MPs Oppose Closure Of UNESCO Office

Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A delegation of Benin parliamentarians Thursday left for Lome, to meet with their Togolese counterparts to try and stop the planned closure of the UNESCO mission in Porto Novo, 30-km from Cotonou.
Benin parliamentary sources said the delegation is seeking a reversal of the UN specialised agency's decision to shut that office.
Led by the chairman of the Education Commission in the National Assembly, Georges Guedou, the delegation intends to reach a common position with Togo, against the planned closure.
While in Lome, the delegation is expected to discuss the issue with the chairman of the Education Commission of the Togolese parliament and the chancellor of the University of Lome.
UNESCO is said to be contemplating merging a number of its representative offices as a cost-cutting measure.
Under the move, the offices for Benin-Togo, Cote d'Ivoire and Nigeria, are expected to merge with that of Ghana.

01 february 2001 22:44:00




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