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Vision 2030: 400 corps members to implement SDGs in Nigeria

Vision 2030: 400 corps members to implement SDGs in Nigeria

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.

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