It has been a month to the day since Amina J. Mohammed took up her post as Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations. Who is this Nigerian who has become one of the most powerful women in the world?

he February 1 marks the end of Amina J. Mohammed’s first month as Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN). Her appointment announced on December 25, 2016, she took office on January 1, 2017. This Nigerian politician is thus the 5th personality (succeeding the Swede Jan Emliasson), third woman and second African to occupy this post after the Tanzanian Asha-Rose Mtengeti Migiro (2007-2012).

Born June 27, 1961 (55 years old) in Gombe (north-eastern Nigeria) to a British mother and a Nigerian father, Amina J. Mohammed has more than thirty-five years of career. A pure product of the Nigerian and British schools, she began her career in 1981 with Archcon Nigeria, an architecture and engineering firm where she spent 10 years, participating in multiple school construction projects. and medical and public buildings.

A businesswoman in the arcana of power

In 1991, this mother of six founded the Afri-Projects Consortium, a multidisciplinary company also invested in engineering. To this project, she devotes another ten years of her life and continually goes up to the niche, to the point of being noticed by the highest authorities in place in Abuja. This is how she will assume, under three consecutive governments (Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan), the role of Special Adviser on the Millennium Development Goals. A position that has enabled him to make a significant contribution to the fight against poverty, reform of the public sector and sustainable development, and to coordinate programs with an annual budget of $ 1 billion in support of the achievement of these objectives.

Amina J. Mohammed took a step closer to the top in June 2012, when Ban Ki-Moon, then UN Secretary-General appointed her to his side as Special Adviser for Development Planning after 2015. This new position will allow her to contributing to the development of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A decisive turning point in the career of this woman who has been at work in the fight against poverty, gender equality and education.

A year later, in 2013, the 50-year-old became involved in politics with the All Progressives Congress (APC), the political party created on February 6 which won the 2015 presidential election, with the election of Muhammadu Buhari as head of Nigeria. . Before joining the UN vice-presidency, she was Nigeria’s Minister of the Environment (November 2015-December 2016). She shares her development expertise as an assistant professor in a dedicated master’s program at Columbia University in New York.

A “pride” for the N ° 1 of the UN

Amina J. Mohammed’s career has earned her the full confidence of the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, who did not hesitate to praise the competence of his deputy on the occasion of the latter’s appointment:

“I am proud to have chosen Ms. Amina Mohamed of Nigeria as Assistant Secretary General. She is an accomplished leader in international development and will make an extremely important contribution to the management of the United Nations Secretariat. I sincerely thank President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria for his generosity in his availing himself to serve in this important role globally ”.

Building on all of her hard work, Amina J. Mohammed received the 2006 National Honors Award from the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and was inducted in 2007 into the Nigerian Women’s Hall of Fame.

Source: afrique.latribune

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