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140 Nigerian peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were awarded the United Nations medal on 18 April.

The Deputy Chief of the United Nations Police Component (UNPOL), Brigadier General Jean François VOILLOT, presided over the ceremony that was held in the historic city of Timbuktu. 

The medal recipients, including 40 women, were members of the Nigerian Formed Police Unit (FPU). 

The UN medal rewards the courage and commitment of peacekeepers who have spent 90 days in MINUSMA, particularly in northern Mali, in the service of peace.

Given the current context of the region, and in accordance with its mandate, this unit of the UN Police conducts daily, long and medium range patrols with the Malian Defense and Security Forces (FDSM), including the Police and the Gendarmerie, in the city of Timbuktu and the surrounding villages. It conducts escorts and security operations allowing people to go about their business in serenity.

UNPOL Deputy Chief Voillot congratulated the recipients for the professionalism that allowed them to honorably perform their missions with determination and integrity “You will receive the UN medal which is both a testimony and a mark of recognition of the international community for your participation in the efforts and work done for the stabilization and maintenance of peace in Mali,” he said.

The ceremony was held at the UN Mission Integrated Camp, in the presence of Acting Head of Office Mamane Sani Moussa, UN Force Commander for Sector West, UNPOL Regional Commander Colonel Chérif Sami, representatives of the local and administrative authorities of Timbuktu and Taoudeni, as well as the hierarchy of the Defense and Security Forces of Mali (FDSM).

Citizen Joseph canvasses for peace, presents Art work to UN

Ronald and Seyi receives the art work

Mr. Osejie Ewaose Joseph (middle) presents to UNIC Director, Mr Ronald Kayanja (Left) and the National Information Officer, Oluseyi Soremekun (Right)

The need to promote peace and unity around the world was once again highlighted yesterday as Mr. Osejie Ewaose Joseph of Osebless Communick, adopted an artistic medium to communicate the sanctity of global peace.

The framed artwork which features the world map and the inscription, “Peace Be Still in the World”, was received by the Director, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Lagos, Mr Ronald Kayanja in his office.

Mr. Osejie Ewaose Joseph (Left) explains the concept of the art work

Mr. Osejie Ewaose Joseph (Left) explains the concept of the art work

Presenting, Mr. Joseph said he was motivated by the UN priority, the vast amount of lives and properties lost to the First and Second World War, as well as the prevailing acts of terrorism around the world. He added that he was committed to promoting peace all over the world with the use of Art works, Stickers, Poems and Songs.

Responding, commended Mr. Joseph for his action towards promoting peace and encouraged him not to give up on the advancement of peace and unity in the world.