The nomination of Nigeria's former finance minister as DG of the World Trade Organisation has been approved by President Buhari.
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the nomination of former Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as Nigeria’s nominee for the position of Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
The revelation was made on Thursday in a document released to the media.
The president also withdrew the candidacy of Yonov Frederick Agah, Nigeria’s permanent representative to WTO, for the position.
The election is scheduled for Geneva, Switzerland in 2021, 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embassies and permanent missions in Addis Ababa and has the honour to inform that the Federal Government of Nigeria has withdrawn the candidacy of Ambassador Yonov Frederick Agah for election to the position of Director-General of the WTO.
“In this regard, Mission also wishes to inform that his Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the nomination of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to replace Ambassador Agah, as Nigeria’s candidacy for the position of the Director General of the WTO.
“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,” the document read.