Nigeria on track to attain SDGs, counters UN 

Nigeria Government is on course to achieve the United Nations agenda 2030 on sustainable development goals (SDGs). 

Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, senior special assistant to the president on SDGs, said this on Thursday during a presidential media team briefing on ‘Nigeria’s milestones on the sustainable development goals (SDGs)’.

The United Nations agenda 2030 seeks to achieve the elimination of poverty and extreme hunger, ensure equitable and universal access to education, other sustainable development goals by 2030.

Mathias Schmale, the United Nations (UN) resident and humanitarian coordinator had recently said Nigeria is not on track to achieve the SDGs.

Speaking on the development, Orelope-Adefulire said the federal government has displayed commitment towards achieving the SDGs by providing institutional frameworks at the national and sub-national level.

 “The Nigerian government has demonstrated strong commitment towards the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and the SDGs,” she said.

“Institutional frameworks have been established at the national and sub-national levels to support effective implementation of the SDGs. Thus, Nigeria is leading in the institutionalisation of the SDGs.

“In partnership with the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), we have successfully re-aligned Nigeria’s National Statistical System (NSS) with the requirements and indicators of the SDGs”.

On the domestication of the integrated sustainable development goals simulation model (iSDG), she said the process is ongoing.

 Orelope-Adefulire also said “robust monitoring and tracking systems have been designed to ensure effective tracking of interventions using computer-assisted software”.

​“To leave no one behind, we need the expertise and resources of all – public and private sectors, UN development system, donor community, academia, civil society and concerned citizens,” she added. 

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