Buhari Nominates Okonjo-Iweala For WTO DG Position

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the nomination of Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, former Minister of Finance, for the position of director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

This was revealed on Thursday in a statement by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Permanent Mission to the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Economic Council for Africa (UNECA) , addressed to all embassies and permanent missions in Addis Ababa.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria has withdrawn the candidacy of Ambassador Yonov Fredrick AGAH for election to the position of Director- General of the World Traded Organisatio. In this regards, Mission also wishes to inform that His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the nomination of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala to replace Ambassador AGAH, as Nigerian candidate for the positoion of Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), for the term 2021- 2025 at the elections scheduled to hold in Geneva, Switzerland in 2021.

“The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Permanent Mission to the African Union (AU) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) avails itself of the opportunity to renew all Embassies and Permanent Mission in Addis Ababa,” the statement read.

Nigeria therefore call for the support of esteemed AU member states as well as permanent missions and embassies in Addis Ababa in favour of the candidacy of Okonjo-Iweala.

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