FG To Boost MDGs — Sambo
The Federal Government on Monday gave assurance of adopting a suitable and progressive agenda, which would comprehensively take into account the current and emerging challenges that slow down the progress on the Internationally Agreed Development Goals (IADGS).
Vice President Namadi Sambo stated this while declaring open the Presidential Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Post-2015 Development Agenda at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.
The summit had as theme, “The MDGs and the Socio-Economic Transformation of Nigeria: 2015 and Beyond”. The vice president, who spoke on behalf of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the occasion, said the summit came at an opportune time.
According to him, government has put in place innovative programmes such as the Conditional Grants Scheme, while the countdown strategy, Nigeria’s blueprint to accelerating the attainment of the MDGs continues to guide the implementation.
Vice President Sambo explained, “Nigeria supports the African Common Position on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which promotes universal and equitable access to healthcare, gender equality and women empowerment, quality education and human capital development.
“The post-2015 development Agenda would have positive impact on the development trajectory of nations around the world if the new set of goals tackles the issues that were left unaddressed under the current framework.”
The vice president maintained that the MDGs framework has also helped to focus local and international attention on improving the lives of the most vulnerable in the society.
He gave assurance of government’s commitment to consider the outcome of the summit. Earlier, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs, Precious Gbeneol, revealed that despite the challenges being faced, Nigeria has recorded successes in reducing HIV prevalence, maternal and child mortality, gender parity amongst other goals. She said the summit was part of government’s efforts to set the post 2015 agenda aimed at improving the lives of citizens.
Gbeneol said: “As activities relating to the MDGs gradually wind down globally, the sustainability of projects implemented through the Nigeria MDGs office is of keen interest and as such, the need to develop a sustainability policy framework for these projects cannot be overemphasized.”
She stated that if implemented, the sustainability policy framework will ensure the continuous availability of portable water to millions of Nigerians beyond 2015.
Dauda Toure, United Nations Development Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Bethel Amadi, President, Pan African Parliament, state governors, ministers, National Assembly members, international and state development partners and stakeholders in the sector were among those present during the summit.