Following great feats achieved by the former Minister of Finance, Okonjo-Iweala, the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) has urged women across Africa to take a cue from her life.
NAWOJ made this disclosure while reacting to the emergence of the former Minister as the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
CSONews24 had earlier on Monday, reported that Okonjo Iweala was on Monday confirmed the first woman to head the organization.
But NAWOJ while speaking advised women across Africa to strive for the best like the former Minister.
NAWOJ in a statement signed by its National President, Comrade Ladi Bala congratulated Okonjo Iweala on her emergence.
Bala described the appointment as a feat that is worthy of commendation.
The NAWOJ President in a statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday, added that it is imperative for women, especially in Africa, to borrow a leaf from Okonjo-Iweala by becoming the best in their chosen endeavours.
She said, “Dr Okonjo-Iweala, who is also the first African to attain this noble feat, is a distinguished woman of substance with impeccable and unequalled records of accomplishment in economic management and related components at the global stage.
“NAWOJ describes the former Finance Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as the Pride of Women in the struggle for gender inclusiveness and development.
“The association is satisfied that Dr. Okonjo-Iweala has broken the glass ceiling and interrupted the age-long history of over 70 years by becoming the first woman, African and black person to head the prestigious organization, a novel history the world and Africa will cherish for many generations to come.
“Taking into cognizance her professional disposition to issues and achievements recorded in all the organizations she headed in the past, especially as a one-time Coordinator of the Economy and Minister of Finance in Nigeria, NAWOJ is optimistic of a rebranded World Trade Organization that will proffer achievable solutions to the challenges confronting economies of countries of the world.
“Consequently, it is imperative for women, especially in Africa, to borrow a leaf from Dr. Okonjo-Iweala by becoming the best in their chosen endeavours to strengthen the narrative of gender inclusion and a better society.”