UNESCO director-general visits Nigeria

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Ms Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General
Ms Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General

(NAN) Ms Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General, on Wednesday arrived in Nigeria on a three-day working visit.

She was received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja by Mrs Folashade Yemi-Esan, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education and Hajia Mariam Katagum, Nigeria’s Permanent Delegate to UNESCO.

Speaking to newsmen shortly after arrival, Bokova said that the purpose of her visit was to discuss vital issues with the Federal Government.

She expressed concern over terrorist activities in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Mali.

“The purpose of the visit is to meet the President and the Ministers of Education, Science and Culture.

“Nigeria is a very important member of UNESCO-a member of the executive board.

“There is an agenda for sustainable development for the next 30 years; we want to see how we can accomplish the ambition of the Nigerian government.

“We are very much concerned about the terrorist attacks in the region; that is why I also visited Niger, Chad and Mali,” she said.

She said her visit would look at how to jointly move the agenda of education for young people, skill acquisition among others forward.

According to her the visit is her third time of coming to Nigeria.

Bokova, a Bulgarian, was elected UNESCO Director-General in 2009 and re-elected for a second-term in 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that she is the first woman to lead the UNESCO.

 

 


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