President Buhari Inaugurates WTO Campaign team for Okonjo-Iweala

President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has commissioned a campaign strategy team for Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala who is vying for the position of Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

This comes over a week after the former Finance Minister had called on volunteers to help out with her campaign which required a lot of resources.

Nigeria’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Richard Adeniyi Adebayo, who represented the president at the inauguration ceremony said the setting up of a Campaign Strategy team was key in ensuring that the Nigerian candidate emerges as the Director-General of WTO.

The Minister noted that the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to nominate Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala as Nigeria’s candidate for the position of Director-General of WTO was taken in good faith, given the overriding consideration of the need to host Africa’s chance and for the promotion of gender mainstreaming at the world’s top trade post.

He expressed optimism that the Nigerian candidate would emerge as the next Director-General of WTO, based on her capabilities and wealth of experience at the highest level of the World Bank as a Development Economist, Diplomat and one of Africa’s most trusted technocrats.

According to Adebayo, “An eminently qualified candidate in the position of Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala with proven leadership, bold reformer, a illful negotiator with abilities to broker numerous agreements that would promote fair trade should be selected for the position of the Director General of the WTO.

“I am confident that Dr. Ngozi Okonjo – Iweala possesses the qualities to lead the most important global multilateral body.”

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