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Nigeria, others, to vie for WHO’s DG seat

By Shola Ogundipe
Nigeria and other member nations of the World Health Organisation, WHO,  have obtained the green light to vie for the seat of the Director General of the organisation on rotational basis.

A resolution passed at the on-going 63rd World Health Assembly, WHA, in Geneva , Switzerland, confirmed that the decision was an agreement between member nations of the global health body.  It is the first time an Africa country would aspire to the top position of the global health body.

Vanguard gathered exclusively that the new resolution does not apply to the incumbent Director General of the Organization, but requests the Executive Board of the WHA to report on the actions taken to implement the new resolution to the 65th WHA in 2011.

A representative of the Nigerian government on the committee, Dr. Taiwo Avbayiru, told Vanguard in Geneva that since the inception of the WHA, only Europe, America and East_Asia are the only regions that have been producing the DG.

He said the Africa Union, AU, feels te position should change from what it was to accommodate others.

The AU request was for the rules and procedures to change to the Principle of Rotation rather than the Personal Competence and Experience Principle currently used by the Assembly.

In the AU, a position paper is usually presented at the Assembly by a selected country on behalf of the body.
This year, the position paper on rotation, was presented by Liberia and Cameroun on behalf of all the African countries


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