By BONIFACE OKORO, Umuahia
The Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, and his predecessor Senator Theodore Ahamefula Orji, (Abia Central Senatorial District), have hailed the emergence of Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
In separate statements, the two poured encomiums on the new DG of WTO and eulogized her as a source of pride to the people of Abia.
In a message, Ikpeazu’s Chief Press Secretary, Onyebuchi Ememanka, described Okonjo-Iweala as “history maker, pace setter and powerful pathfinder for the women folk on the global scene.”
The message noted that her “emergence as the first woman ever and the first African to hold this very lofty position is clear testimony to her brilliance, tenacity, experience and wide acceptance across international borders.
“This is yet another evidence that excellence and hard work have their rewards, even at the highest level.”
The statement noted that Ikpeazu was particularly delighted “because Okonjo-Iweala is an Abia woman by virtue of her marriage to Dr. Iweala from Umuda Isingwu, in Umuahia North LGA.”
Recalling her giant strides as Minister of Finance, Ikpeazu expressed confidence that Okonjo-Iweala will bring to bear on her new assignment, “her depth of international experience and unassailable credentials in global economic development.”
Senator Orji said the feat was not a surprise as Okonjo-Iweala’s track record presented her as one the world can reckon with.
The elated Senator said “Okonjor-Iweala has all it takes to steer the ship of international trade to what the organization should be.”
In a statement by his Chief Liaison Officer, Ifeanyi Umere, the Senator, while congratulating her on behalf of his Senatorial zone,
stated that Okonjo-Iweala would again, write her name in gold “on this duty call.”