ABUJA— The Federal Government has commenced planning to kick off implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, assuring that the programme would achieve its goals and targets to free the nation from poverty and deprivation.
Senior Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, said the country would soon hold a national and state-wide launch to begin its implementations.
Speaking at a stakeholders retreat on the implementation of the programme in Abuja, Orelope-Adefulire noted that the goals and targets of the SDGs were a response to the numerous challenges confronting the world today.
She said: “The SDGs, therefore, seek to address the unfinished business of the MDGs, foster inclusive development and social aspects of the sustainable development.
“Drawing from the lessons learnt in the implementation of the MDGs, it is evident that early commencement, strong political will, high level of support from legislators, local ownership, multi-level partnerships, coordination and synergy among the three tiers of the government are some of the factors necessary to achieve the SDGs.”
The implementation of the SDGs, according to her, must focus on developing national and state-wide blueprint for early implementation, prioritization and focus on development priorities and challenges such as healthcare, education and poverty.