President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Adamu Abdulhamid as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The letter announcing the appointment of Abdulhamid was contained in a letter sent by the Office of the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, to the Minister of Industry Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo.
This was contained in a statement titled, ‘PMB Appoints New Nigeria’s Ambassador to WTO’, issued by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, on Wednesday.
“The President, Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the appointment of Dr. Adamu Mohammed Abdulhamid, as Nigeria’s new Ambassador to the World Trade Organization, Geneva Switzerland for a period of four years”.
Adebayo charged the new ambassador to work together with the Director-General of the Organization, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, members of WTO and other international Irganizations, including the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, International Trade Centre, and World Intellectual Property Organization to move Nigeria’s trade to the next level in the global organization.
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Before his appointment, Abdulhamid was the Acting Head, Chargé d’ Affaires of Nigeria Trade Office to the WTO, Geneva, Switzerland.
He has also been in charge of government officials responsible to coordinate with international and national donors.
He also served as the National transit coordinator. He is known for his industry and resourcefulness.
His appointment is to take immediate effect, with a three weeks induction in Geneva and one week of full orientation
He is to work closely with the D-G, WTO to create a good synergy between the WTO and Nigeria, although we stand a better chance of having maximum benefits since the D-G is our own Dr. Okonjo.
He will be giving regular reports to the Minister for Trade and Investment as well as President Buhari and to keep tabs with evolving technology-oriented business events around the world.