President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the candidate of Nigeria for the position of Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
In a document sighted by Okay.ng on Thursday, Buhari withdrew the earlier nomination of Yonov Frederick Agah, Nigeria’s permanent representative to WTO, for the position, and replacement with that of Okonjo-Iweala for the term 2021-2024.
Election into the office is due to hold in Geneva, Switzerland in 2021.
The document read: “The embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and permanent mission to the African Union (AU) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) presents compliments to all embassies and permanent missions in Addis Ababa and has the honour to inform that the Federal Government of Nigeria has withdrawn the candidacy of Ambassador Yonov Frederick Agah for election to the position of director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
“Nigeria is therefore pleased to request the support of esteemed AU member states as well as permanent missions and embassies in Addis Ababa in favour of the candidacy of Okonjo-Iweala.”
The above document was sent by Embassy of Nigeria and Permanent Mission to the African Union and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, to all embassies and permanent missions in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.