Abia is completely sold out to the SDGs agenda – Gov. Otti

Abia is completely sold out to the SDGs agenda – Gov. Otti

The Abia State Governor, Dr. Alex Otti has said that the state is completely sold out to the Sustainable Development Goals agenda because his administration understands what each component seeks to achieve, and the direct, and remote net positive impacts they are bound to have on present and future generations.

Speaking during an advocacy and sensitization visit on the acceleration of SDGs implementation in the state by the office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, at the Government house, Umuahia, Gov. Otti, also restated the commitment of his administration to doing everything it can, to reach the targets of the SDGs that fall within the limits of its constitutional responsibilities.

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The governor who was represented by his Deputy, Engr. Ikechukwu Emetu said his administration has also made infrastructural development a priority in line with the major landmarks of the SDGs framework.

“We are not unmindful of the corrosive effects of inflation and the decline in the value of the naira on the earnings of the average individual. At any point, we must persevere in the faith that those running our economic and financial system can turn the tide around in good time because ultimately, we cannot seriously hope to tackle poverty and hunger, which are critical components of SDGs framework, in a macroeconomic environment that is headlined by price uncertainties”.

The Governor who appreciated the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Princess Adejoke Orelepo Adefulire, for her commitment to the SDGs programme, recalled that the SDGs framework suffered major setbacks in the last few years following new developments that could not have been anticipated in 2015 when different world leaders including former President Muhammadu Buhari committed themselves to the implementation of inclusive global development agenda.

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He expressed optimism that at the end of the stakeholders forum/engagement, that practical ideas on attaining the SDGs target would be achieved.

Speaking earlier, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Princess Adejoke Orelepo Adefulire, disclosed that Nigeria has just six more years to achieve the 2030 SDGs agenda.

She said that the advocacy and sensitization exercise was to see how her office will work together with the critical stakeholders both actors and non actors to accelerate the achievement of SDGs.