Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Our tragic loss in Nigeria - Mr. Johnson Awotunde

The recent tragic attack on UN Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria has deeply impacted us all at UNICEF. Amongst the 23 people killed was Mr. Johnson Awotunde, who was the focal point for the Child Poverty and Disparities Study in Nigeria. His efforts and commitment were crucial to the success of the Study. Mr. Awotunde was with UNICEF for eleven years as a specialist in Monitoring and Evaluation and his work was critical for the production, with the government, of the best facts and statistics on the state of children. These are used widely by aid professionals as they assess need and decide where to place resources. Mr. Awotunde made unique contributions to UNICEF’s work to save and enhance children’s lives in Nigeria. He will be deeply missed. Our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.