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‘Why Nigeria may not achieve SDGs by 2030’

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Former Ambassador /Head of European Union (EU) delegation to the African Union Ambassador, Tim Clarke has tasked government and the academic community on sincere commitment to make the SDGs come true in the area of sustainable education through research.

He said efforts towards promoting research and implementation of the SDGs particularly in the area of education in the17 goals of the SDGs is significant in the quest to ensure all learners acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development.

Delivering the 16th convocation lecture of Igbinedion University, Okada, entitled, “Implementing SDGs in Africa Universities-Moving from Rhetoric to Action,” Clarke challenged the academic community to embark on research to achieve and ensure the implementation of the SDGs goals, noting that there are 17 goals with 2030 as the agreed timeline to meet the SDGs targets with a 15-year implementation period said the challenges for African countries are much higher than for most other continents.

He said that by signing up to the SDGs, every country commits to putting in place a development strategy tailor-made to its own needs.

The University Don who lamented that Nigeria’s performance by indicator for each goal was empty rhetoric urged government and the people to collectively commit to strengthening the spirit of national ownership to deepen the process of continuous sensitization and awareness on the SDGs, particularly through a robust and vigorous engagement with the grassroots – based Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to succeed.


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