Delta excited over Okonjo-Iweala’s WTO breakthrough as Gov Okowa urges her to bring pride and honour to Nigeria


By Kasarachi Azuka, Asaba

Delta State is agog as their daughter, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala emerged the Director-General of the prestigious World Trade Organization. Citizens have been congratulating each other especially through social media platforms. They see the development as the emergence of the girl-child in Delta State.

Capturing the mood of the people of the state, the state governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, Monday, February 15, 2021, expressed excitement over the development and urged their daughter to bring pride and honour to Delta State and Nigeria.

Okonjo-Iweala is an illustrious Deltan from Ogwashi-Uku and a two-time Minister of Finance, who led Nigeria’s economy to exit foreign debt obligations during her first term under former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

In a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, Okowa said that he was elated to hear of the successful emergence of Okonjo-Iweala as WTO boss after a very highly competitive and protracted process.

He described Okonjo-Iweala as a brilliant, competent, world-class economist and international development expert whose works over the years had distinguished her globally.

The governor stated that the appointment of Okonjo-Iweala had broken the 24-year-old jinx of a female becoming head of the WTO, adding that she was the first African to lead the global trade body in its 25-year history.

“I am excited to hear of the emergence of our illustrious daughter, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.

“Your appointment is indeed, a testament to your competence and experience as a renowned economist and international development expert.

“You went through a very rigorous and competitive process to emerge as the new head at the WTO.

“On behalf of my family, the Government and people of Delta, I congratulate a worthy ambassador of Delta and Nigeria, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on the recognition and appointment.

“As you take on this distinguishing assignment at the big global stage again, I pray and urge you to re-enact that which you have always done – bringing pride and honour to Delta and Nigeria.

“It is without doubt that your pedigree and impeccable footprints in monetary and economic administration in Nigeria and at the World Bank stood you out for this global assignment.

“As you continue in this remarkable trajectory, we wish you success as you mount this new saddle,” he stated.

….. As Rivers says world has entered new epoch

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, says the world has entered in a new epoch with the appointment of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Governor Wike, in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, said the appointment of Dr Okonjo-Iweala , a one time Minister of Finance and Chairman of President Goodluck Jonathan Economic Team to lead the WTO, is beacon of hope for Nigeria.

The Rivers State governor said he is confident that Dr Okonjo-Iweala, who has distinguished herself as a renowned economist, and contributed to the economic successes of many nations, will usher in a new era in the WTO.

He stated the new Director General of the WTO throughout her career both at the World Bank and as Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, had consistently demonstrated an exceptional taste for transparency, and passion for equity.

“Having served in the Federal Executive Council with Dr Okonjo-Iweala, I am confident that she will remain committed to her principles of transparency, accountability and equity, which the world is yearning for.

“On behalf of the Government and people of Rivers State, I also take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt congratulations to you as a beacon of hope for our dear nation.