Victory for Nigeria As Amina Mohammed Gets Re-appointed As UN Deputy Secretary-General

Victory for Nigeria As Amina Mohammed Gets Re-appointed As UN Deputy Secretary-General

  • Nigerians continue to do the nation proud on the international stage across virtually all sectors in the world
  • One of such Nigerians is the deputy secretary-general of the United Nations who has been reappointed for a second term of five years
  • Mrs. Mohammed has served in various capacities in Nigeria and contributed immensely to the development of the country

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New York - Nigeria’s Amina Mohammed has been re-appointed as deputy secretary-general of the United Nations, The Punch newspaper reports.

António Guterres on Friday, June 18 asked Mohammed to serve as the UN's deputy secretary-general for a second term, shortly after the UN General Assembly re-appointed him for a second term.

Amina Mohammed
Amina Mohammed will serve as the UN Deputy Secretary-General for another five years. Photo credit: Jesús Prieto/Europa Press
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Guterres’ second term starts on January 1, 2022, and will run for a period of five years. He succeeded Ban Ki-moon in January 2017 as the ninth secretary-general.

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Amina Mohammed, a Nigerian, but a global citizen

While speaking with journalists after taking the oath of office for a second term, he said has extended an offer to Mohammed to continue in office.

His words:

“After being elected, I have the pleasure to invite the deputy secretary-general to remain in my second mandate and I hope she will accept.”

Mohammed, who was standing behind Guterres at the press briefing, responded with the comment “absolute honour.”

An intimidating profile

ThisDay newspaper reports that Mohammed had also served as the special adviser to Ban Ki-moon on post-2015 development planning, which focused on the 2030 agenda for sustainable development goals.

Previously, she was Nigeria’s minister of environment from 2015 to 2016.

In January 2017, Guterres announced his intention to appoint Mohammed deputy secretary-general of the United Nations.

Meanwhile, the wife of Akwa Ibom state governor, Mrs Martha Udom Emmanuel, has bagged the “Champion of Sustainable Development Goals” award of the UN, conferred on her by Guterres.

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The award was conferred on her for using her position and non-governmental platform, Family Empowerment and Youth Reorientation Path-Initiative, FEYReP, to advance the cause of women and children in the state.

The award was conferred on the First Lady by the UN official through his Nigerian representative, the Resident Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr Edward Kallon, who led a high-powered delegation of the organization on a courtesy visit to the governor’s wife at Government House, Uyo.

In a related development, the First Lady of Osun state, Mrs. Kafayat Oyetola has been unanimously elected as the chairperson of the Southern Governors Wives Forum.

A statement sent to by the media office of Mrs. Oyetola on Tuesday, June 8 revealed that she was elected at the meeting of the forum held in Abuja.

Mrs. Oyetola replaces the First Lady of Edo state, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, whose tenure ended on the same day.


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