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Why I Was Called ‘Dustbin Lady’ As Nigerian Minister – Amina Mohammed

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While speaking at the International Monetary (IMF) and the UN working together conversation on Tuesday, the deputy secretary-general of the United Nations (UN), Amina Mohammed, disclosed that she was seen as the “dustbin lady” when President Muhammadu Buhari appointed her as the minister of environment.

The former Minister of Envonment who resigned from Nigerian Federal Executive Council on 24 February 2017 to assume office as the 5th Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, said the people did not see the real value of her office as minister of environment.

“I have to tell you, when I went back to Nigeria as minister of environment, my state was saying, it was environment they gave you? that is the dustbin lady. They did not even get that environment was broader than just waste disposal,” she told IMF boss, Lagarde and a room full of development experts.

The mother of six who said the UN and IMF must have better conversations on the demands of a growing economy, seeking ways to make growth better and inclusive, also spoke about every of the 17 goals that make up the SDGs as her children, saying all were equally important for the future of the world.

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