The new Nigeria’s United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator and representative for United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ms. Fatma Samoura has formally began her duties, pledging to prioritize on issues affecting poverty, the North East and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She took over office from Mr. Daouda Toure who has completed his tenure in the country.
Presenting her letters of credence to the Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs; Hon. Geoffrey Onyeama, Ms. Samoura resumed duties, holding series of meetings with her new team members and pledging her support to the government of Nigeria in tackling obvious challenges.
A Senegalese-born, the new UN boss has 21 years experience with the UN and has served in several international organisations and country offices; notably Country Director for Djibouti, Cameroon, and Guinea, World Food Programme (WFP), Resident Representative, UNDP Madagascar, and Head of the UN system in Chad, to mention a few.