UNITED Nations has thrown its weight
behind the Federal Government’s
diversification programme as the
right way, especially with focus on the
agricultural sector.
Mr Edward Kallon, United Nations
Resident Coordinator in Nigeria,
disclosed this on Thursday at a courtesy
visit to Federal Institute of Industrial
Research FIIRO, Oshodi in Lagos.
Kallon said that Nigeria had the
potential to succeed, adding that the
country’s success was Africa’s success.
“You have depended too much on oil
but I am glad about the reorientation
agenda of your present government.
“Diversification is the way to go,
especially in the agricultural sector; we
can also do a lot in the solid minerals
sector.
“Nigeria is too big to fail. If Nigeria
succeeds in sustaining the Sustainable
Development Goals SDG, then all
Africa succeeds,” he said.
The UN official said his visit was
to find a way to work with FIIRO to
translate its research and development
findings into productive opportunities
for the youth.
He said that the United Nations
Development Framework had been
finalised and aligned with Nigeria’s
Economic Recovery Growth Plan ERGP,
and Vision 2020.
Kallon said that the framework
revolved around the SDG that aimed
at job creation, poverty alleviation and
empowerment.
“The UN framework had moved
from the ownership perspective to
partnership and would remain a central
theme of our relationships.
“We have tried to link the new
partnership framework to the SDGs,”
Kallon said.
According to him, the UN system will
be working towards three key outcomes
from 2018 to 2023.
He listed the outcomes as peace and
human right, quality and social services
and inclusive economic growth and
development.
Kallon said that FIIRO had impacted
on all the SDGs, adding that UN would
collaborate with it on all technological
innovations for job creation.
The UN official urged FIIRO to base
its research on promoting a market
demand driven strategy in identifying
areas of investment rather than
prescribing areas of investment.
Earlier, the Director-General of
FIIRO, Prof. Gloria Elemo, said that the visit would redefine the
institute’s collaboration with many UN
organisations.
Elemoh said that working with FIIRO,
the UN would achieve a lot more for the
betterment of Nigeria and Africa as a
continent.
“I am confident to let you know that
the institute would be very relevant
to the UN programmes on sustainable
development, poverty eradication, food
and nutrition security.
“FIIRO prides itself as the home
of indigenous technologies and as
technology providers to the micro, small,
medium and large sized enterprises,”
Elemo said.
She said that the institute’s
technologies had relevance in all the 774
local government areas in Nigeria and
was suitable for job creation. NAN

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