The recent confirmation of the appointment of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the first female and first African to be the Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has been described as a “resounding conquest of the world.”
The former finance minister has also been applauded for her professional and ethical perseverance despite opposition by the immediate past US administration of President Donald Trump which opposed her emergence as the DG of the WTO.
The Senator representing Okonjo-Iweala’s constituency of Abia Central Senatorial District, Senator Theodore Orji, said the doggedness of the former Nigeria finance minister ensured she clinched the prime role finally.
The lawmaker said her appointment is a “good lesson for our women and the entire nation that if you insist on doing the right thing, the world at large would obey you.”
He also noted that the “world acclaimed appointment and elevation didn’t come easy as she has persevered professionally and ethically insisted on adopting the basic principles as the only route to progress and success.”
He further expressed confidence at her achievements, adding that “I am not surprised that she got this far considering her antecedents. Having served as a two-time finance minister, veering into the foreign affairs with spectacular innovations like rebasing the Nigerian economy and transparently engineering debt reliefs not forgetting other superlative engagements with the World Bank, there was no other direction to go except forward as the gold fish has no hiding place.
“Her awards from too many world organizations like Forbes, Time Magazine, Newsweek and numerous others speak volumes and I cannot but say congratulations, Abia woman of Excellence.”