In an impactful home-coming to Nigeria, Amina Mohammed, the reappointed Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations has visited various strategic organizations, making a remarkable impact in the process, including reassuring the Niger Delta region of UN’s support, the opening of a skills acquisition center in Gombe State and a visit to the SDG office.
Reiterating the UN’s commitment to the Niger Delta region when she paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. GodswillAkpabio, the Deputy Secretary-General said the issue of the Niger Delta region is at the heart of the UN, and everything would be done within the UN program to address all issues affecting the community.
She also used the visit to recognize the productive efforts of both the Federal Government and the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs in dealing with the Niger Delta region.
Responding, Akpabio said that, Niger Delta, known to be the most tranquil zone in Nigeria, through the Federal Government, is making move to partner with the UN in order to sustain the calmness currently enjoyed in the region, as well as engage in an enlightenment campaign in both Primary and Secondary schools to educate young people on the significance of peaceful coexistence.
The Minister also spoke about the new program the Ministry has just developed, “Catch them young” where young people in Primary and Secondary schools are enlightened on the importance of peace and the dangers of destroying oil installations, which has a serious impact on the ecosystem and the nation’s economy
A few days earlier, Ms. Mohammed had inaugurated an acquisition center in Gombe State, in commemoration of her 60th birthday. The project which was built by the National Office of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in collaboration with the Gombe State Government, was named after Amina Mohammed.
Speaking during the inauguration, Amina called on women to make use of the center to gain novel skills whose value would enhance their lives. She further mentioned that the center serves the purpose of enabling women to be self-reliant instead of waiting for white-collar jobs. “Utilize the opportunity, learn skills and become permanent employers of labor in the future,’ she said.
Commending Amina, GovenorYahaya said her commitment towards improving the youth and women of the state will always be evergreen. “Only God knows where it would end, your contribution and service to humanity has no bound and would be here with us till eternity,” he said.
The Deputy Secretary-General also paid a courtesy call to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Princess AdejokeOrelope-Adefulire. It was an office that Amina once occupied few years before her appointment as Minister of Environment from where she was appointed as Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Speaking during the visit, the Deputy UN Sec. Gen. commended the efforts of Princess Adejoke and her creative plan towards achieving the 2030 Agenda through various assistance to the poor and support for the many laudable government programs.
In her response, Orelope described Amina as a role model whose record at the SDG office would not be forgotten in a hurry.
“You were instrumental in setting a standard institutional framework, leaving a lasting legacy which aided the transition to the SDGs in Nigeria. I commend you for your incredible leadership as SSAP-SDGs; and at the global level, for your coordination efforts on the transition, as the Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning”.