The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) have congratulated Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on her emergence as the first female Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), a feat that is worthy of commendation.
Dr Okonjo-Iweala, who is also the first African to attain this noble feat, is a distinguished woman of substance with an impeccable and unequalled track record in economic management and related components at the world stage.
NAWOJ describes the former Finance Minister as the pride of women in the struggle for gender inclusiveness and development.
In a statement signed by the NAWOJ’s National President, Ladi Bala, the association said it “is satisfied 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 organisation, a novel history the world and Africa will cherish for many generations to come.
“Taking into cognisance her professional disposition to issues and achievements recorded in all the organisations she headed in the past especially as a one-time Coordinator of the Economy and Minister of Finance in Nigeria, NAWOJ is optimistic of a rebranded World Trade Organisation that will proffer achievable solutions to the challenges confronting
economies of countries of the world.
“While applauding the support of stakeholders for nominating Dr Okonjo-Iweala and President Muhammadu Buhari for standing by her in the struggle, NAWOJ 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 Okonjo-Iweala by becoming the best in their chosen endeavours to strengthen the narrative of gender inclusion and better society.
“NAWOJ wishes the new face of African pride and DG WTO a successful tenure and God’s guidance,” the statement read.