Federal Government of Nigeria has commenced the process of mainstreaming and domesticating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into national and sub-national development plans according to Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire.
At the Validation Workshop of the Baseline Indicators for Monitoring the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria, Mrs Orelope-Adefulire that her office is working with the Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning to integrate the SDGs into the recently launched Economic Recovery and Development Olan (ERPG) of government.
She explained that her office was also reviewing implementation manual at sub-national levels with the view to ensuring that SDGs implementation are fast-tracked at the states and local government levels.
The Statistician General of the Federation, Dr Yemi Kale explained that Nigeria was the first country in Africa to produce data for the monitoring of SDGs while mentioning that the early development of measuring data for SDGs marked a clear departure from the MDGs experience. This, he said, made it extremely difficult to track progress accurately.
SDGs comprise 17 goals, 169 targets and 230 indicators launched by 193 Heads of Government including Nigeria at the 70th session of UN General Assembly in September 2015. It is the successor to the Millennium Development Goals (2000–2015) and seeks to foster inclusive development, while addressing the economic, environmental and social aspects of sustainable development.
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