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WTO: PANDEF confident of Okonjo-Iwealas performance

Published by The Nation on Mon, 22 Feb 2021


By Elo Edremoda, WarriThe Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has expressed confidence that Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will do a great job as the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).PANDEF in a statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Hon. Ken Robinson, Monday, felicitated with Nigerias former Finance Minister, stating that she deserves all the accolades that has her appointment.Recall that the renowned economist was appointed as DG of the WTO last Monday.The statement also commended President Muhammadu Buhari and other African leaders for their unwavering support towards ensuring her appointment, noting that the development has brought Nigeria to the spot light for good despite the current challenges.It gives us great pleasure to extend our warmest congratulations to Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on her appointment as the first African and first female director-general of the global organization.PANDEF is enormously proud of Dr. Okonjo-Iwealas attainments and of the great honour she has brought to Nigeria and the Niger Delta Region in particular, by this appointment.She has been so balanced and focused, and deserves all the praises she is now receiving.Her unanimous selection by the 164 member countries of the WTO was a clear statement of recognition and appreciation of her remarkable contributions to the global finance and development sector, during her time at the World Bank and twice as Nigerias Minister of Finance, as well as her other previous assignments in the global space.Read Also:Okonjo-Iweala and WTO: Putting the best foot forwardAt a time, the country is being overawed by a myriad of challenges, with distressing happenings day-to-day, the news of her appointment was like a sweet tonic to the generality of Nigerians, within and outside the shores of the Nation.It has generated so much positive excitement across Nigeria, and serves as a reassurance that the global community still recognizes that there are topnotch human resources in Nigeria, despite the awful goings-on in the country.We congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari, and all Nigerians, particularly people of the South-South geo-political zone on her historic appointment.We further commend Mr. President for his firm support for the aspiration of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as well as other African leaders for their solidarity. This appointment has, again, no doubt, raised the image of Nigeria in the world.We congratulate Dr. Okonjo-Iweala on behalf of the entire people of the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria. We are confident that she will perform her duties and responsibilities most creditably, having regard to her past performances.
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