A total of 400 corps members has been mobilised by the Office of Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Sustainable Development Goals to spearhead the implementation of SDGs 2030 across the 774 local government areas of the country.
SSA to the President on SDGs, Adekoje Orelope-Adefulire state this at the opening ceremony of the launch of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC)/SDGs Champions with the theme “Youth Taking Action to implement the 2030 Agenda” at the NYSC Orientation Camp, Keffi, Nasarawa State.
The SDGs’ programme is a universal call to action to end hunger, poverty, gender inequality and promote healthy living and economic growth among Nigerians.
She explained that the initiative is to guide against the challenges in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Nigeria.
“One of the aims of the NYSC/SGDs’ Champions will be to develop in the Nigerian citizenry a commitment to development through awareness creation in the implementation of the SDGs.
“It is also to galvanise Nigerians for active participation in the achievement of the SDGs. The SDGs champions who are the corps members will enrich SDGs’ activities in their various places of primary assignment.
“This will be done through collaboration with community members, private organisations to improve the lives of the youths in their various communities in line with the vision of the SDG’s in Nigeria,” she noted.
She said that although Nigeria made appreciable progress in the implementation of the MDGs, it encountered critical challenges which had been rolled over to be addressed by the SDGs.
“It is instructive to note that NYSC with its nationwide spread played a major role in galvanizing Nigerians for participation in the Millennium Development Goals and was in the forefront for the collection of data which resulted in the new global agenda for development, the SDGs.
“It is only logical for the office and NYSC to evolve this partnership of using corps members to drive the SDGs advocacy since the SDGs seek to complete the unfinished business of the MDGs,” she said.
Adefulire said the group, 400 corps members which formed the pilot batch from all the states of the federation and the FCT have been trained on advocacy to sensitize Nigerians in the 36 states.