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Nigerian-Born WYO President-General Assumes Office Monday


By Akeem Abas

Ibadan  –   Nigerian-born Adeniyi Adeyemi, the newly elected President-General of  the World Youth Organisation,  would on Monday assume duty at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

This was contained in a statement issued on Sunday  by his spokesperson, Adeola Badru, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN)  in Ibadan.

NAN reports that the WYO is the youth organ of the United Nations Organisation(UN).

Adeyemi, who would lead the affairs of youths across the globe for the next five years, would  be received by diplomats, government officials, heads  of missions as well as Civil Societies and NGOs

Adeyemi  stated that his first assignment  on assumption of office would be to seek the approval of the Security Council to appoint 967 nominees that would  work with him across the globe.

He said he had commenced official duty upon election by establishing five organs for the organisation–General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, Trusteeship and Secretariat.

“ The 967 nominees will work with my office across the globe.

“ This will enable the organisation to  function effectively and bring coordination across the world,’’ he said.

Among the positions to be occupied are the Chief of Staff to the President- General, Principal Secretary, Envoys, Special Representatives and Senior Special Advisers.

Others are Senior Special Assistant, Personal Assistant, Head of Parastatals and Agencies.

Adeyemi  said the listed officers would enable  him to touch every lives across the world to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals(SDG) before 2030.

NAN reports that  Adeyemi recently won the admiration of UN workers and leaders, when he spearheaded the passage of the   Youth Empowerment Schemes bill into law.

“The scheme will make provision for adequate compensation to all categories of youth workers  in the public and private sectors and their dependants.

“This will cater for incidence of injury, sickness, disability or death arising in the course of employment,” he said.

NAN recalls that Adeyemi  was elected as the new WYO at a World Youth Conference held on Nov. 12, 2016, in New Delhi, India.

He had contested the election with nine others and won with 1,679 votes, while the first runner up from the U.S. secured 501 votes.

Adeyemi was a former aide of the eighth and former United Nation’s Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-moon, before his new position.

The new WYO President was a graduate of Agronomy from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso in Nigeria, and Accounting from the Western University of Ontario in Canada.

Adeyemi,  a Chartered Accountant, was the former Accounting Officer to the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade.

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