All MDG projects will be completed —FG

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Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja

The Federal Government has assured Nigerians that it will use the Sustainable Development Goals programme to complete all the unfinished construction projects started under the Millennium Development Goals.

It urged the citizens to inform it of the MDGs projects in their various localities that had not been completed, promising to intervene as fast as possible.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, who disclosed this in Abuja at the commencement of the National Youth Service Corps/SDGs Champions in Nigeria programme, stated that her office was compiling data on the MDGs projects that had yet to be completed.

She said, “It is, therefore, only logical for the SDGs office and the NYSC to evolve a partnership of using corps members to drive the SDGs advocacy since the SDGs seek to complete the unfinished business of the MDGs.

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“One of the aims of the NYSC/SDGs Champions will, therefore, be to develop in the Nigerian citizenry a commitment to development through awareness creation in the implementation of the SDGs and to galvanise Nigerians for active participation in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.”

As part of measures to complete the projects, Orelope-Adefulire in January this year inaugurated some MDGs/SDGs projects in Kebbi State.

According to her office, the projects were constructed in Argungu, Birnin Kebbi and Jega local government areas of Kebbi State, and were sited in three schools and a motor park. They include the construction of a borehole and modern toilet facility, rehabilitation of selected schools, and supply of classroom furniture.

Orelope-Adefulire further stated that the implementation of the SDGs was envisaged to be community-based, adding that this would enhance a strict development programme and create zeal for the communities to protect and sustain the initiative.

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She called on corps members to sensitise their respective host communities to the importance of seeing the SDGs projects as their own.

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