Actualisation of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria will be achieved with political will, goal setting and taking ownership by government at all levels especially local governments.
Director of the UN Information Centre (UNIC) Nigeria, Mr Ronald Kayanja highlighted this in Lagos while receiving a delegation from Alimosho Local Government led by the Council Chairman, Honourable Jelili Sulaiman.
The team visited the centre to solicit support and partnership for International Day of the Girl Child on 11th October 2019 being planned by the council.
Mr Kayanja explained that United Nations SDG Goals 4 which aimed at ensuring quality education for all and promotion of lifelong learning will be achieved with creation of awareness and implementation of initiatives that will better the lots of the citizens as well as the girl child.
The Director said so far Alimosho Local Government was working in line with the theme for this year, International Day of the Girl Child, “GirlForce: Unscripted and unstoppable”, UN would provide assistance to make it a success.
He noted that the International Day being planned by the council would achieved its lofty objectives when girl child was inspired through showcasing of individuals who have stepped beyond stereotypes to achieve success in the society.
“Observation of this International Day as being planned by the council would go along way to educate the public on issues of girl child, promote goodwill and galvanise resources to address these global problems”
“When leaders set goals, share their visions that they can get support from different stakeholders” He added
The UNIC Director who also affirmed the commitment of the Centre at supporting the council in organising a successful programme also encouraged the team to give attention to elimination of open defecation in the area.
“We must avoid reinforcing stereotype, and encourage girl child to build confidence and determination by showcasing individuals in the community who succeeded in breaking barriers” He stated
The Director who also presented the Universal Human Rights Charter to the team urged them to set agenda that will enable the council deliver in provision of social services as enshrined in the SDG.
The National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Nigeria, Dr. Oluseyi Soremekun also stressed that UN work in Nigeria encouraged collaborations with stakeholders on areas of development, promotion of dialogue, among tolerance among people of different culture, religion and race.
He stressed that the centre was working with stakeholders through provision of information that will bring services of United Nations to the public in the area of human rights, peace, and development.
The Council Boss, Honourable Jelili Suleiman had earlier told the UN Information Centre, Lagos that he anchored his polices and activities on SDG’s template and was working on provision of education infrastructure at creating conducive environment for learners in the council areas.
He stated that the council had also incorporated skills acquisition to the curriculum of primary school pupils to prepare them for vocational skills towards self-reliance.