UN to honour Amaechi on June 3
Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, is to receive an award from the Associated Fellowship of the United Nations Institute for
Training & Research in Geneva Switzerland.
The award is for his contributions in the Education sector, which placed Rivers State as the best state in Nigeria with 21st century educational facilities.
It is also for his outstanding contributions to United Nations Institute for Training and Research, UNITAR, Programmes in Nigeria, and for promoting overall United Nations activities in the South-South geo-political zone of the country by the provision of an outstanding facility that can house over 15 UN agencies in Port Harcourt.
According to UNITAR, Governor Amaechi is 'recognized for his leadership in governance, infrastructural development, socio- economic development and distributional equity and justice'.
On his nomination for the award, an elated Amaechi said, 'As we enter the last lap of our administration, this award is a call to finish strong as it reassures us that we are on the right path'.
Besides the recognition the award bestows on the Amaechi administration, it has positioned Rivers State on the global map of United Nation Offices.
'In the longer term, the presence of UNITAR would attract more UN
agencies to Rivers State', says Larry Boms, UNITAR's country director.
At the moment, there are five United Nations agencies in Rivers State; housing these agencies in Port Harcourt would open up job opportunities for Rivers indigenes to get into international civil service, Boms said.
The UNITAR award entitles Governor Amaechi to a UN Certificate that bestows Diplomatic Immunity while on UN assignments.
Previous recipients of the fellowship have been mainly drawn from Professors Emeritus with huge academic records in research in global governance, security, social justice, development, and environment preservation.
The event will be held at offices of the UNASG/UNITAR Executive Director, as the UN does not encourage ceremonies outside the General Assembly, Security Council and other globalized conferences.
However, this time the event will be low key because of the abduction of the Chibok school girls.
Port Harcourt is currently serving as the UESCO-World Capital city, 2014; and recently, Rivers State agreed to partner UNESCO to train over 30,000 women and girls in the areas of ICT, skill acquisition and vocational training.