The United Nations (UN) on Thursday, May 9, appointed the emir of Kano, Malam Muhammad Sanusi II, as a member of the new class of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) advocates.
It was learnt that the UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres made the announcement through his spokesperson, Farhan Haq, at a news conference in New York.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the SDG advocates are carefully selected 17 influential public figures committed to “raising awareness, inspiring greater ambition, and pushing for faster action on the SDGs.”
Sanusi, the report added, is one of the six new members of the group, co-chaired by President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana and the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg.
Other new members, which are five in number are, Hindou Ibrahim of Chad, Dia Mirza of India, Edward Ndopu of South Africa, Nadia Murad of Iraq and Marta Vieira da Silva of Brazil.
The six new members, the report disclosed, would take over from the previous six who had been made SDG advocate alumni.
“The secretary-general looks forward to working with the group over the coming years to advance the SDGs,” he said.
The Emir who was a former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, was welcomed to his new job by other new directors to the board, the outgoing group chairman, Phuthuma Nhleko.