*VP launches independent assessment document of SDGs 3 and 4
* Says goals align with FG’s desire to lift 100 million people out of poverty in a decade
Determined to improve the effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria, the Federal Government will build on the existing institutional framework to promote stronger partnerships and synergies among stakeholders, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
Professor Osinbajo said so in his remarks delivered virtually at the launch of the Independent Assessment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3 and 4 in Nigeria.
SDG-3 prioritizes “quality health and well-being for all”, while SDG-4 focuses on “quality and inclusive education and lifelong learning for all “.
The Vice President said that Nigeria has an appropriate institutional framework and that “the Federal Government will continue to promote strong partnerships and synergies between its Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and its development partners for effective implementation. coordinated implementation of the SDGs”.
According to him, “These strategic assessments build evidence of improved health and education outcomes in Nigeria and highlight how all stakeholders – government, development partners and civil society can better address systemic gaps and challenges.
“With this official launch comes the responsibility for us to intentionally use the key findings of both assessments to strengthen policies that support the achievement of the SDGs.”
Referring to the government’s efforts to ensure the goals are met, the Vice President noted that “achieving inclusive sustainable development is a goal that aligns closely with our government’s desire to lift 100 million people out of poverty in 10 years.
“It is for this reason that the Federal Government of Nigeria has put in place a number of ambitious programs to support the acceleration of the achievement of the SDGs.
“More positively, the National Home Grown School Feeding Program (NHGSFP) has helped increase enrollment and slightly improve learning outcomes.”
Speaking on the findings of the assessment, the Vice President said “on SDG-3 ‘Quality health and well-being for all’, the report notes that Nigeria has an appropriate institutional framework, among which are the Basic Health Care Provision Fund and the National Health Insurance Act – both of which deal with health financing as a means of improving access to care.
“On SDG-4 “Qualitative and Inclusive Education and Lifelong Learning for All,” the report notes that education sector policies and strategies at both federal and state levels, are aligned with the goal of SDG-4.1, especially in the formulation of plans.”
While noting some gaps in the implementation of SDG-3, Prof. Osinbajo said stakeholders need to synergize to “create self-sustaining financial architecture, universal health coverage, improved clinical governance and staffing.” harmonious health – all of which should prepare us for the challenges of the 21st century.
“This must be accompanied by strengthening accountability mechanisms at the level of state governments to improve resource mobilization,” the Vice President added.
Addressing the challenges in implementing Goal 4, the Vice President said that “transparency around education budgeting and spending needs to be improved. Likewise, governance issues at federal, state and local government levels remain central to education provision in Nigeria.
In her remarks, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on the SDGs, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment to the successful implementation of the SDGs, noting that “effective implementation requires periodic evaluation to ensure measurement of progress, generate knowledge and inform policy change”.
Among the dignitaries present at the event were representatives of state governors, federal ministers and United Nations Under-Secretary-General Ms. Amina Mohammed, who delivered her address virtually.
Other officials present at the launch were the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Mr. Matthias Schmale, the UNICEF representative, and heads of government agencies and departments, among others.