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FG inaugurates committee on MDGs report

The Federal Government on Thursday in Abuja, inaugurated the Inter-Ministerial Technical Committee on the production of 2009 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report. The Minister National Planning Commission, Dr Shamsuddeen Usman, while inaugurating the committee, said the report would form part of the input into the United Nation’s MDGs.

According to Usman, the report will represent the fifth in the series of the progress reports, including the Mid-Term Assessment Report on the implementation of the MDGs in Nigeria. “It is reassuring to note that the report on mid-term assessment on MDGs shows that Nigeria has made remarkable progress in five key areas of the MDGs,” he said.

Usman said the government’s commitment to the achievement of the MDGs had been demonstrated by the enormous resources channeled to the execution of related initiatives. “It is equally noteworthy that the MDGs have been mainstreamed into the policy and development process at both the federal and sub-national levels. Let me assure you that the current administration will continue to accord high priority to the sustained implementation of the MDGs initiatives,” he said.

According to him, the committee is expected to conclude its work by the first week of August. He said members of the committee were representatives of NPC, MDGs officials, Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Health, Education, Women Affairs, Environment, Agriculture and Water Resources and Bureau of Statistics.

Others, according to him, are Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research, National Poverty Alleviation Programme and United Nations Development Programme. Hajiya Amina Az-Zubair, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs said: “We look forward to this report, because we believe a lot has happened in terms of investments,” she added. Speaking, Mr Daouda Toure,United Nations representative, said the UN would support the production of the report


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