By Ngozi Ekhator
Former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has described WTO’s new DG and Nigeria’s Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as an apostle of free trade.
Atiku in a congratulatory to the new DG over appointment reaffirmed that her emergence had further underscored his earlier testimonial about her as the most qualified candidate for the job.
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Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Okonjo Iweala is a woman I know very well, because we worked at close quarters between 2003 and 2007, when she served in our administration in various capacities, most notably as Finance Minister.
It is not hyperbole when I say that no one could be more qualified for the job of Director General of the World Trade Organisation than her, and I congratulate her for her success at being the first female and African DG of the WTO.
She is an apostle of free trade and an astute manager of people and resources, and the world will be a much more prosperous place by her elevation to this enviable height.
As the world prepares to emerge from the global pandemic of COVID19, the planet needs a steady hand at the wheel, to drive global trade, and rebuild from the devastation wrought by the virus. We would not need someone who thinks they can pull this off. We would need someone who has actually and serially pulled it off before. And that person has emerged.
Ngozi, Africa and Nigeria are proud of you and my family and I are full of joy at your victory. Go to Geneva and make us proud, as we know you will.
Congratulations once again and may God bless your tenure.
Vice President of Nigeria,1999-2007