14 January 2005

Nigeria: Govt Reappoints Prof Omolewa to Unesco

Abuja — President Olusegun Obasanjo has approved the re- appointment of Professor Michael Abiola Omolewa as Nigeria's Permanent Delegate to UNESCO with effect from January 2005.

Minister of Education, Prof. Fabian Osuji, said the renewal of Omolewa's appointment is to enable him

- Complete his term as President of the General Conference (of UNESCO)

- Return Nigeria to the Executive Board, the organ responsible for the formulation of the policies of the world body; and

- Effectively represent Nigeria in UNESCO.

The first Nigerian to reach the venerated position, Omolewa, a University of Ibadan Professor of Adult Education, was first appointed shortly after President Obasanjo came to power in 1999.

The Permanent Delegation of Nigeria to UNESCO was properly established in 1982 with Ambassador Judith Attah as the first Permanent Delegate while Dr Olusegun Akinluyi succeeded her in 1993.

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