15 February By MATHEW AYOOLA
The Federal Government has described the selection of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the Director General of the World Trade Organisation, WTO, as the right choice which will do the organisation a lot of good in years to come.
Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo in his speech delivered at the Special General Council Meeting of the organisation in Geneva, Switzerland said the process of selection was not only transparent but the credit for the resulting success must go to the entire membership of WTO.
“Nigeria wishes to express profound gratitude and deep appreciation to all the members, who one way or the other, assisted Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala during the campaign period” the Minister stated.
He also expressed gratitude to all the regional groupings in the WTO for granting audience and support during and after the exercise.
“We also thank the WTO Secretariat staff, translators and the press who worked really hard in supporting and providing updates to members and the general public on the Director General selection process.” Adebayo said
The Minister in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Ifedayo Sayo, described Dr Okonjo-Iweala as one of the few on the global stage that enjoy high recognition in view of charismatic leadership qualities and proven records of excellence and integrity, along with international political connections.
He emphasized that the new Director-General would lead the organization to achieve its purpose and mandate.
While assuring that the new Director General of WTO would not disappoint the organisation and all those who worked to make the appointment a reality, the Minister advised her not to betray the confidence reposed in her.
“Mr. Chairman, Your Excellencies, may I take this opportunity to refresh our memories on the campaign promises made by Dr. Ngozi having clearly identified various challenges affecting the WTO as a multilateral organization, she shared her thoughts on possible solutions that would be brought on board for discussion, consideration and implementation with a view to ensuring that the full mandate and functions of the WTO are enforced in accordance with the highest expectations of members”. He stated.
“Finally, Chair, Excellencies, we urge all members to give the new Director-General all the cooperation, support and solidarity that would be required for her to work with a view to making WTO a truly outstanding multilateral institution”:the Minister added