The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, on Monday formalised his prior announcement that Amina Mohammed of Nigeria will continue in her role as Deputy Secretary-General during his second term for another five years.
In delegating development coordination to Mohammed, Guterres set in motion the most ambitious reform in the history of the UN development system.
Guterres, on June 18, 2021, took the oath of office for his second term five-year term as Secretary-General of the UN, pledging as his priority to continue helping the world chart a course out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
After he took his oath of office, Guterres announced that Mohammed would continue to serve with him for a second term that runs from January 2022 to December 2026.
Mohammed’s leadership helped advance the conceptual shift from the UN that Member States called for in adopting the Sustainable Development Goals.
Over the last five years, the UN Sustainable Development Group was strengthened to enhance global leadership and oversight for development and the UN established a strengthened UN Resident Coordinator system as the foundation of a more effective development system.
Guterres expressed his appreciation for the Deputy Secretary-General’s leadership of the UN Sustainable Development Group and her determination to reinforce collective results and maximise the impact of the UN development’s system on the ground.
Prior to first assuming her role as Deputy Secretary-General in January 2017, Mohammed served as Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Special Adviser to Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, on Post-2015 Development Planning.
Before joining the UN, she worked for three successive administrations in Nigeria, serving as Special Adviser on the Millennium Development Goals, providing advice on issues including poverty, public sector reform and sustainable development, and coordinating poverty reduction interventions.
Multilateral organisations should adopt debt relief initiatives for Africa – Osinbajo
Nigeria’s vice-president, Yemi Osinbajo has stated that multinational organisations should adopt debt relief initiatives that will not affect Africa’e growth.
This was stated on Friday by Osinbajo while delivering a special address at the virtual edition of the 2022 World Economic Forum.
He was chosen to deliver one of the 12 special addresses at this year’s event.
Laolu Akande, Osinbajo’s spokesperson, quoted the vice-president as saying: “the creation of $650 billion in new Special Drawing Rights last year was a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done to enable African and other developing countries to access the SDRs that are not needed or being used by developed or emerging economies.”
He also urged multilateral organisations to consider the huge obligations placed on African countries and adopt debt relief initiatives such as the Debt Service Suspension Initiative and the Common Framework for Debt Treatments in a way that will not further constrain the resumption of growth to the continent.
He listed some of the progress made in Africa, including the recovery from the global pandemic, economic growth by 3.7% last year, and a projected 3.8% growth in 2022.
Osinbajo noted that an African Continental Free Trade Area agreement has been put in place to fast-track economic transformation as the continent is making giant strides in agriculture, manufacturing, and digital technology.
According to him, in Nigeria, 6 unicorns have emerged in the past six years.
“The continent grew by 3.7% last year and is said to grow by 3.8% in 2022,” he said.
“‘Indeed, as the last frontier in development, Africa has the potential to become the factory of the world especially given its bold steps to integrate through the African Union agenda 2063 and the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement.
“‘There are several other reasons again to be positive about the African growth story given that its large youth population holds the prospect of a demographic dividend and also by giving greater space at providing more opportunity to the private sector.
“The continent is also making giant strides in agriculture, manufacturing, and digital technology.
“In Nigeria, for instance, 6 unicorns have emerged in the past six years and this is despite all of the challenges in these past years.
“Such a positive outlook anyway must be tempered by the realisation that Africa continues to need the collaboration and partnership of the international community because unless care is taken, there are several developments that can derail that promise.”
Gov. Akeredolu donates relief materials to Ose community attack
Ondo State Government Friday donated relief materials to victims of gunmen attack in Molege community in Ose Local Government area of the state.
The State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu at the event in Akure, the State’s capital said the relief materials were to cushion the effect of the attack on the victims.
Akeredolu, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor, Gbenga Akingbasote, said that the state government would continue to identify with them.
He urged the Ose Local Government Chairman, Dennis Adekunle, who received the materials on behalf of the victims, to ensure that the materials were distributed to the intended people.
Akeredolu noted that security of lives and property as well as welfare of the people of the state was his priority.
The LG boss appreciated the governor for the gesture and the urgent attention given to the matter when it happened.
Adekunle stressed that the gesture showed that the governor is a man of his words and has fulfilled the promise made during his visit to the community after the attack.
“This is a pointer that our’ talk and do governor’ means business,” Adekunle said.
Some of the relief materials distributed include; food items, mattresses, diapers, mosquito net among others.
Recall that at least three people were reportedly shot dead by gunmen who invaded the community on January 6. NAN