Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to the faithful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs).
This was even as the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has urged increased legislative priority and inclusive process in the implementation of SDGs.
According to Auwa Ibrahim Musa Rafsanjani, Executive Director, CISLAC, effective implementation of the SDGs requires greater transparency, accountability and political will, and the legislators as custodians of the SDGs are to promote, safeguard and strength oversight activities on implementation of the SDGs to high impact and efficiency at all levels.
President Buhari in his message on the Global Day to Act for the SDGs which coincided with the third anniversary of the adoption by Member States of the United Nations of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and commitment to the implementation of the 17 SDGs said, “On this anniversary of the adoption of the SDGs, I want to reiterate our commitment to working for a prosperous, peaceful and sustainable world, ensuring that no woman, man, girls or boy is left behind.”
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He assured that as a committed member of the comity of nations, Nigeria “will continue to work with multi-stakeholders including the United Nations System, civil society, development partners, private sector and the academia in the implementation of the SDGs.
“We are faithfully committed to our Country Transition Strategy and the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, both of which are guiding our national efforts.”
President Buhari emphasised that these efforts “at promoting accountable governance and fighting corruption, will provide for institutional effectiveness and increased resources to achieve the SDGs in the medium and long terms.”
The president, while noting that the “SDGs provide us with an opportunity to work together to give present and future generations, a world without poverty, hunger and inequalities, and a planet which can sustain lives and ensure prosperity for all,” joined the UN SDG Action Campaign to call on all stakeholders “to commit to achieving the historic 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.”
Calling for collective engagement and action, President Buhari said, “Working in partnership, we have every opportunity more than before to ensure access to quality education and healthcare, to fight inequalities and ensure inclusive economic development, and to sustainably explore, manage and preserve our environment for present and future generations. Let us work together.”