The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, (SSAP-SDGs), Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, has advocated for a general stakeholders’ commitment in the quest to ensure zero discrimination across all strata of the society.
Orelope-Adefulire, in a statement issued by her Media Assistant, Desmond Utomwen, noted that the provision of Goal 16 Target (b) in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework enjoins nations to promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development.
“As we join the United Nations and other International Organisations to mark the Zero Discrimination Day, it is my honour to encourage everyone to continue to contribute and support the efforts aimed at eradicating all forms of discrimination.” Orelope-Adefulire stated, while calling for the adoption of policies, especially fiscal, wage and social protection policies, among other efforts to progressively achieve greater equality.
The SSAP-SDGs, while maintaining that the Nigerian government is doing its utmost to tackle the challenges of inequality and discrimination, just as it has made significant strides towards lifting people out of poverty, further noted that the government will continue to address all forms of inequality, disparities noticed in access to health and education services and other assets.
She opined that there is growing consensus that economic growth is not sufﬁcient to reduce poverty if it is not inclusive and if it does not involve the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental.
To reduce discrimination and inequality therefore, she stated that policies should be universal in principle paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalised populations.
The Presidential aide called for support of all stakeholders, including the private sector, civil society organisations (CSOs) and development partners in the entrenchment of mechanisms that will help empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion, economic and other status.