Osinbajo receives special envoy from Egyptian president, advocates African unity
*Discusses Niger Delta Modular Refineries With Society Of Chemical Engineers, Receives New Board Of Agric Bank
African countries must remain united so that the continent can take its place in the international community as it stands to benefit the most, the federal government has said. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo spoke yesterday while receiving a Special Envoy from the Egyptian President Abd El-Fattah El-Sisi, Ms. Moushira Khattab, who is vying for the position of Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organisation, and UNESCO.
“We have seen the great importance of UNESCO,” Prof. Osinbajo noted, adding that this is especially so at a time the Federal Government is confronting the challenges in Northeast including the planning for the education of hundreds of thousands of displaced children.
On the UNESCO election Special Envoy Khattab said that the African Union has pledged to support her candidacy in the forthcoming UNESCO election. She therefore requested Nigeria’s support, considering, according to her, the important role of Nigeria “and the great respect that you enjoy in Africa and globally.”
Acting President Osinbajo then assured the Special Envoy that Nigeria would explore and consider the matter. He thanked the envoy for the visit and extended President Muhammadu Buhari’s friendly greetings to his Egyptian counterpart.
Special Envoy Khattab also conveyed the greetings and best wishes of the Egyptian President to President Buhari, for speedy recovery and safe return to Nigeria.
In another development, Acting President Osinbajo stated that it is evident that Nigerians have the knowledge, expertise and experience in virtually all areas of human endeavour to do anything required in the development of the country.
He made the assertion during a meeting with members of Nigeria Society of Chemical Engineers who visited him at the Presidential Villa to discuss Federal Government’s policy on Modular Refineries in the Niger Delta.
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