The Federal Government is committed to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the benefit of all Nigerians. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, stated this in a statement released in commemoration of five years of the adoption of SDGs. This signals the beginning of the Decade of Action for the Global Goals.
According to the Presidential Aide: “As the global community commences the decade of action for the SDGs, we all recognise the significance of the year in our genuine desire to fast-track the achievements of the goals. In effect, members of the global community are now counting down the last 10-yaers to achieve the SDGs in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”
Stressing further, she said, “I can assure you that governments at the national and sub-national levels are working very hard in conjunction with our development partners and other critical stakeholders to ensure that Nigeria is not left behind in the race to achieve the SDGs. Individuals and families will also have roles to play in ensuring that no one is left behind.”
The presidential aide also added that Nigeria has made good strides in SDGs domestication processes and listed some of the concrete steps so far taken to accelerate the implementation of the goals. These include the commencement of the re-alignment of the National Statistical System (NSS) with the requirements and indicators of the SDGs; development of a novel home-grown ‘Integrated Sustainable Development Goals (iSDGs) Model, which stands as an analytical framework for assessing how policy making can better address the indivisible nature of the SDGs.
Nigeria has also successfully presented its Second Voluntary National Review on the SDGs to the UN High-Level Political Forum in July 2020, following its first submission in 2017.
“At the moment, we are working on the Integrated National Financing Frameworks (INFF) for the SDGs and supporting the domestication of Nigeria iSDG simulation Model as a Planning Model across the 36 states,” she informed, calling on all stakeholders to continue to take actions for the goals.
“Your action may just be in encouraging that family in your neighbourhood to keep their environment clean, send their children to school or letting them know the importance of attending hospitals for maternity or immunization services for their children. The task of building the society that we want is one that must be won and it rests on us all. Keep taking actions and make them count,” she admonished.
It would be recalled that World Leaders at the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2015, adopted the SDGs as a blueprint to achieve a better future for all. It is also a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by year 2030.
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