From Theresa Egba, Abuja
THE Federal Government has commenced the process for the development of a national strategy that will allow a smooth transition to the Sustainable Development Agenda (SDGs) from the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) framework.
The transitional strategy has become important given that the SDGs is slated to commence on January 1, 2016. The Director/Secretary of Programme in the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs, Ochapa Ogenyi, made this known at a stakeholders’ validation workshop on the national strategy for transitioning to the SDGs held in Abuja recently.
A statement issued by Desmond Utomwen, the Media Consultant to OSSAP- MDGs, quoted Ogenyi as saying that with the adoption of the successor framework at the recently concluded 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Nigeria must immediately hit the ground running from January 2016 unlike the MDGs whose implementation was delayed for six years.
“As the SDGs take effect on January 1, 2016, it is now time for action and implementation. This time, all hands have to be on deck to ensure early and smooth transition to the SDGs. With your collective support, the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs (OSSAP-MDGs) stands ready to mainstream the SDGs in Nigeria. In this regard, we have undertaken a number of activities to ensure effective transition,” Ogenyi stated.
Source : SunOnline