Barely weeks after he was appointed a member of the MTN board of directors, the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido, has been appointed by the United Nations (UN) as a member of the new class of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) advocates.
The appointment came on Thursday, May 9, through the UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, at a news conference in New York.
Guterres who was represented by his spokesperson, Farhan Haq, said that the former Central Bank Governor’s appointment is coming alongside that of five other new members of the SDG advocates co-chaired by President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana and Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway. The other five new members, he said, 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 would take over from the previous six who had been made SDG advocate alumni”, he said. “The secretary-general looks forward to working with the group over the coming years to advance the SDGs,” he added.
Records have it that the SDG advocates are 17 influential public figures committed to “raising awareness, inspiring greater ambition, and pushing for faster action on the SDGs.”