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Udoma pledges to monitor closely development goals implementation


Udo-Udo-Udoma-–-(Akwa-Ibom)--Minister-of-Budget-&-National-PlanningMINISTER of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma has assured that his ministry would closely monitor implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the country to avoid pitfalls that hampered the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Udoma, who stated this at the 20I5 Social Good Summit organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Abuja, maintained that monitoring of the SDPs would be done by the Budget and Planning Ministry to deliver sustainable development to the poor and vulnerable.

Director of Social Development in the Budget and Planning Ministry, Mrs. Stella Etiebet, who represented the minister, said that government was determined to pursue sustainability of the SDGs, adding that it would no longer be business as usual where no one was held accountable for any poorly executed task.

The minister noted that government was in full support of the SDGs and would do everything within its powers to ensure success of the programme within the context of an all-inclusive development plan.

Secretary of Programme (MDGs) and Director in the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs, Ocahap Ogenyi, in his remarks said that Nigeria was now in an era of action and implementation of the SDGs.

He explained that advocacy and mass awareness campaigns about the programme would be done in all the 36 states of the federation, including the FCT to ensure that people were carried along at all stages.

Ogenyi noted that two documents, ‘End Point report’ and a ‘Strategy Document on the way forward,’ had been produced by government to fast track implementation and success of the SDGs beginning from January next year.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Representative, Pa Lamin Betai, said at the event that Nigeria needed to learn from the mistakes made during the implementation of the MDGs in order to achieve success with the new road map.

While also calling for an all-inclusive development for all persons, Betai called on the Federal Government as well as all stakeholders to muster sufficient political will and determination to make the SDGs impact on more lives and the planet in general.

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