Deputy UN Secretary-General seeks increased investment in women

Ugo Okoro, Abuja

Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, Amina Mohammed, has urged the Nigerian government to increase its investment in women development.

Mohammed led a UN team to the country to discuss the implementation of Agenda 2030, to see how Nigeria could be supported.

She stressed the need for the government to begin to put women at the centre of its policies, as part of crisis prevention efforts.

The UN deputy scribe, who served as Nigeria’s last Minister of Environment, hopes that women will continue to occupy their rightful position in society.

Amina Mohammed was also at a dinner hosted by Women Affairs Minister, Jummai Alhassan, for girls who have survived the boko haram insurgency in the North east.

She also met with released Chibok girls kidnapped by boko haram insurgents.

“Survivors are strong. You have aspirations, drive and inspiration. I am humbled to have met, danced and dined with Chibok Girls, “ she said.

“Women & girls are not only survivors but also crisis prevention agents,” she said, in Abuja, at a discussion with women leaders and conflict affected girls.

Amina Mohammed continued her diplomacy with a visit to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.

The UN Deputy Scribe also visited the Ministry of Environment, saying that “women are central to efforts to protect the environment & advance climate action.”

At a meeting with the UN Nigeria Country Team, Mohammed said: “We need less global talk and more local action from the UN.”

She had at the start of her tour met with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, Ms Amina Mohammed, ends her tour of Nigeria on Friday.