Nigeria 14th largest UN troops contributing nation, says report
Nigeria is the world’s 14th largest troops contributing nation to UN peacekeeping operations, according to the latest data published by the UN peacekeeping.
The data obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York, showed that Nigeria contributed a total of 2, 170 peacekeeping personnel in 2016.
As at August 31, 2016, Nigeria had provided 403 policemen, 46 military experts and 1,721 troops, out of which 232 were females.
According to the data, the largest contributors to UN peacekeeping missions are Ethiopia with 8,326, India with 7,471 personnel and Pakistan which contributed 7,161.
Jamaica, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Latvia, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, contributed the least with one each.
Nigeria ranks eighth in Africa after Ethiopia, Burkina Faso – 3,036, Egypt – 2,889, Ghana – 2,972, Rwanda – 6,146, Senegal – 3,617 and Tanzania – 2,341.
“As we start this New Year, more than 115,000 people from 123 countries work hard to maintain peace.
“They are civilian, police and military personnel deployed in 16 UN peacekeeping missions across the world,” the report said.
It said UN peacekeeping helps countries torn by conflict to create conditions for lasting peace.
“Peacekeeping has proven to be one of the most effective tools available to the UN to assist host countries navigate the difficult path from conflict to peace.’’