The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has affirmed his support for the candidacy of Nigeria’s former Finance Minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the Director-General of World Trade Organisation (WTO), noting that her competence and experience as a renowned economist and international development expert make her eminently suited for the WTO top job.
In a statement, Obaseki described the former minister as a global icon with proven leadership skills that the WTO requires to chart a new course for global trade, amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The governor urged the United States to align with Nigeria and other nations of the world to support the candidacy of the renowned economist, as she has shown over time to possess the requisite temperament, skill-set and experience needed to lead the global trade body.
According to Obaseki, “As a two-time minister in Nigeria, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, with proven leadership skills, left indelible marks as an astute manager of the nation’s economy and resources.
“She has in time past spearheaded several World Bank initiatives as a former Managing Director (Operations) and possesses the bundle of skills and experience required for the new role.
“In the light of the coronavirus pandemic, she would bring her experience as the board chair of GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, in negotiating the right deals to deliver vaccines, build stronger alliances to promote multilateral trade and instill needed discipline to advance development of developing economies so as to address trade imbalance.”
The governor added: “Having garnered the overwhelming support of the WTO’s 164 members, Okonjo-Iweala has moved a step closer to becoming the first woman and the first African to be director general of the global trade watchdog in its 25-year history.”