THE Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has described the appointment of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on Monday, February 15, 2021 as the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as a feat consistent with her “sterling and inspiring career” having formerly served as an executive of the World bank and as Nigeria’s Minister of Finance on two occasions.

Dr Okonjo-Iweala

In a congratulatory letter signed by its President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, dated 15th February 2021, the day Dr Okonjo-Iweala’s appointment was confirmed by the WTO’s General Council, and announced in Geneva, the NLC said her confirmation as the Director-General confirms the authenticity of her brand and what she brings to the global governance arena.

The letter reads:

“We write to congratulate you on your victory at the election for the position of the Director-General and Head of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Your recent confirmation as the Director-General of the WTO after initial stalling confirms the authenticity of your brand and what you bring to the global governance arena.

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“Your recent feat is only consistent with your sterling and inspiring career as a former World Bank Executive, two-time appointment as Nigeria’s Finance Minister, stint as Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, all enabled by your skills as a sound technocrat and public administrator.

“Furthermore, the fact that you are the first woman, first African and first Nigerian to occupy this exalted position is something to be proud of. Nigerian workers [are] very proud of you and extend their warm felicitations.

“While we wish you success in your new position, please accept the renewed assurances of our highest esteem.”

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