By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
A former Nigeria Ambassador at the United Nations Headquarters, New York City, USA, Matthew Adeyemi Adeniyi was on Saturday elected as President-General of World Youth Organization (WYO), an affiliate of the United Nations (UN).
According to a release issued by his Media Consultant, Mr. Marufh Bello and made available to journalists in Ibadan, Ambassador Adeniyi was elected and inaugurated in New Delhi, India, as the first elected President-General of WYO.
Ambassador Adeniyi during the election defeated contestants from eight countries including the US, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Yemen, Palestine, Albania, Sudan and Nepal.
Announcing Adeniyi as the winner, Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Mr. Davies Johnson from Austria said he polled 1,679 votes to defeat his closest rival, Jack Adraka of the United States who scored 511 votes.
According to him, Adeniyi was proclaimed as an ambassador in 2013. Bello disclosed that prior to the election and inauguration of the Adeniyi-led executive, which will run the affairs of the world youth body for the next four years, WYO was run by a transition committee led by Max Goodwin Kieran from Romford, the United Kingdom.
Others elected at the election are Karla Sugey Rodriguez (Mexico), Secretary General; Claire Pace (Malta), Treasurer; and Vice Presidents Devjyoti Dutya (North America), Rochana Richardson (Europe), Emmah Musenyah (Africa), Fursan Mohammed (Asia), Junior Menezes (South America) and Elvana Shala (Australia).
Speaking after his election, Ambassador Adeniyi promised to uphold the tenets of WYO and work towards the achievement of the main objectives of the biggest global youth organization founded primarily for the welfare of youths across the globe and promotion of awareness on the importance of participation in the leadership process of every nation of the world.
The first elected President-General of WYO, who hails from Ogbomoso, Oyo State, has been so much involved in youth projects and empowerment activities since his days as a student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, and The Western University of Ontario, Canada.
Among his achievements as a youth leader and diplomat are the establishment of the global Youth Trust Funds and the passage of Youth Empowerment Schemes Bill into law when he was the President of the United Nations Global Youths and the Convener of the Confederation of the United Nations Youth (CUYN) during the tenure of Ban Ki-Moon, the immediate past Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN).
World leaders and dignitaries at the event include the Vice President of India, Mohammed Hmid Ansariof, Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, India’s Minister of Externa Affairs, Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ajay Maken, National Security Adviser, Shivshankar Menon, Ambassador Almad Alhendawi, special envoy on youth affairs to the United Nation’s Secretary-General, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and ministers of youth affairs across the world.
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.