Abuja, Nigeria, December 28: The United Nations is deeply saddened by the death of one more person as a result of the attack on the UN House in Abuja on Friday, August 26, 2011. Mr. Fred Willis, a staff of UNICEF, passed on in South Africa on Friday, 23rd December.
Mr. Willis was one of the critically injured UN staff members on life support systems who were evacuated to South Africa on air ambulances in August. The UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Daouda Toure, who has consoled the family of the victim, described the late Mr. Willis as “a dedicated UN professional who, among other accomplishments, contributed immensely to building the capacity of staff and national institutions in vaccine security and logistics for humanity”.
The death toll from the bomb blast now stands at 25: 13 UN staff and 12 non-UN staff.
The United Nations Country Team in Nigeria (UNCT) once again presents its deepest condolences to the families of victims, and reiterates its gratitude to the authorities and people of Nigeria and other partners for their active support.
“The devastating attack has taken the lives of our colleagues and partners and maimed many people all of whom were in the building in the pursuit of service to others” said UN Resident Coordinator Daouda Toure. “Their sacrifice will not be in vain; we will strive to pursue our work, the work for the people of Nigeria as prescribed in the UN Charter, which says ‘we the people’.”
He reaffirmed that the United Nations System in Nigeria, composed of various agencies and organizations, will continue on its mission to improve the lives of poor people, to conquer hunger, disease and illiteracy, and to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms.
The UN program delivery also continues to focus on job creation, poverty alleviation, democratic governance, and reproductive and maternal health for all.