The Federal Government will soon establish a Presidential Council for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to provide high-level policy guidance, leadership and direction for the realisation of the targets.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire said this at the ongoing United Nations High-Level Political Forum in New York while presenting Nigeria’s Voluntary National Review on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to a statement by her Media Assistant, Desmond Utomwen, the Senior Special Assistant said the process for the establishment of the presidential council had already started, adding that two standing committees on the SDGs had been established in both the Senate and the House of Representatives to enhance the legislative and oversight roles of the National Assembly.
Mrs. Orelope-Adefulire told the UN forum that the Federal Government remained undeterred in making the required progress in achieving the goals of the SDGs in spite of the “challenges of an already ebbing recession, largely degraded crisis in the Northeast, and resolving militancy in the Niger-Delta”.
She said some of the Federal Government’s ongoing pro-poor and pro-development interventions had made impacts in the fight against poverty like the Social Investment Scheme targeted at the extremely poor and vulnerable; Home Grown School Feeding Programme for public school children; Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme for unemployed youths and the Women Economic Empowerment programme.
She listed the N-Power Programme for job creation for the youths and the Conditional Grant Scheme as part of the Federal Government’s efforts to ameliorate the condition of its citizenry.
“I wish to reaffirm that Nigeria has clearly defined her path to the 2030 Agenda. We count on the strong patriotism and goodwill of the citizenry, the commitment of the stakeholders as well as the support from the global fraternity of nations to ensure that no Nigerian is left behind,” the presidential aide added.
Mrs. Orelope-Adefulire said Nigeria had increased the national awareness around the goals and put in place mechanisms for identifying and targeting the poor through a “National Social Register’’ in order to ensure that “no one is left behind”.