As the global community gears up to adopt a succession framework to the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, this week, the chief whip of the House of Representatives and Chairman, African Parliamentary Committee on MDGs, Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa, has urged the Federal Government to give more institutional and financial support for the incoming global agenda tagged: Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.
According to a statement signed by Desmond Utomwen, media consultant, OSSAP-MDGs, Hon Doguwa made the remark at the multi-stakeholders’ forum on the Sustainable Development Goals, held in Abuja on Friday.
Doguwa, who is a former Chairman, House Committee on MDGs, added that the implementation of MDGs in Nigeria was a success and called on Nigerians to support the new dispensation for the country to record a better result in the implementation of SDGs. He advocated for immediate localisation of the SDGs as soon as it is adopted later this month to avoid the lapses recorded with the outgoing agenda, whose implementation was delayed for about six years after the Millennium Declaration was made in 2000.
“Localisation of the SDGs is key and it is important that the current legal and administrative structures are retained. It is also imperative that the two chambers of the National Assembly constitute standing committees on SDGs.
“We are also calling for proper funding. No amount of expenditure is too much in the funding of the SDGs as it is the whole essence of development,” Doguwa stated.
In his remark, the director/acting secretary of programme, OSSAP-MDGs, Ochapa Ogenyi assured that the 17 new goals and 169 targets contained in the new framework hold great promises for Nigeria as they are carefully crafted to address the three sustainable development dimensions of economic, social and environmental issues as well as complete the unfinished business of MDGs.
“The SDGs are intended to end extreme poverty, transform lives, improve the planet and promote socio-economic development and prosperity. The Goals are designed to complete the unfinished business of the MDGs and address the economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainable development.
The SDGs will feed into the national development plans and address the challenges of poverty especially as it relates to human health and disaster vulnerability in poor and developing countries.
“The principle of the SDGs is in line with the commitment of this administration to improve the lives of the poor and fast-track the country’s development.
“Implementing the SDGs will therefore help developing countries realise these tremendous opportunities in the three dimensions of sustainable development.”

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