At least 230 Nigerian peacekeeping troops serving under the United Nations Mission in Liberia, UNMIL, were awarded the United Nations peacekeepers medal on Monday.
The UNIMIL, which announced the awards in a statement on Friday, said the peace keepers were conferred with the UN medals at a ceremony in Morovia in recognition of their contributions to peace and stability in Liberia.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General, SRSG, Farid Zarif, presided over the ceremony at Camp Abuja in Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia.
The UNIMIL said the UN medals were also presented to Staff Officers, Military Observers, and the Pakistani Medical Contingent, PAKMED.
In his remarks, Mr. Zarif said the peacekeepers contributed towards strengthening and consolidating peace and stability in Liberia.
“They have brought pride and honour, not just to their contingents, but also to their nations,” Mr. Zarif said.
“You have also given meaning to the United Nations services throughout the world by helping nations in distress in order to fight back some of the challenges that may have gone beyond their capacity,” he added.
The SRSG urged the peace keepers to take pride in their contributions to serving the common cause of the United Nations by helping humanity and nations in distress.
He said by so doing, peacekeepers justify the presence and continuation of the work of the United Nations as the most indispensable organization without which humanity would be in difficult distress.
“Be proud of what you are doing in supporting and maintaining peace around the world and helping other nations,” he added.
The event was graced by top officials of UNMIL and UN Country Team, including the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, DSRSG, for Peace Consolidation, Yacoub El Hillo, Force Commander, Salihu Zaway Uba, a major-general and Director of Mission Support DMS, David Penklis.
However, UNIMIL said the Security Council at its 7851st meeting held on December 23, 2016 adopted the Resolution 2333 (2016) that extended its mandate for a final period until March 30, 2018.
A request has also been sent to the Secretary-General to complete the withdrawal of all uniformed and civilian UNMIL components, other than those required to complete the Mission’s liquidation, by April 30, 2018.