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    WTO: Ex-Liberian president commends Buhari for nominating Okonjo-Iweala

WTO: Ex-Liberian president commends Buhari for nominating Okonjo-Iweala

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former Liberian president, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for nominating Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as a candidate for the office of the director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). In a tweet on Wednesday, Sirleaf, a Nobel laureate, commended Buhari for putting the former minister of finance forward for the position. https://twitter.com/MaEllenSirleaf/status/1270659481664466944?s=20 When Buhari endorsed Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) top job, Egypt went [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Egypt wants Okonjo-Iweala disqualified from WTO top job

EXCLUSIVE: Egypt wants Okonjo-Iweala disqualified from WTO top job

Egypt has requested that Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala's nomination to contest for the office of the director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) should not be recognised. It said member states of the African Union (AU) had been required to nominate candidates for the director-general position by November 30, 2019 -- over five months ago. TheCable had reported on Thursday that President Muhammadu Buhari approved [...]

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    Buhari nominates Okonjo-Iweala for WTO DG position

Buhari nominates Okonjo-Iweala for WTO DG position

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the nomination of Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, former coordinating minister for the economy, for the position of director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), TheCable can report. In a document seen by TheCable on Thursday, Buhari withdrew the candidacy of Yonov Frederick Agah, Nigeria's permanent representative to WTO, for the same position. The election is scheduled to hold in Geneva, [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala named WHO COVID-19 special envoy — fourth appointment in two months

Okonjo-Iweala named WHO COVID-19 special envoy — fourth appointment in two months

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has named Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria's former minister of finance, a special envoy for the newly inaugurated Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) accelerator. She is to serve alongside Andrew Witty, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline, in the same capacity. The duo is expected to mobilise international commitment to the initiative. Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, announced the appointments during the launch of [...]

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    ‘A friend misled me’ — Okonjo-Iweala admits error in ‘Rwanda’ picture

‘A friend misled me’ — Okonjo-Iweala admits error in ‘Rwanda’ picture

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance, says the focus of the picture she shared earlier in the day was on  on the safe way of handling food distribution during the outbreak of COVID-19.  The former minister had on Wednesday shared a picture showing bags of grains, kegs of oil and other food items packed in sacks and were arranged in well-spaced [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala appointed member NOT head of SA’s economic council

Okonjo-Iweala appointed member NOT head of SA’s economic council

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, two-time Nigerian minister, has been appointed as a member South Africa's presidential economic advisory council. Clarification sought by TheCable from close parties to the economist revealed that she is a member of the council, not the head as being reported on social media. The council is chaired by Cyril Ramaphosa, the South African president. Pictures shared on Twitter by the official [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala: If I’m depressed, I just talk to young people

Okonjo-Iweala: If I’m depressed, I just talk to young people

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former finance minister, says the Nigerian youth give her hope. Okonjo-Iweala, a board member of Twitter, said this on Monday while speaking at an event organised by the African University of Science and Technology (AUST) in Abuja. The university hosted Jack Dorsey, chief executive officer (CEO) of Twitter incorporated, and his team The former minister said if she wakes [...]

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    Adoke: I opposed sovereign guarantee for Azura — and I’ve been proved right

Adoke: I opposed sovereign guarantee for Azura — and I’ve been proved right

Nigeria should not have issued a sovereign guarantee that allowed a private company, Azura Power, access World Bank loan because it broke a standing rule, a former attorney-general of the federation has said. In his memoirs, “Burden of Service: The Reminiscences of Nigeria’s Former Attorney-General”, Adoke said the decision not to give guarantees on behalf of private companies was taken by [...]

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    OBITUARY: Okonjo, the expert who lectured in Soviet Union and touched many lives in his kingdom

OBITUARY: Okonjo, the expert who lectured in Soviet Union and touched many lives in his kingdom

If not for politics, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former minister of finance, would have become president of the World Bank. Oh well, this is the sentiment of Chukwuka Okonjo, her father, who passed away on Friday at the age of 91.  Indeed, at some point, there were speculations his daughter, who had risen to the number two position at the institution, could [...]

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    Chukuka, renowned mathematician and father of Okonjo-Iweala, dies at 91

Chukuka, renowned mathematician and father of Okonjo-Iweala, dies at 91

Chukuka Okonjo, father of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance, has died at the age of 91. In a statement on Friday, the former minister said her father passed on in Lagos soon after he arrived from a trip to the United States and Ghana.  The late professor was a renowned mathematician and was the immediate past obi of Ogwashi-Uku, Delta state.  “We are [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala: Like Dangote, AU passport didn’t give me visa-free entry into all African countries

Okonjo-Iweala: Like Dangote, AU passport didn’t give me visa-free entry into all African countries

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance, has backed Aliko Dangote, Africa's richest man, on the need to rectify issues with the African Union passport. Okonjo-Iweala, showing appreciation to some African countries, explained that the unifying passport did not guarantee her visa-free entry into all African countries. Speaking in Abidjan over the weekend, Dangote said he, and a few other people, have got the African [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala: China’s help in building Africa’s infrastructure is important

Okonjo-Iweala: China’s help in building Africa’s infrastructure is important

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance, says the assistance China is rendering to African countries in building infrastructure is important. In an opinion published in Financial Times, Okonjo-Iweala, who is now the co-chair of the Global Commission on the Economy & Climate, said the concern about Africa's rising debt profile is real. "The concern about Africa’s rising debt profile is real. According [...]

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    Amina Mohammed: Okonjo-Iweala helped get Nigeria out of debt, but we are back there

Amina Mohammed: Okonjo-Iweala helped get Nigeria out of debt, but we are back there

Amina Mohammed, the deputy secretary-general of the United Nations (UN), says Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, two-time minister of finance, spent years to get Nigeria out of debt, but the country is now back to worrying levels of debt.  Speaking at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the UN Working Together Conversation monitored by TheCable on Tuesday, the former minister of environment in Nigeria [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala: Fighting climate change can add $26trn to global economy

Okonjo-Iweala: Fighting climate change can add $26trn to global economy

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, co-chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, says fighting climate change can add $26 trillion to the world economy by 2030. The former Nigerian minister of finance said addressing climate change issues could generate more than 65 million new low-carbon jobs and avoid more than 700,000 premature deaths from air pollution. Speaking at the 2018 Global Commission [...]

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    Bakare: I worked with Jonathan, Buhari in 2015… but Nigeria on a collision course again

Bakare: I worked with Jonathan, Buhari in 2015… but Nigeria on a collision course again

Tunde Bakare, the serving overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly (LRA), says he worked with former president Goodluck Jonathan and President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure Nigeria escaped disintegration in 2015. Speaking in Glasgow, UK, to the African forum Scotland and the Association of Nigerians in Scotland, the fiery preacher warned that Nigeria was on a collision course again as the 2019 elections [...]

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    ‘Our leaders failed to recongise you but God is lifting you up’ — reactions to Okonjo-Iweala’s Twitter appointment

‘Our leaders failed to recongise you but God is lifting you up’ — reactions to Okonjo-Iweala’s Twitter appointment

On Thursday, Omid Kordestani, executive chairman of Twitter, announced that Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former minister of finance, has been appointed to the board of directors of the micro blogging site. The two-time finance minister was appointed alongside Robert Zoellick, chairman, board of directors of AllianceBernstein Holding, a global investment management firm. "Pleased to welcome @NOIweala and @authorzoellick to the @twitter Board!," Kordestani [...]

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