Friday, May 29, 2020



Chancery: Bulevar Oslobodjenja 87, Belgrade
Tel: +381 (11) 3910-762, +381 (11) 3910-763, +381 (11) 3910-764
Fax: +381 (11) 3912-311
E-mail: [email protected]

Working hours:
Monday – Friday: 09.00 to 16.00
Monday – Friday: 09.00 to 12.00h (Consular Section)

H.E. Mr. Harold Augustus KOKO

H.E. Mr. Harold Augustus KOKO

BIODATA Name: Harold Augustus Koko Date of Birth: 28 April, 1956 Place of Birth: Okrika Via Port Harcourt Nationality: Nigerian State of Origin: Rivers State Local Govt. Area: Port-Harcourt (Ward 20-Amadi-Ama) Marital Status: Married Next of Kin: Mrs. Christiana Ibifuro Koko (Wife) Present contact Address: Embassy of Nigeria, Bulevar Oslobodjenja 87, Belgrade, Serbia. Tel. +381113910762-4 E-mail: [email protected]

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS ATTENDED PRIMARY i. Salvation Army Primary School, Port-Harcourt: 1962-1964 ii. Government Primary School, Eket: 1964-1966 iii. Niger Council School, Onitsha: 1966-1968 SECONDARY i. Stella Maris College, Port-Harcourt: 1970-1974 ii. Baptist Academy, Lagos: 1974-1976 2 UNIVERSITY i. University of Ife (OAU), Ile-Ife: 1977-1980 ii. University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos: 1987-1988 iii. John Cabot University, Rome: 2001 PROFESSIONAL TRAINING i. Foreign Service Academy, MFA, Lagos: 1982-1983 ii. Train the Trainer Course, ASCON, Lagos: 2006

EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION i. First School Leaving Certificate: 1968 ii. West-African School Certificate: June 1974 iii. Higher School Certificate: June 1976 iv. Bachelor of Arts (S.Hons) Degree-History: 1980 v. Master of Int. Law and Diplomacy (M.I.L.D) Degree: 1988 vi. National Youth Service Certificate: 1980/81 vii. Foreign Service Academy Certificate: 1983 viii. Introduction to Personal Computer and Microsoft Office Certificate: 2001 PROFESSION: Career Diplomat 3

WORKING EXPERIENCE 1980 – 1981: Senior History/English Teacher at Government College, Pankshin, Plateau State, under the National Youth Service Corps Scheme. 4 August, 1981: Appointed Foreign Affairs Officer, Grade VIII, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lagos. Has since held the following positions: 1981-1983: Third Secretary-Foreign Service Officer (FSO) Grade VIII, Consular and Legal Affairs Dept, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Lagos. 1983-1984: Second Secretary (FSO VII), Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations, New York. 1984-1986: Second Secretary (FSO VII), Head of Chancery/ Administration, Embassy of Nigeria, Luanda, Angola. 1986-1990 : First Secretary (FSO VI), Inter-African Affairs Dept. OAU Affairs, MFA, Lagos. 1990-1993: First Secretary (FSO VI) Head of Chancery/ Administration and Political Desk, Embassy of Nigeria. Conakry, Guinea. 1993-1995: Counsellor (FSO V), International Cooperation Department, MFA, Abuja. 1995-1998: Senior Counsellor (FSO IV), Directorate of Technical Aid Corps, MFA, Abuja. 1998-2003: Minister Counsellor (FSO III), Head of Chancery/ Administration; Consular Desk Officer, Embassy Of Nigeria, Rome, Italy. 4 2003-2005: Assistant Director (FSO II), Research and Statistics Division, MFA, Abuja. 2008-2009: Director II (FSO Special Grade), Second United Nations Division, International Organisations Dept, MFA, Abuja. INTERNATIONAL MEETINGS/SEMINARS AND CONFERENCES ATTENDED Attended and participated in several International meetings and conferences in the course of above stated career experience, including the following :  United Nations General Assembly and Economic and Social Council Meetings;  Meetings and Conferences Against Human Trafficking ;  Meetings on UN Food and Agricultural Organisation; and  General Assemblies of UN World Tourism Organisation and UNWTO Commission for Africa Meetings. PRESENT APPOINTMENT Present Appointment: Foreign Service Officer Special Grade, SGL 17 Date of Present Appointment: 1 January, 2012 Present Designation and Post: Ambassador /Head of Mission Embassy of Nigeria Belgrade.

HOBBIES Games/Lawn and Table Tennis, Reading and travelling

National Day: October 1st

The Federal Republic of Nigeria

Commonly referred to as Nigeria Listen, is a federal constitutional republic in West Africa, bordering Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north. Its coast in the south lies on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. It comprises 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abuja is located. Nigeria is officially a democratic secular country.

Modern-day Nigeria has been the site of numerous kingdoms and tribal states over the millennia. The modern state originated from British colonial rule beginning in the 19th century, and the merging of the Southern Nigeria Protectorate and Northern Nigeria Protectorate in 1914. The British set up administrative and legal structures whilst practising indirect rule through traditional chiefdoms. Nigeria became a formally independent federation in 1960, and plunged into a civil war from 1967 to 1970. It has since alternated between democratically-elected civilian governments and military dictatorships, until it achieved a stable democracy in 1999, with its 2011 presidential elections being viewed as the first to be conducted reasonably freely and fairly.

Nigeria is often referred to as the “Giant of Africa”, owing to its large population and economy. With approximately 182 million inhabitants, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world. Nigeria has one of the largest populations of youth in the world. The country is viewed as a multinational state, as it is inhabited by over 500 ethnic groups, of which the three largest are the Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba; these ethnic groups speak over 500 different languages, and are identified with wide variety of cultures. The official language is English. Nigeria is divided roughly in half between Christians, who live mostly in the southern part of the country, and Muslims in the northern part. A minority of the population practise religions indigenous to Nigeria, such as those native to Igbo and Yoruba peoples.

As of 2015, Nigeria is the world’s 20th largest economy, worth more than $500 billion and $1 trillion in terms of nominal GDP and purchasing power parity respectively. It overtook South Africa to become Africa’s largest economy in 2014. Also, the debt-to-GDP ratio is only 11 percent, which is 8 percent below the 2012 ratio. Nigeria is considered to be an emerging market by the World Bank; It has been identified as a regional power on the African continent, a middle power in international affairs, and has also been identified as an emerging global power. Nigeria is a member of the MINT group of countries, which are widely seen as the globe’s next “BRIC-like” economies. It is also listed among the “Next Eleven” economies set to become among the biggest in the world. Nigeria is a founding member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the African Union, OPEC, and the United Nations amongst other international organisations.

In the 2014 ebola outbreak, Nigeria was the first country to effectively contain and eliminate the Ebola threat that was ravaging three other countries in the West African region, as its unique method of contact tracing became an effective method later used by other countries, such as the United States, when Ebola threats were discovered.

Since 2002, the North East of the country has seen sectarian violence by Boko Haram, an Islamist movement that seeks to abolish the secular system of government and establish Sharia law. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in May 2014 claimed that Boko Haram attacks have left at least 12,000 people dead and 8,000 people crippled. At the same time, neighbouring countries, Benin, Chad, Cameroon and Niger joined Nigeria in a united effort to combat Boko Haram in the aftermath of a world media highlighted kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls and the spread of Boko Haram attacks to these countries.