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CSOs Urge MDAs To Streamline SDG Policies

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Some Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have called on Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to streamline their policies with respect to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to create uniformity across all sectors.

Civil Society Partnership for Development Effectiveness and Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) made the call on Tuesday at a Training on “SDG 16 Shadow Report Development’’ in Abuja.

Dr Tola Winjobi, Principal Coordinator, Civil Society Partnership for Development Effectiveness, said that Nigeria was yet to record a milestone in terms of SDG achievements.

Winjobi said that a harmonized policy across the MDAs would give Nigeria an edge to effectively implement the SDGs from every angle and with each sector contributing towards national actualization of the goals.

He said that there was need for capacity-building across the sectors on SDGs for personnel to keep them abreast with SDG and equip them with data collection, monitoring, evaluation and reporting on the programmes.

According to him, there is still shallow knowledge of citizens on SDGs, especially in the private sector and professional associations, and even some government offices still hamper its achievement and many other factors.

“The economic recessions and general low commitments may impact on financing unpaid salaries, debts to contractors and uncompleted projects.

“Political climate beclouding political will as mainstreaming SDGs into national and state plans and programmes is not visible.

“Absorptive capacity versus increase in budgetary allocations to key SDG lines like education, health and agric also cripple its achievement.

“Inclusive participation in implementation is lacking against the “leaving-no-one-behind’’ mantra.’’

Winjobi recommended a country-wide awareness campaign using traditional, social, electronic and print media in English and native languages to reach out to people at all levels.

He also called for the need to conduct shadow reports and periodic assessment to ensure that everyone was on track to achieve the SDGs.
The Executive Director of CISLAC, Mr Auwal Rafsanjani, said there was need to develop an implementation action plan for all SDGs at the national and sub-national levels.

Rafsanjani said that Nigeria needed to develop a strategy to harmonise state development plans with the SDG implementation.

He also called for the strengthening of existing National Information Management System for data collection in collaboration with the Bureau of Statistics and state SDG counterparts covering all sub-indicators.

A project officer at CISLAC, Ms Chioma Kanu, said that Nigeria lacked a clear-cut, medium or long term national development plan that would harmonise the SDGs at national and sub-national levels.

Kanu, therefore, called for the establishment of a short, medium and long-term national development plan that included harmonization with the SDGs agenda 2063 and other relevant African development plans

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