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UNIC engages with LG leaders on achieving SDG goals

 

 

 

Bukola Afeni

In its quest to leaving no one behind in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos,engaged with the leaders of the various Local Governments legislature in Lagos State, to discuss the SDGs framework and the role of Councillors.
Addressing the Councillors from about 35 Local Governments (LGs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in Lagos State, the Director of UNIC, Mr. Ronald Kayanja, called on the councillors to enact laws that would support the implementation and the achievement of the SDGs in the various Councils. He noted that the Local Government administration, including its legislative arm, has an important role to play in achieving the Agenda 2030.
“We want you to be champions of SDGs and social mobilisers in your communities,to be strong advocate for policies, both existing and new, that would enhance the implementation of the SDGs”

The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, Mr Abayomi Kadiri, highlighted the stride of the Lagos Government in the implementation of the SDGs framework.
“The collaboration with the United Nations in Nigeria as exemplified by support for SDGs sensitisation of the State and Local Government civil servants by UNIC,has helped in mainstreaming of SDGs into Lagos State Development Plan with the support of UNDP; among others”
He assured that Lagos State would maintain the momentum towards achieving the goals and tartget of SDGs by 2030, through stronger collaboration with the UN.
Three presentations were made: ‘Understanding SDGs’ by the UNIC National Information Officer, Dr Oluseyi Soremekun; ‘Lagos State: From MDGs to SDGs’ by the Chief Statistician, Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, Ms. B. R. Ogbenusi; and ‘SDGs: The Lagos State Plan’ by an Assistant Director, Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. S. O. Olowonisaye.

The presentations were succeeded by an interactive session which highlighted the concerns of the Councillors in the implementation of the SDGs; the importance of partnerships; the need to move above daunting challenges to make things happen to the benefit of the constituents.

The councillors were decorated with “SDGs Wheel” pins as Champions of SDGs.

 

 

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