PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has assured of Nigeria’s commitment to the faithful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
He gave the assurance on Tuesday in a solidarity 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.
He 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.”
The president also stressed 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.”
A statement issued in New York by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), quoted the president as further saying: “We are faithfully committed to our Country Transition Strategy and the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, both of which are guiding our national efforts.”
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.”
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,” the president joined the UN SDG Action Campaign to call on all stakeholders “to commit to achieving the historic 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.”
While calling for collective engagement and action, President Buhari maintained: “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.”
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