… meets Dr. Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General
…seeks urgent Niger Delta clean up
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has visited the United Nations headquarters in New York, USA to meet with the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Dr. Amina Mohammed.
The meeting centred on how to deepen the existing relationship between UN and Bayelsa State.
Gov. Diri assured her that his government remained committed to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined by the United Nations to enhance the living conditions of the people of the State.
Accordingly, the continued collaboration with the global body would fast track development in education, health, youth, and women empowerment, food production and the environment.
The Governor congratulated Dr. Mohammed for rising to the enviable position and for her great works at the UN.
On the environmental pollution and degradation in the Niger Delta, Governor Diri, said the ongoing clean-up in Ogoni land by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) should be extended to the entire oil-rich Niger Delta and that Bayelsa State is worst affected by incidents of oil spills leaving behind attendant devastated ecology and health issues.
On the entourage of the governor to the UN headquarters were Ambassador Lot Egopija, Nigerian Consul-General in the New York, Hon. (Dr.) Fred Agbedi, Member representing Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Barr. Patience Ranami Abah, Permanent Secretary, Bayelsa State Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investments and Major Lancelot Anyanya (rtd.).