FG Hands Over Rehabilitated Building to UN After 2011 Bombing
By Olamide Fadoju
The Federal Government has officially handed over a rehabilitated, fully furnished and well-secured building back to the United Nations (UN).
The UN building in Abuja was attacked and bombed by Boko Haram terrorists in August 2011 an incident that killed 23 UN staff.
President Muhammadu Buhari represented by the Minister of the FCT, Mohammed Bello at the official hand over ceremony in Abuja, commended the humanitarian efforts of the organization around the world.
He, however, stressed that the Nigeria government is committed to the protection of the lives and properties of all UN staff and officials.
"We assure you that the government of Nigeria is committed to the security of lives and properties of all the staff of the UN and their families and the institution of the United Nations in Nigeria.
"The efforts of the United Nations over the years in confronting global issues such as international conflicts through radiations and peacekeeping.
"Health and Humanitarian matters through the WHO and UNHCR and perhaps the current global battle against climate change and environmental degradation have continued to yield positive results around the world."
Meanwhile, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon said the rehabilitation of the building has proved Nigeria’s resilient to end the insurgency. He also re-emphasized that the UN’s remain steadfast in supporting Nigeria improve democracy and combat poverty.
"We have started implementing the development system reform as mandated by the general assembly. The aim is to ensure a more coordinated and accountable United Nations system which will support Nigeria to achieve the sustainable development goal.
"The return to the UN house is therefore very timely as it enables us to work more closely together. We are working together to implement a partnership framework developed between the UN system and the Nigerian government," he said.
The UN family in Nigeria begun partial movement to the UN House Abuja, in 2018 after the Aug. 26, 2011 bombing by the Boko Haram insurgents.
The Federal Government had approved 5.2 billion for the reconstruction of the building in 2012.
Additional reports by Akinbola Abayomi