Ms. Fatima Samoura, the United Nation (UN) Resident Coordinator and United Nation Development Representative, in Nigeria has presented her letter of credence to the Federal Republic of Nigeria Honorable Geoffrey Onyema, the Minister of Foreign Affair.
She would be responsible for the coordination of operational activities for development in Nigeria on behalf of UN system as contained in paragraph 34 of the annex to the General assembly 32/197 of 20 December 1977.
Samoura pinpointed Nigeria’s challenges on the issue of poverty and national security, She and her team will attend to the development and humanitarian needs of the North-eastern parts of Nigeria.
She said she throw her wait behind Africa’s most populous country and largest economy in achieving both short and long term development goals and including achieving 17 Global Sustainable Development Goals.
Samoura promised to work with the Government and other partners in implementing the national development agenda and to help intensify effort that will sustain the development which the country had so far attained. She also assures commitment of the over 19 UN Agencies and fund development programme in the country.
Hon. Onyeama assured the UN Ambassador and the UN system in Nigeria of an unhindered support of the Ministry and Government to the mission of the UN and committed to helping address all operational bottlenecks to enable the UN system operate even more effectively and efficiently.
Samoura, a Senegalese national, comes to Nigeria with rich experience. Before her appointment (2010-2015), she was UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for the Republic of Madagascar.
Source:This day Newspaper