Nigeria’s former Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed has been sworn in to take up her new role as the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations at the headquarters in New York.
The UN appointment was announced last year in December.
For a reputable service in the assigned ministry, Nigerians wondered what would happen to her ministerial role.
Amina Mohammed wrapped up the last part of her service to the Nigerian government on the 26th of February where the Acting Nigerian President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo congratulated her and thanked her for her outstanding excellence in discharging her duties since 2015.
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.
Madam Amina tearfully gave an emotional response and later handed over her portfolio.
The new UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, who appointed her as her deputy in December 2016, expressed his delight over Amina Mohammed and other reputable women in his team.
“I am pleased to announce that I will be appointing Ms Amina J. Mohammed of Nigeria as my Deputy Secretary-General and Ms Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti of Brazil as my Chef De Cabinet.”
I am happy to count on the efforts of these three highly competent women, whom I have chosen for their strong backgrounds in global affairs, development, diplomacy, human rights and humanitarian action.
Her job description as the DSG will be centered on gender parity. Amina will feature more in backstage proceedings for the United Nations.
She will be replacing Swedish Jan Eliasson, who worked in the same capacity under the administration of Ban Ki Moon.
Amina J. Mohammed has worked in the field of development for over 30 years both in the public sector and the private sector.
Taking up the new office in New York city, Nigeria’s Amina has became the second African woman to be appointed to the role of Deputy Secretary-General of the UN.
The first African woman appointed for the office was Tanzania’s Asha-Rose Migiro. She served between 2007 – 2012 under Ban Ki-moon.
Still under the past administration, Amina worked as a Special Adviser to immediate past Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 Development Planning.
Records show that the former minister was part of the team that came up with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.