Okonjo-Iweala: EU reiterates support for former Minister over WTO role

Okonjo-Iweala: EU reiterates support for former Minister over WTO role

President Muhammadu Buhari says Europe has reiterated its support for Nigeria’s Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the next Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

This latest development regarding Okonjo-Iweala was revealed in a statement by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.

Adesina said that Buhari confirmed this at the end of a video conference with Mr Charles Michel, President of the European Council, on Friday, October 30, in Abuja.

1st News reports that the president is leading Nigeria’s campaign; for Okonjo-Iweala, the country’s former Minister of Finance; to emerge as the first black and first female WTO DG.

The Nigerian leader thanked the Council for its support for Nigeria’s candidate.

“Also discussed during the conference were issues bordering on debt relief for Africa; EU-African relations; recharge of the Lake Chad; which has currently shrunk to less than one-third of its usual size; and throwing about 130 million people who depend on the Lake into dire straits,’’ Adesina said.

The recharge of the Lake Chad is an issue the Nigerian President had vigorously canvassed at various global fora in recent times.

Buhari expressed appreciation to Michel for anticipated positive developments on the issues.

Meanwhile, five bullet shell casings were seen by the Lagos Judicial Panel on Friday at the Lekki Tollgate Plaza; the scene of the alleged Oct. 20 shootings of #EndSARS protesters by officers of the Nigerian Army.

1st News gathered that the nine-man Judicial Panel headed by Justice Doris Okuwobi (Rtd) saw the bullet shell casings on Friday, October 30; during a visit to the scene as part of its investigations into the #EndSARS incident.

Earlier in the day, the panel had left the venue of its sitting at the International Court of Arbitration, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, to visit the Tollgate plaza scene of the shootings.

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Also in attendance were: Mr Abayomi Omomuwa, the Managing Director of the Lekki Concession Company (LCC); and Mr Gbolahan Agboluwaje, the Head of the Legal Department of LCC; as well as the media.

Some five bullet casings were seen on the floor; inside the gutter; and also on the stairs of the Tollgate plaza by people present there.

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