President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigeria is committed to the faithful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs).
Buhari stated this on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 in his solidarity message on the Global Day to Act for the SDGs in New York, according to a statement issued in New York by his spokesperson, Mr Femi Adeshina.
The Global Day to Act for the SDGs coincided with the third anniversary of the adoption by Member States of the United Nations of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and commitment to the implementation of the 17 SDGs.
Buhari said: “On this anniversary of the adoption of the SDGs, I want to reiterate our commitment to working for a prosperous, peaceful and sustainable world, ensuring that no woman, man, girl or boy is left behind.”
He stressed that, as a committed member of the comity of Nations, Nigeria “will continue to work with multi-stakeholders including the United Nations System, civil society, development partners, private sector and the academia in the implementation of the SDGs.”
Further reaffirming Nigeria’s commitment, Buhari said: “We are faithfully committed to our Country Transition Strategy and the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, both of which are guiding our National efforts.”
The president emphasised that these efforts “at promoting accountable governance and fighting corruption, will provide for institutional effectiveness and increased resources to achieve the SDGs in the medium and long terms.”
The president further noted that the “SDGs provide us with an opportunity to work together to give present and future generations, a world without poverty, hunger and inequalities, and a planet which can sustain lives and ensure prosperity for all”.
He joined the UN SDG Action Campaign to call on all stakeholders “to commit to achieving the historic 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.
“Working in partnership, we have every opportunity more than before to ensure access to quality education and healthcare, to fight inequalities and ensure inclusive economic development, and to sustainably explore, manage and preserve our environment for present and future generations,” Buhari said.
By Prudence Arobani