Nigerians working with the United Nations in New York have formed a cultural association, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
According to the interim president, Mr. Obi Emekekwue, of the UN Department of Public Information, the association is to promote the professional, social, and cultural interest and well-being of Nigerians and persons interested in Nigeria at the UN and to contribute to the development of their motherland.
Emekekwue, a former UN Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria, said the association was a social and cultural club comprising serving and former UN staff members at Headquarters and was not aligned to or affiliated with any political organisation.
“UN system is home to some of Nigeria’s best brains. By coming together in an organised manner, this outstanding group of Nigerians can significantly improve the impact they can have both in terms of delivering on the UN mandate of service to humanity but also projecting their homeland, Nigeria, on the international arena,” he said.
NAN learnt that the officials had concluded all processes for the registration of the association as a club with the UN Staff Recreation Council.
Other officers of the association are Mrs. Olajobi Makinwa, UN Global Compact – Vice President; Mr. Lawrence Jituboh, UN Department of Management – Treasurer; Mr. Edward Ojuolape, UNFPA – Event Coordinator; and Mr. Obinna Okamgba, Department of Political Affairs – Secretary.