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The United Nations (UN) Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, will begin a four-day working visit to Nigeria and three other West African countries later on Sunday, report says.
According to a statement issued by the UN office in Nigeria, the deputy secretary-general would also lead a delegation of senior officials of the global body to the Niger Republic, Sierra Leone, and Ghana to discuss with the governments and other stakeholders on rebuilding strategies after the devastations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Those who are expected to be in the delegation are the Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union and Head of the UN Office to the African Union, Ms. Hannah Tetteh.
Others are – Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Africa, Ms. Cristina Duarte and the Assistant Administrator, Director, Regional Bureau for Africa, United Nations Development Programme, Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa.
Amina Mohammed, who is Nigeria’s former Minister of Environment, will meet with President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo while in the country. She will also join Osinbajo to launch the “Nigeria UN Plus Offer For Socio-Economic Recovery – 2020 -2022 report says”
The offer is for immediate and medium-term support to the government and people of Nigeria in response to the socio-economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The statement revealed that “she (Mohammed) will also join the Minister of Women Affairs to launch the Generation Equality campaign in Nigeria to raise awareness about the agenda of the Beijing Platform for Action and foster inter-generational exchange and dialogue to empower a new generation of women’s rights activists.”
It will be recalled that Ms. Mohammed calls on all people, but especially men and boys, to stop violence against women and stand alongside “our mothers, our sisters, our daughters, our partners.” Asking all to stand against violence against women. Let’s be clear: Sexual violence – any form of violence – is simply violence. There is no excuse. There is no justification. And there must be zero tolerance. All of us must stand up and speak out.
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK