28 October 2020 By Georgina Humphrey
Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development, Dr Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah, has endorsed Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the position of Director General, World Trade Organisation, describing her as eminently qualified for the top job.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Acting Director of Press in the ministry, Mr. Timothy Akpoili,
It states that as a renowned Development Economist, who has been with the World Bank for a long time Okonjo-Iweala understands the challenges of global development and possesses the expertise to handle them.
It notes that her expertise in Development Economics stood her out in the world of finance.
The statement observes that Okonjo-Iweala’s training and competence in Economics had seen her serve twice as Finance Minister and once as Foreign Minister of Nigeria, as well as a rise to the position of Managing Director of the World Bank.
“Coming from such a background and holding such a track record eminently qualify Okonjo-Iweala for the position of Director General, World Trade Organisation (WTO).”
According to the statement, Ogah appreciated the unquestionable support of President Muhammadu Buhari in Okonjo-Iweala’s quest for the WTO top job.
It adds that Okonjo-Iweala had broken the glass ceiling by becoming the first African and the first female candidate to reach this last hurdle of becoming the Director General of World Trade Organisation.
According to Ogah, “Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a distinguished Nigerian, a notable daughter of Delta State and a proud wife of Abia State.
“She has proved her mettle on both the international and national scene and has brought honour to Africa and Nigeria” Ogah added.
“We assure this worthy compatriot that Nigeria will continue to support her until her appointment is finally declared.”