The Director General, National Institute for Legislative Studies, Prof. Ladi Hamalai has said that, even in the face of economic recession, Nigeria can realize her dream of industrial revolution through, strengthened institutions and a policy thrust that could compel all political actors who have allegedly, mismanaged resources to invest such resources in targeted sectors of the economy.
The Director General, NILS Ladi Hamalai, a Professor of Development Studies while declaring the training Workshop for National Assembly Committee Clerks on Sustainable Development Goals open, cited the lessons from the Asian Tigers.
Hamalai said that studies have shown that the remarkable success story of the South Korea’s economy was attributed to the political will of the then leadership of Korea to make the best of the bad situation they found themselves as a nation. She argued that Nigeria’s economy can gain traction if such ingenious strategies and economic model were adopted. “… economic growth, especially through real sector development would lead to wealth creation, employment generation, reduction of poverty, hunger and disease”. She said.
Making a figurative reference to the Book “ Who Will Love My Country” authored by Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, the DG asked, rhetorically, Who Will Love Nigeria to help her turn around her fortunes.
Speaking on how Nigeria can prioritize her developmental framework in line with her needs, Prof Hamalai argued that “there is no standard approach to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals SDG, each country must decide on its own priorities, institutional and policy frameworks”.
Tracing the background leading to the adoption of the 17-goals transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Prof Hamalai stated that “the SDG is universal, people-centred and all-inclusive intervention, aimed at ending poverty, on all fronts, promoting peace and prosperity through a holistic approach. “The 2030 Agenda is a shared vision of humanity. It is about mobilization of resources and empowerment”.
While calling for cooperation between the executive arm of government with the legislature, the DG said that “Nigeria and indeed, the citizens should be the centre-piece of our SDG”
The Country Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), who was represented by Segun Olusola, stated that, constant oversight, public hearing, monitoring and evaluation of SDGs implementation are critical for its success.
He reiterated that, the SDGs need to be country-specific in order to address Nigeria’s development challenges. He assured that UNDP will continue to partner with NILS towards SDGs prioritization and implementation.
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 Workshop for National Assembly Committee Clerks on Sustainable Development Goals is training 100 Clerks of SDGs to foster a sense of national ownership and collective action.
Meanwhile, the National Institute for Legislative Studies has developed a tool-kit for the Legislature on SDGs and an oversight manual to assist the legislature in effective oversight of SDGs in Nigeria. 120 legislative Aides of Principal Officers of both, the Senate and House of Representatives have so far, received training on SDGs.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has overtime partnered with the legislature to translate the SDGs into enforceable national laws that respond to country-specific development priorities, monitor their implementation and ensure that government is accountable to the people for national progress on the SDGs.