Lagos - The United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator
and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Representative in Nigeria,
Fatma Samoura, has assured the country of the UN’s support efforts aimed at
meeting both short and long term development goals.
Speaking on Friday when she presented her Letters of
Credence to the Government, through the Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign
Affairs, she mentioned such targets to include the Sustainable Development
Samoura highlighted the challenges faced by the national
authorities, especially in addressing poverty and responding to the development
and humanitarian needs of the North Eastern parts of the Nigeria.
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She promised the commitment of the over 19 UN Agencies,
Funds and Programmes in the country to work closely with Government and other
partners in implementing the national development agenda as well intensify
efforts that would sustain development advances the country has made.
As outlined in paragraph 34 of the Annex to the General
Assembly resolution 32/197 of 20 December 1977, Ms. Samoura, on behalf of the
UN system, will have overall responsibility and exercise team leadership for
the coordination of operational activities for development in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the UN Ambassador also used the occasion to commend
the Government of Nigeria for the ongoing rehabilitation of the UN House and
pleaded for its speedy completion, adding that this would enhance operational
efficiency and facilitate even more effective support to the government and
people of Nigeria.
The bombing of the UN base in 2011 killed at least 21 and
wounded 60 in Abuja.
The Boko Haram claimed responsibility.
Meanwhile, Onyeama assured Samoura of an unparalleled
support of the Ministry and Government.
- CAJ News