- Bola Kougbe
Professor Tijjani Bande, Nigeria’s Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Thursday presided over the 81st Plenary Meeting of the organization’s General Assembly at the UN headquarters. NAN reports that Bande was appointed UN’s Acting President following the absence of Peter Thomson, President of the Assembly, who was on an official travel to the Central African Republic. Bande’s opportunity as acting president came nine days after he assumed duty as Nigeria’s Permanent Representative. Also, the country had been appointed one of the Assembly’s 21 Vice Presidents on June 13, 2016. “I intend to leverage on this and continue to leverage on Nigeria’s image in positive light”, the Nigerian representative told NAN. The agency reports that the 81st Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly under Nigeria’s Acting Presidency, considered three reports. The first report was ‘Appointment of Members of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Question: report of the Fifth Committee’, including the appointment of Mr Olivier Myard of France as a member of the committee from May 11, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2019. The second report was ‘Appointment of Members of the Committee on Contributions: report of the Fifth Committee’, with the appointment of Ms Zhang Wei of China as a member beginning May 11 2017 and ending Dec. 31, 2017. The third report considered was the ‘Organisation of Work, Adoption of the Agenda and Allocation of Items: Appointment of Members of the International Civil Service Commission: report of the Fifth Committee’, with the appointment of Mr Vladimir Storozhev of the Russian Federation as a member effective May 11, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2020. Subsequently, Bande adjourned the Plenary Meeting after the consideration of the three reports and recommendations.