Nigeria’s Ex-Environment Minister Resumes At The UN Tuesday

Former Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed
Former Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed

Immediate past Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, will be sworn-in on Tuesday as the new United Nations Deputy Secretary-General at the UN Headquarters in New York.

The former Minister was appointed by the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, on December 15, 2016 as his deputy, and was initially expected to assume office on January 1.

But at the request of President Muhammadu Buhari, Mohammed had to delay her assumption in order to complete ongoing responsibilities she was handling at the ministry.

The office of the UN Deputy Secretary-General was established by the General Assembly in 1997 to handle many of the administrative responsibilities of the Secretary-General.Mohammed takes over as the fifth UN Deputy Secretary-General.

Her major responsibility will be to help in managing the UN Secretariat operations, and “ensuring inter-sectoral and inter-institutional coherence of activities and programmes.”

A valedictory session was held for her during last week’s Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.

During the session, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo eulogized the former minister for her numerous achievements at the Ministry of Environment within the short time that she served.

Another valedictory session had earlier been held for Mohammed by the House of Representatives committee on the environment, where the lawmakers praised the former Minister for the many innovations she introduce to the ministry.