The National Information Officer addressing students
As a follow up to the recent visit of the Under-Secretary-General for Communication and Public Information, Mr. Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal to Nigeria, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Lagos has organised an educational outreach session at Grace Garden International School and College, Maitama Abuja.
The outreach, UNIC’s first in Northern Nigeria, was in partnership with Youths For Transparency International (YTI), a member of the Civil Society group that met with the USG during his visit. It was a highly engaging and interactive session with the students, of whom 60% were girls.
In his presentations, the National Information Officer, UNIC, Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun, emphasised the purpose of the United Nations: ‘to bring all nations of the world together to work for peace and development, based on the principles of justice, human dignity and the well-being of all people.’
Explaining what the UN does, Soremekun noted that through its specialised agencies, ‘the UN deals with all kinds of issues, ranging from keeping the peace, fighting poverty to caring for our planet and making sure everyone is flying safely in the sky .
He charged the students to imbibe the spirit of volunteerism when they become undergraduates and to always be upright in everything they do. ‘Responsible children are the joy of a family and the pride of a nation,’ he added.
Addressing the students, the Head of Organisation and Chairperson of Youths For Transparency International, Ms Clara Okorie, called on the students to remain focused on their studies and be of good behaviour in other to be useful to their countries and their families.
The School Proprietress, Mrs Ruth Aimuan, had earlier in her welcome remarks, thanked the UN Information Centres for bringing the educational outreach to the school, an effort, she noted, would be most beneficial to the students. She pledged the support of the school to future programmes of the Centre.