The Nigerian President, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the nomination of the former coordinating minister for the economy Mrs Ngozi Okonjo Iweala for the position of director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
This development was made known iIn a document seen address to African Union member leaders by the president and with this development Buhari had to withdraw the candidacy of Yonov Frederick Agah, Nigeria’s permanent representative to WTO, for the same position.
Meanwhile the election is scheduled to hold in Geneva, Switzerland in 2021 for a four-year term that would run from 2021 to 2025 after Roberto Azevedo, former director-general of the organisation stepped down a year to the end of his second term.
“The embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and permanent mission to the African Union (AU) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) presents compliments to all embassies and permanent missions in Addis Ababa and has the honour to inform that the Federal Government of Nigeria has withdrawn the candidacy of Ambassador Yonov Frederick Agah for election to the position of director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO),” the letter reads in parts.
“Nigeria is therefore pleased to request 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.”
Though Agah is Nigeria’s permanent representative to the WTO and WTO’s deputy director-general but Okonjo-Iweala currently chairs the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), a public-private global health partnership with the goal of increasing access to immunisation in poor countries.
She also sits on the board of Twitter and is a former managing director (operations) at the World Bank.
Like three months ago, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa appointed her a member of the country’s economic advisory council.