- Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Itegboje assures Bande of full cooperation of the staff of the permanent mission for a successful tenure
- The new envoy says he looks forward to working with New York to lift Nigeria’s flag high at the UN
- Nigeria's new ambassador to the UN says Nigeria shouldn't have had some challenges that it has because it has great intellectuals
Tijjani Bande, Nigeria’s new Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the UN, on Monday May 1, arrived in New York to assume office at the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nation (UN).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Bande was received at a brief reception organised for him by the Permanent Mission.
Samson Itegboje, the Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, then introduced the members of staff of the Mission to the new Permanent Representative.
The new envoy commended the staff of the mission for their commitment and said he looked forward to working with them to lift Nigeria’s flag high at the UN.
“Nigeria is a very important country. All our missions and agencies should work together,” Bande said.
The former Director-General of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) said he was honoured to have served at the institute because “there’s none like it in Africa”.
“We shouldn’t have some of the challenges that we have; we have great intellectuals who are working hard to address our challenges,” Bande said.
Itegboje assured the new ambassador of the cooperation of the staff of the Permanent Mission to ensure that he has a successful tenure.
“We are one family here and we work as one. There’s a lot of work here but I can assure you everybody is ready to work.
“We will pull forces together to ensure your tenure is successful. Be rest assured that we will all work in harmony to represent and protect the interest of Nigeria.
“We will do everything to ensure you succeed in this great task,” the Deputy Ambassador assured Bande.
The new Permanent Representative replaced Joy Ogwu, who held the position from 2008 to 2015.
He served as the Director-General of NIPSS until February 25, 2017. Bande’s appointment was announced by President Muhammadu Buhari on March 31.
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The president gave the names of the affected ambassadors, their states of origin and the areas of their deployment as:
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