SDGs 2030 : Governments should pay attention to resourcing, budgeting, monitoring, evaluation ....Adirieje
Chairman of the Nigeria Civil Society Organizations Strategy Group on the Sustainable Development Goals, CSOSG-SDGs-Nigeria, Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje, has called on the Federal, States and Local Governments to pay more attention to resourcing, budgeting, management, monitoring and evaluation, M&E, of the implementation of SDG projects.
He made this known recently during an event host virtually via zoom, by the Senior Special Assistant to the Abia State Governor Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, on SDGs, Chimdi Nwokeukwu, recently and made available to journalists in Abuja.
Adirieje noted that, Nigeria through the Office of Senior Special Assistant to the President on the SDGs, Civil Society Organizations, partners and other stakeholders, has made modest and sincere efforts to position the country to achieve the objects of the UN "Decade of Action", that would end in 2030 on the SDGs.
He added that, "We have plans on the group, but it is also important to mobilise everyone especially for government to pay critical attention to resourcing, budgeting, management, monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the SDGs, but over all government, CSOs, partner and stakeholders have shown commitment. "Nigerians for me, are available to be mobilised to achieve the SDGs as much as possible.
Adirieje who also doubles as Global Coordinator and UN Representative of Afrihealth Optonet Association - a CSOs Network, said "Every unit of society should be mobilised and sensitised enough to have an achievable plan for their respectively chosen SDGs within the 'Decade of Action' for the SDGs. "Each of these cadres of society may have to focus on a different SDG goal to accomplish, depending on a thorough and well tailored 'needs assessment' in the SDGs."
"In some families or populations, their SDGs challenge might be on longer/higher educational pursuits or Health. And in some Local Government Areas LGAs and States, it may be Energy, Environment, Food Security, etc."
Adirieje, who is also the National President and a Fellow of the Nigerian Association of Evaluators, NAE, and Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Universal Health Coverage Actions Network, NUHCAN, posited that SDG 17 is the workhouse for achieving all the other SDGs, that is where all sectors of the society come together, from country to region and all over the world to synergize, concretize, agree and share common goals and aspiration towards achieving the SDGs.