Buhari tells Okonjo-Iweala: We’re happy you made It, but you also earned it

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President having a chat with Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala at the State House in Abuja March 15, 2021

ABUJA – President Monday hosted in audience Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, newly -General of the (WTO), telling her that despite the robust support Nigeria gave to her candidacy for the position, “You also earned it. We are happy you made it, but you earned it with your of performance both at and abroad.”

said Dr. Okonjo-Iweala was putting Nigeria the world map, “and I congratulate you, as well as the country. I know you will represent so well.”

President Buhari lauded Nigerian women once again, pointing to key positions they hold like Minister of Finance, Budget and Planning, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, and many others. He said the same way, the government would encourage the youths, “so that they can be ready for the challenges of the future.”

The new WTO DG thanked President Buhari for the pulsating support she received her own country in the race for the position.

“You nominated me, you wrote hundreds of letters, called up hundreds of world . Without your personal and direct , it may not have worked. The of Nigeria also supported me massively. The youths were wonderful, always encouraging, backing me up social media.

“Mr President, the world recognizes what you have done. Since its establishment, only men have led the WTO. Now, a woman has emerged for the first time, and she’s a Nigerian. We are so honoured,” Dr Okonjo-Iweala said.

She apprised of the opportunities for Nigeria in the global organization, as well as the challenges, stressing that “WTO will do to help Nigeria, but we need to add value to our products in order to trade . We should exploit all the opportunities in front of .”

She added that the support and leadership of President Buhari will help her a lot in her position as DG.

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala assumed office on March 1, 2021, as the first female DG of the .