UN urges African leaders to focus on poverty eradication

By Zubairu Mohammed, Abuja

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Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama (R) and the President of United Nations General Assembly, UNGA, Professor Tijjani Bande (R) at joint briefing in Abuja.

The United Nations, UN has urged African leaders to key into poverty eradication, gender equality, quality education, healthcare system, peace and security for social economic development in the region.

The President of the United Nations General Assembly, UNGA, Professor Tijjani Bande made the call in Abuja, at joint briefing with Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, during his official visit to Nigeria.

Bande said; “African presidency must focus on poverty eradication, quality education, peace and security, all inclusion and these are agreed goals that take particular urgency in Africa and the world.

“The UN has made all the key appointments to help in negotiations that are necessary to have the system operate.

”Your Excellency, am glad you mentioned the important of peace and security not only in Nigeria but for all of us, the UN system has supported the efforts of Nigeria in dealing with regional problem of Boko Haram we are glad seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Commendation

UN commends the efforts of Nigeria of leading other countries in the region to come together under any platform, especially with UN support to look into the matter not only in term of humanitarian approach but beyond the humanitarian stage,” he added.

Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, says, Nigeria will continue to collaborate with UN in its quest to achieve global peace and security and other areas of human concerns.

“Global peace and prosperity is absolutely crucial in the world today. The world is facing so many challenges, of couse your mandate in addressing    poverty eradication, zero hunger, quality education which is one of the major priorities in Nigeria and the world, peace and security, climate, action and all inclusion, your vision is what Nigeria’s government identifies with. We will work hand in hand with you to achieve these goals.”

The President of the United Nations General Assembly, who is also a Nigerian, Professor Tijjani Bande, is in the country for four day official visit.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere