Nigeria Achieves Another Feat As Prof Tijjani Bande Becomes President Of UN General Assembly

Professor Tijjani Mohammad Bande, former Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, has achieved another feat with his appointment as the new President of the United Nations General Assembly.

His appointment was announced by María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, outgoing president of UNGA at a press conference in Abuja, after her meeting with Buhari when she paid a working visit to Nigeria.  

Bande becomes the second Nigerian to be appointed President of UNGA after Mr. Joseph Nanven Garba, who held the position between 1989 and 1990. Bande was born in Zagga in present day Kebbi State. He holds M.A in Political Science from the Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA in 1981 and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto, Canada in 1987.

Professor Bande had previously worked as the Director-General of the Centre African de Formation et de Recherche Administrative pour le Development (CAFRAD) in Tangier, Morocco from January 2000 to February 2004. This is Africa’s premier institution with a responsibility for training and research in public administration and management.

He was also the Vice-Chancellor Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, between 2004 to February 2009. Bande also served as former Director-General of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Plateau State. He became the Acting Director General of the National Institute from 2010 till March 2016.

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