Nigeria’s environment minister, Amina Mohammed has been appointed the United Nations Deputy Secretary General.
The Minister is handling the clean-up of the Ogoniland in Rivers state being undertaken by the Muhammad Buhari admnistration.
The announcement was reportedly made on Thursday December 15 by the incoming UN Secretary-General, António Guterres through his spokesman, Mr. Stephane Dujarric.
Guterres has made achieving gender parity at the world body a priority of his tenure, which begins on January 1, 2017.
He also appointed Ms. Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti of Brazil as his Chef De Cabinet and Kyung-wha Kang of South Korea has been appointed to the new position of special adviser on policy.
“These appointments are the foundations of my team, which I will continue to build, respecting my pledges on gender parity and geographical diversity,” Guterres said.
President Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed the appointment of the minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, to join the next United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as his deputy, saying it is an honour to Nigeria.
The federal government had also stated that she would keep performing her functions as a minster until such a time she puts in her resignation.
Mohammed who was Presidential Adviser on Millenium Development Goals under the Obasanjo admnistration, served as the UN Under Secretary General and special adviser to the UN Secretary General on the post 2015 development planning.
She was instrumental to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.