On Thursday 4 June, TheCable reported that FG withdrew the candidacy of Yonov Federick Agah for the position of WTO Director-General.
Agah is currently Nigeria’s permanent representative to the WTO and the organisation’s deputy director-general.
This follows the nomination of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, former
Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance ( 2003 – 2006) and (2011 – 2015) under the leadership of President Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan respectively, for the same position.
The election is scheduled to hold in Geneva, Switzerland in 2021 for a four-year term that would span from 2021 to 2025 after Director-General Roberto Azevedo, stepped down a year to the end of his second term.
Okonjo Iweala also sits on the boards of Standard Chartered Bank, Twitter, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, and the African Risk Capacity and was a former managing director (operations) at the World Bank.
“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.”