The Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Ms Irina Bokova on Wednesday arrived in Nigeria on a three-day official visit to discuss and strengthen UNESCO’s programmes in the country, notably in the fields of education, sciences, culture, communication and information, and also in preventing violent extremism.
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.
The Bulgarian will engage with President Muhammadu Buhari, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, the Minister of Education and Chairman of the Nigeria National Commission for UNESCO, Mr Adamu Adamu and other Minsters responsible for UNESCO’s areas of competence.
“The purpose of the visit is to meet the President and the Ministers of Education, Science and Culture,” she told journalists on her arrival at the airport.
“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 added.
The Official Visit will provide an opportunity to discuss ongoing cooperation with UNESCO in a number of key priorities for the Organization and in relation to the African Union Agenda 2063 and to reaffirm UNESCO’s commitment to strengthen its action in support of societies and Governments in Africa, a Global Priority for the Organization.
UNESCO is supporting the African States in their efforts to deepen stability, peace and prosperity, notably within the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The visit to Nigeria is part of a series of official visits to West and Central Africa by the Director General.