Nigeria’s Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed has been tipped to be the new Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Pamela Falk, a CBS News reporter for the United Nations, disclosed in her Tweet that the world body would soon release a statement confirming the appointment of the Nigerian Minister of Environment.
She will be assisting Antonio Guterres, who will assume office as UN Secretary-General on Jan. 1, 2017.
Nigerians are happy about the latest development which will soon be made official. However they wonder what will happen to her appointment as the Minister of Environment.
Garba Shehu also took to his Tweeter handle to stamp that the woman of substance still remains a Nigerian Minister.
“There is a lot of exuberance on the net concerning a UN job for Mrs Amina Mohammed. She remains our Minister of Environment.”
“If there is anything on this that is released officially, we will let Nigerians know.”
“I am pleased to know that she enjoys so much goodwill.”
– Garba Shehu.
Amina Mohammed was sworn in on November 11, 2015 as the Environment Minister in Buhari’s cabinet. She was also recently appointed by President Buhari to serve as Nigeria’s Representative in the African Union (AU) Reform Steering Committee.
Before now, the Minister has worked in an international capacity under the UN. She has served in several international advisory roles including being a member of UN Secretary General’s Global Sustainability Panel under the outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.
For her exceptional prowess in serving and representing Nigeria, Amina Mohammed received the National Honours Award of the Order of the Federal Republic in 2006. In 2007 she was inducted into the Nigerian Women’s Hall of Fame.
Amina J. Mohammed has been working in the field of development for more than 30 years both in the public sector and the private sector. Prior to her current appointment, she was the CEO and founder of the think tank Center for Development Policy Solutions, according to Wikipedia.