Towards Citizens’ Ownership of SDGs, A Call for Legislative Strategy

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    Wednesday June 2017

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Nigeria is billed to present a collective national report on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) at a forum, come July 2017.
The country is expected to share its success story and present its challenges and national report on the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, at a High-Level political Forum, before the international community.
The forum which holds in New York from July 17 – 19 would afford Nigeria, along with 44 other countries, the opportunity not only to articulate practical ways through which the Nigerian Parliament can promote national ownership of the SDGs, but mobilize additional support and partnership for the implementation of SDGs.
The Deputy Country Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Mandisa Masholou, disclosed this during a training on SDGs for Senior Legislative Aides to Principal Officers of the National Assembly.
“This training is critical to fostering a sense of national ownership and collective action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity”.
Madisa also stated that “while, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is uniquely placed to help implement the goals through supports provided in over 160 countries, it is by translating the SDGs into enforceable national laws that respond to country-specific development priorities, monitoring their implementation and ensuring government is accountable to the people for national progress on the SDGs, that parliaments can drive that change”.
She added that currently, the UNDP is providing technical support to Akwa-Ibom, Bornu, Benue, Edo, Anambra, Kogi and Adamawa states.
In a keynote address, Chief of Staff to the Senate President, Hakeem Baba Ahmed, noted that “the core function of the legislature is to pass quality Bills that would improve the lives of ordinary Nigerians and Parliamentary oversight led to the overall reduction in capital and recurrent expenditure and ensuring that only projects with direct relevance to the people are prioritized in budgetary allocation”.
The Director General, NILS Ladi Hamalai, a Professsor of Development Studies while declaring the training open, noted that the legislative Aides are critical in facilitating legislations that would be useful in the attainment of the SDG targets. She noted the training is apt, as the Federal Lawmakers play important roles in the implementation of SDGs.
The 2030 Agenda has been described by experts as unique in a number of ways, for instance, it emphasizes inclusiveness for both governmental and non state actors. The agenda includes 17 goals which include: end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture; ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all; ensure inclusive and equitable quality education; achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, among others.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), otherwise, known as Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
The NILS-UNDP Training on SDG programme was organized by the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS), in partnership with UNDP.