By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) on Tuesday congratulated Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala on her emergence as the first female Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
NAWOJ in a congratulatory signed by its National President, Mrs Ladi Bala described the emergence of Dr Okonjo Iweala as a feat that is worthy of commendation.
The association pointed out that Dr Okonjo-Iweala, being the first African to attain this noble feat, stands “as a distinguished woman of substance with impeccable and unequalled records of accomplishment in economic management and related components at the global stage”.
Emphasizing that the former Finance Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is the Pride of Women in the struggle for gender inclusiveness and development, NAWOJ expressed satisfaction that Dr. Okonjo-Iweala has broken the glass ceiling and interrupted the age long history of over 70 years by becoming the first woman, African and black person to head the prestigious organization, a novel history the world and Africa will cherish for many generations to come.
“Taking into cognizance her professional disposition to issues and achievements recorded in all the organizations she headed in the past, especially as one time Coordinator of the Economy and Minister of Finance in Nigeria, NAWOJ is optimistic of a rebranded World Trade Organization that will proffer achievable solutions to the challenges confrontingeconomies of countries of the world”, it said.
Applauding the support of stakeholders in nominating Dr. Okonjo-Iweala and President Muhammadu Buhari for standing by her in the struggle, the association calls on the new sheriff to promote women entrepreneurship in E-economy and digital world.
“Consequently, it is imperative for women, especially in Africa, to borrow a leaf from Dr Okonjo -Iweala by becoming the best in their chosen endeavours to strengthen the narrative of gender inclusion and a better society.”
NAWOJ then wished “Dr Okonjo Iweala the new face of African pride and Director General, World Trade Organization (DG, WTO) a successful tenure and God’s guidance.”