bank. Both of you served the country under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); you are both highly qualified” the President added.

President Buhari also assured Dr Okonjo-Iweala that he would make all the necessary phone calls and send letters to some world leaders to seek for their unflinching support.

Dr.OkonjoIweala in her remarks expressed appreciation to the President, Chief of Staff to the President, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Ministers of Industry, Trade and Investment for their dedication and hard work in ensuring she emerge victorious.

“I feel very proud of Nigeria; as I am getting so much support from you, Mr. President, Chief of Staff, Ministers of Industry, Trade and Investments. The ministers have been working around the clock to ensure that I succeed.”

The Former Finance Minister also thanked ECOWAS leaders; especially the outstanding contributions of MahamadouIssoufou, President of Niger Republic and AlhassanQuattara, former President of Cote d’Ivoire and past Chairman of the ECOWAS.

She further tasked President Buhari to make one ‘final push’ within the week to enable her assume the vacant position of Director General of WTO come November 2020.

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