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COVID-19: Minister of women affairs seeks more support from UN

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The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, has called on the UN to extend more aids to Nigeria in order to cushion the devastating impact of COVID-19 pandemic.

Tallen made the charge when the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Organization, (UNO), Mrs Amina Mohammed paid her a courtesy visit in her office in Abuja on Monday, February 22nd, 2021.

Tallen said that the call become necessary given the circumstances that women and children have found themselves due to covid-19 pandemic.

“Coronavirus pandemic is a pandemic within pandemic for vulnerable persons in Nigeria,” she said.

Like Oliver Twist, there is the need for your Excellency to influence the allocation of more UN interventions programmes to Nigeria.

The Minister, thanked Mrs Amina Mohammed for supporting and protecting Nigeria’s interest globally.

The minister noted with pride, the support given to Dr Okonja Iweala by the Deputy Secretary General of the UN and President Muhammadu Buhari during the contest for the headship of the World Trade Center, WTC, which produces Dr Okonjo Iweala as winner.

“If not for your support, the story of the election into the WTC might have been different,” she said.

The Minister also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing a woman for the headship of the National Institution for Policy and Strategies Studies, Kuru, Jos adding that “this is a big statement that Nigerian women are going places.”

Tallen called on Civil Society Organizations, CSOs to continue to support her ministry in order to carry Mr President’s transformation agenda to the grass roots.

In a remark, the UN Deputy Secretary General, Mrs Amina Mohammed said that she is pleased to observe that the Ministry of Women Affairs has recorded a number of achievements since Dame Pauline Tallen assumed the leadership of the Ministry.

These achievements are possible because Dame Pauline Tallen is standing tall and approaching the issues of gender mainstreaming from a broader perspective and confronting them head-on.

The UN Deputy Secretary General said that Nigerians in the UN are great achievers and have continue to make Nigeria proud wherever that their assignment takes them.

She said that Nigerians are known to be workaholics and called on all public servants, to make sure that they work hard to support the programmes of the current government.

Mrs Amina Mohammed said that data gathering and data banks are required for national planning.

She called on the Ministry of Women Affairs to develop a credible data collation, storage and retrieval process.

The UN Deputy Secretary General thanked the UN system in Nigeria for assisting the Ministry of Women Affairs in many ways.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Ambassador Anthonia Ekpa, thanked the UN Deputy Secretary General for deeming it fit to visit the Ministry of Women Affairs.

She commended all the leaders of CSOs that turned out in mass to support the Minister in hosting the august visitor.