“We believe that there should be a united political representation by the leadership of African countries to take the issue up with the secretary-general.
“When African leaders meet with the leadership of the UN, it should not just be for photo op; they should discuss more relevant issues about their countries and Africa.
“We (Africa) need the political weight to go together as one united force and voice,” he said.
The ICSC challenged the political leadership of African countries to support their citizens and candidates who applied for UN jobs by preparing them.
Rhodes also said that while there were political considerations in UN employments, qualified Nigerians should also apply for advertised positions as they could sometimes be considered.
He advised Nigerians who applied for the UN positions to tailor their applications towards the requirements of the particular position rather than using the same curriculum vitae to apply for different jobs.
Oyo-Ita told the correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that with the understanding of the employment system in the UN, Nigeria would do everything possible to ensure that Nigerians are fairly represented at the global organisation.
“After meeting with the chairman of the international civil service commission, we are now better informed and guided on how Nigeria can have its fair share of representation at the UN.
“We shall go back home and inform the political leadership so that we can bring our political force and weight to bear on the appointment of Nigerians to the UN systems,” Oyo-Ita said.
NAN reports that Oyo-Ita was accompanied by the acting Permanent Secretary, Federal Civil Service Commission, Mustapha Suleiman and Dr. Oluseyi Ikotun, Director of Finance and Administration of the commission.
The Head of the Fifth Committee of the Nigeria’s Permanent Mission, Mr. Onesimus Atanze and the Head of the Second Committee and spokesperson for the mission, Mr. Akinremi Bolaji, also attended the meeting.