Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday declared that government was poised to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria so as to facilitate the reduction of poverty and unemployment in the country.
Osinbajo gave the indication during the inauguration of the Presidential Council on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Vice President said the council would provide policy direction for the implementation of the SDGs in Nigeria.
He further said the council’s work will be crucial for resource mobilisation, prioritisation of interventions, periodic assessment, as well as the overall oversight of SDGs implementation.
Osinbajo noted that the implementation of the SDGs was crucial to Nigeria’s development and it was an integral part of the administration’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, which President Muhammadu Buhari launched in April to guide Nigeria along the path of inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
“Progress on the Goals will have a positive effect on our poverty and unemployment numbers. It will reduce the number of mothers who die during childbirth and our children who are unable to mark their fifth birthday, and, of course, the figures also on out-of-school children,” he said.
A statement by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, quoted the Vice President as saying that this will also empower Nigeria’s girls and women, and bridge the gender inequality gap.
“Success with the implementation of the SDGs will have an impact on our cities, and on the quality of the lives of those who live within them,” Osinbajo said.
While noting that achieving the SDGs would mark a quantum socio-economic leap for Nigeria, Osinbajo urged all stakeholders to stay committed and work together to achieve the SDGs, as failure to achieve them will have grave implications for many generations.
“We are, therefore, in a real sense, a generation at the threshold of history, saddled with the responsibility of bringing about the change that will alter our development trajectory for the benefit of our people and planet,” the Vice President added.