According to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, the Federal Government is set to establish a Presidential Council for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the aim of providing high-level policy guidance, leadership and direction for the realisation of SDG targets.
Representing the country at the ongoing United Nations High-Level Political Forum in New York, USA, Orelope stated that the process for the establishment of the president council has already been put in place with two standing committees on SDGs, established in the Senate and the House of Representatives to enhance the legislative and oversight roles of the parliament in the scheme.
In spite of the challenges of a receding recession, largely degraded crisis in the North-East, and challenges in the Niger Delta, Orelope is of the opinion that Nigeria will stop at nothing to achieve the goals of the SDGs. Some of Federal Government’s ongoing pro-poor and pro-development interventions had made impacts in the fight against poverty, citing Social Investment Scheme targeted at the extremely poor and vulnerable among the interventions.
Also presented at the forum were some of the initiatives put in place by the government such as the Home Grown School Feeding Programme for public school children, Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme for unemployed youths, Women Economic Empowerment programme, and the N-Power programme for job creation for the youths, among others; as part of the Federal Government’s efforts to ameliorate the condition of its citizenry.
Though Nigeria had increased awareness on the UN global goals and has put in place mechanisms for identifying and targeting the poor through a “National Social Register’’ to ensure that “no one is left behind.”, emphasis was made on the need for joint effort, on the part of citizens and stakeholders all over the world, to make the SDGs attainable by 2030 in Nigeria.