Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has congratulated Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on her appointment as the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Onyeama congratulated Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s former Finance Minister, on her appointment via his Twitter handle @geoffreyonyeama on Monday.
He described Okonjo-Iweala’s appointment as well-deserved, being the first woman to occupy the position.
“Warmest congratulations Dr@NOIweala on your well-deserved appointment as the first woman and first African Director-General@WTO.
“Nigeria and Africa are very proud of you,” Onyeama tweeted.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the WTO nominations committee had recommended its 164 members to appoint Okonjo-Iweala as D-G in October 2020.
But former United States President, Donald Trump, opposed her appointment, throwing weight behind South Korea’s Trade Minister, Yoo Myung-hee.
However, the Biden-Harris administration pledged support for her candidature following Yoo’s withdrawal from the race.