Amina Mohammed assumes office as UN’s deputy scribe

By Joshua Olalekan, Lagos

Nigeria’s former Minister of Environment, Hajia Amina Mohammed has taken an oath of office as deputy secretary-general of the United Nations Organisation.

On hand to lend their support were the governors of Ogun, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and his Borno state counterpart, Alhaji Kashim Shetimma who were among the Nigerian politicians who witnessed the swearing in Mohammed.

Antonio Guterres, Secretary-general of the UN, administered the oath on Mohammed who had served the immediate scribe, Mr. Ban Ki-moon.

She served the immediate Ki-Moon as under-secretary-general and special adviser on post-2015 development planning.

During her stay at the world’s global body, Mohammed was instrumental in bringing about the 2030 agenda for sustainable development, including the sustainable development goals.

Before joining the UN, she worked for three successive administrations in Nigeria, serving as special adviser on millennium development goals.

She provided advice on issues including poverty, public sector reform and sustainable development, and coordinating poverty reduction interventions.

An adjunct professor in Development Practice at Columbia University, Mohammed has served on numerous international advisory boards and panels.

Speaking in Abuja during a valedictory service organised in her honour last week, Mohammed said the development of Nigeria and Africa, will be her priority at UN.

One of the notable projects that the ministry of environment embarked upon under her watch was the flagging off of the cleanup of Ogoni land.

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