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Okonjo-Iweala: Congrats to Global candidate of Nigerian descent- Akobundu 



Joel Ajayi 

The emergence of Dr. Okonjo-Iweala as Director-General, World Trade Organisation (WTO) is a global turnaround, indicating universal acceptance of her emergence, says Princess Gloria Akobundu,  National Coordinator/Chief  Executive Officer,  African Union Development Agency- New Partnership for Africa’s Development/African Peer Review Mechanism ( AUDA-NEPAD/APRM),Nigeria.

Akobundu made this known in reaction to the confirmation of Okonjo-Iweala as the D-G of WTO on Monday, 15th February. 

In a statement signed  by the  Media Assistant to NC/CEO, AUDA-NEPAD/APRM Nigeria Abolade Ogundimu on Wednesday in Abuja. 

According to AUDA-NEPAD Boss, it is the dawn of a new era in global Trade amid COVID-19 pandemic as WTO just proved its passion to transcend the basics by electing a woman and an African for the first time.

“Since the establishment of WTO in 1995, the Organisation has never had a female boss, neither an African but it has further shown the world that it wasn’t deliberate because it just considered our own Dr.Ngozi  Okonjo-Iweala for the D-G post.

“Posterity will be grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari(GCFR) for promoting global development by identifying and supporting competent Nigerians for Continental and global bodies’ topmost jobs.

“Her emergence and eventual confirmation further re-affirms President Buhari’s conviction that Nigeria has a lot to offer in continental and global development. 

“Okonjo-Iweala’s competence for such global responsibility is  never in doubt,  having proven her mettle as Managing Director in World Bank while she also served two times as Nigeria’s Minister of Finance with impeccable achievements. 

“Through dilligence and providence, she chattered the perceived double coated glass-ceillings in WTO by becoming the first female and first African to assume its topmost position.

“Nigeria is proud of you, Africa is proud of you and the global women fold is so much proud of you as the latest D-G of WTO,” she said.

AUDA-NEPAD Boss then called on young Nigerians especially, the females, to always be diligent and extraordinary in their chosen vocation and dream of getting to the top.

“Impossibility and possibility live in human mind, the one  you nurture most come to fruition except God has a better plan, I enjoin Nigerian younger ones to be hardworking and keep hope alive for success.

“Our future leaders should be diligent and disciplined in whatever they do and be hopeful that someday leadership become their lot, irrespective of their gender, tribe or religion. Competence and capacity are major keys to success,” she counseled. 

Akobundu therefore wished the new Boss of WTO a meritorious tenure in office while urging global cooperation with the new Management.

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Guber 2023: APC Youths Summon Akan Udofia



…Warn Habitual Candidates To Stay Off


A Coalition of All Progressives Congress Youth in Akwa Ibom State has called on billionaire oil magnate, Mr. Akanimo Udofia, to consider contesting for governorship of the State come 2023 on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC.

Mr. Udofia is the CEO/Managing Director, Desicon Engineering Limited, an engineering, procurement and construction services company, one of the major service providers in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. He was rumoured recently to have joined partisan politics on the platform of APC.

The APC youth coalition, which is an amalgamation of major political youth groups in the main opposition party in the State, made this call last Sunday, during its inaugural meeting at Akwa Ibom Renaissance Secretariat, Ewet Housing Estate, Uyo.

In his welcome remarks, Mr. Anthony Bassey, the leader of Akwa Ibom Renaissance, urged youths to close ranks and objectively weighed antecedents of every intending governorship aspirant against the collective dreams of Akwa Ibom people.

He said the era of use and dump politics is over as youths are determined to assert themselves and get involved in every aspect of state development from electioneering to governance, adding that the decision to call on Mr. Akanimo Udofia to contest the 2023 governorship election in the State was reflective of current expectations of Akwa Ibom youths.

Governor Udom Emmanuel (l) with Mr. Akanimo Udofia (m) and Senator Godswill Akpabio (r) during an award presentation ceremony in 2018.

A communique from the group, made available to The Guide Newspapers further strengthened this position, which was reached after a reassessment of the chances of the party and the desires of the younger generation to raise the ante of governance in the State and Nigeria as a whole come 2023 and beyond.

Giving reasons for its choice of Udofia, the group stated that “the State at this time is in dire need of a governor whom the people can look up from his past and current development drive and economic pursuits and connections within and around the Nation and the world and can easily attract industries, capital investment and strong capacity and ability to harness his personal resources and wealth of business acumen to the wealth and resources of the State for the general good of all irrespective of party lines, religious affinity, social status and inclinations; a detribalized Akwa Ibomite, a national and internationally known and recognized figure who could break even at any stage in the world for the good of the State.”

It continued that “after a thorough, painstaking soul search, we have come to the inescapable conclusion and we vouch for MR. AKANIMO UDOFIA as such a person that possesses all the earlier listed qualities, credibility and charisma that will give us victory with ease and will not be a disappointment to our great party and state come 2023.

“His aspiration will boost our chances and help to add quality and value to our primaries and general Elections come 2023. We hereby extend the call to our illustrious and distinguished son to contest the 2023 general election as Governor of Akwa Ibom state.”

Mr. Anthony Bassey, addressing representatives of APC youth groups in the State during the meeting at Akwa Ibom Renaissance Secretariat, Uyo, last Sunday.

The youth coalition acknowledged President Mohammed Buhari’s efforts to enhance APC’s political capital in the State through various appointments of party chieftains in his government, which sadly failed to bring about notable political gain to the party hence it admonished [federal political appointees] to harmoniously work together to foster the positive nest of political gains in Akwa Ibom State.

Furthermore, the group warned habitual governorship candidates in the party to take a break and embrace change, noting that from past contests they have tested their popularity and known their strength “we also have come to know in real political participation paradigm their strengths and weaknesses hence we appreciate all they have built for the party and their followers’ strength at each congresses and general elections notwithstanding.

“It is our earnest position that owing to their antecedents and precedents in past elections we note that if they continue to work together and see more of the party good and push forward an acceptable more credible, younger, youth friendly candidate and push same for presentation to the Akwa Ibom people, it will be very easy for our great party to take over government”. The group posited.

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