Written by Scholastica JOSEPH

Stakeholders want synergy in SDGs implementation

Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, has called for synergy between states and the federal government for effective implementation of the goals.

Princess Adefulire stated this in Makurdi at a one-day workshop on "The Role of State Houses of Assembly in the Implementation/Achievement of the SDGs" organised for members of the Benue State House of Assembly.

She said the exigencies of time require the deepening of collaboration between those who drive the development process at the subnational and federal levels.

"Such synergies are pivotal as parliaments, civil society, international development partners and other stakeholders ensure that government and society at large mainstream, integrate and domesticate Internationally Agreed Development Goals, IADGs, including SDGs, in order to improve the lives of our people".

According to her, the 2030 Agenda for SDGs in Benue state require grassroots acceptance as well as policies, laws and financial resources for its successful and effective implementation.

She stressed that since the lawmakers were the legitimate representatives of their people, it was imperative to carry their voices, needs and aspirations during development discussions within and outside the parliament.

Governor Samuel Ortom while declaring the event open called on Nigerian legislators to explore useful avenues and make relevant legislations that would support the implementation/achievement of the SDGs in Nigeria.

Ortom maintained that Benue state under his leadership is committed to eradicating poverty in all its forms amongst the people, especially the rural agrarian subsistence farmers who currently bear a disproportionate burden of poverty and underdevelopment.

The governor who acknowledged the need for partnership said much still needs to be done to improve the living standards, economic and general wellbeing of the Benue people and added that he will continue to seek help from the federal government, development partners and other stakeholders to deliver his vision and campaign promises.

He further disclosed that in furtherance of implementation of the SDGs, his administration has, among others things, paid the sun of N1.2 billion to match OSSAP-SDGs' grant for state and LGs.

He noted that through this partnership, the state has contributed to SDG by constructing and equipping 42 primary health centres across the state, procured and supplied six referral vehicles to six LGs, constructed and equipped two garri processing factories, one each in Ogoli-Onyagede, Ohimini LAG and Ogwule-Kaduna in Agatu LAG along numerous others.

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