The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has applauded the appointment of Professor Amina J. Mohammed of Nigeria as Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning by the Secretary-General of the United Nations. In a congratulatory message today,Dr Jibrin Ibrahim ,director of CDD said in deed “Professor Mohammed brings to the position more than 30 years of experience as a development practitioner in the public and private sectors, as well as civil society.”
“We in CDD have had the privilege of working closely with her following her appointment in 2005 to coordinate the debt relief funds ($1 billion per annum) towards the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Nigeria. Her mandate included designing a Virtual Poverty Fund with innovative approaches to poverty reduction, budget coordination and monitoring, as well as providing advice on pertinent issues regarding poverty, public sector reform and sustainable development. She was very successful in leveraging addition resources and programmes for achieving the MDGs. She carried out the tasks with passion, commitment and above all with capacity to make a difference”,Dr Ibrahim said
He added that “She always challenged us to conceptualise the MDGs as minimalist targets and it’s a shame we have still not achieved the minimum while we should be seeking higher development goals. The Centre for Democracy and Development has always agreed with this vision of inclusive development in a democratised society as the goal we should all strive for. We are confident that her skills and her commitment will create traction on bringing the development agenda in our countries. We join all people of goodwill in congratulating Professor Mohammed and wishing her the best.