In its quest to leaving no one behind in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, on Wednesday 23 May 2018, engaged with the leaders of the various Local Governments legislature in Lagos State, to discuss the SDGs framework and the role of Councillors.
Addressing the Councillors from about 35 Local Governments (LGs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in Lagos State, the Director of UNIC, Mr. Ronald Kayanja, called on them to enact laws that would support the implementation and the achievement of the SDGs in the various Councils. He noted that the Local Government administration, including its legislative arm, has an important role to play in achieving the Agenda 2030.
Mr Kayanja demanded of the Councillors, to be champions of SDGs and social mobilisers in their communities; to be strong advocate for policies, both existing and new, that would enhance the implementation of the SDGs; to identify projects that align with SDGs; and to help identify which of the 17 SDGs are their priorities.
Declaring the event open, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, Mr Abayomi Kadiri, highlighted the stride of the Lagos Government in the implementation of the SDGs framework. He noted the collaboration with the United Nations in Nigeria as exemplified by support for SDGs sensitisation of the State and Local Government civil servants by UNIC; the mainstreaming of SDGs into Lagos State Development Plan with the support of UNDP; among others.
He assured that Lagos State would maintain the momentum towards achieving the goals and tartget of SDGs by 2030, through stronger collaboration with the UN.
Three presentations were made: ‘Understanding SDGs’ by the UNIC National Information Officer, Dr Oluseyi Soremekun; ‘Lagos State: From MDGs to SDGs’ by the Chief Statistician, Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, Ms. B. R. Ogbenusi; and ‘SDGs: The Lagos State Plan’ by an Assistant Director, Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. S. O. Olowonisaye.
The presentations were succeeded by an interactive session which highlighted the concerns of the Councillors in the implementation of the SDGs; the importance of partnerships; the need to move above daunting challenges to make things happen to the benefit of the constituents.
The councillors were decorated with “SDGs Wheel” pins as Champions of SDGs.