Nigeria has retained her place as the chair of the United Nations Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations for the 48th time.
The Charge d’Affaires, Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations, Ambassador Samson Itegboje, was elected Chair of the committee also known as C-34 by acclamation at the United Nations Headquarters in New York during the opening of the 2020 Session, and Canada also re-elected as Vice-Chair.
Nigeria, who was re-elected once again has been chairing the special committee on peacekeeping operations from 1972 till date and has always been re-elected to continue to lead the most critical committee of the United Nations.
The Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations is widely regarded as the UN’s most strategic committee. It was established in 1965 by the General Assembly to supervise the review and provide recommendations on United Nations peacekeeping operations.
The committee also makes recommendations which enhance the United Nations peacekeeping operations across the world. In its arsenal is 100,000 military, police and civilian personnel from 125 countries, currently serving in 14 operations.
According to data from the UN Peacekeeping Department, Nigeria is the eighth largest troops contributor in Africa to UN peacekeeping operations and also the world’s 15th largest troops contributor.
The data emphasized that Nigeria provided 2,170 peacekeeping personnel in 2016, made up of 403 policemen, 46 military experts and 1,721 troops out of which 232 were female personnel.