The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable
Development Goals (SSAP – SDGs) Princess Adejoke Orelope – Adefulire
has assured His Excellency, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya,
Executive Governor, Gombe State of her Office strong support and
partnership in some key areas of the Federal Government Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) especially in the areas of high quality
education, good primary health care, human capital development and
girl child development among others.
- She made this statement when His Excellency, Alhaji
Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, the Executive Governor of Gombe State
paid her a courtesy visit on Tuesday 21 st July, 2020 in her office.
- The SSAP informed His Excellency, that the OSSAP – SDGs is
working very hard to achieve the vision and mission of the Office and to
ensure the implementation and achievements of the SDGs Agenda by
2030 with the principle of “Leaving No One Behind.
- Highlighting some of the recent development in the Office, the
SSAP – SDGs said Nigeria participated in the recent United Nations High
Level Political Forum (HLPF) meeting virtually. Adding that, Nigeria
through the OSSAP – SDGs focused on seven key issues of SDG 1- No
Poverty, SDG 3- Good health and well-being, SDG 4- Quality Education,
SDG 5- Gender Equality, SDG 8- Decent Work and Economic Growth,
SDG-16 Peace, Justice and strong Institutions and SDG-17 Partnerships.
These, according to her are based on Nigeria
s current development objectives of President Muhamadu Buharis Administration.
- Princess Adejoke further stated that, despite the COVID 19
Pandemic and it`s negative effect on the economy, it has directly or
indirectly open the eyes of the Government to look inward of the
economic diversification to generate revenue, pointing out that, Nigeria
will gradually surmount all the problems adding that, OSSAP – SDGs has
started the plan to launch another Voluntary National Review (VNR)
report by 2022.
- However, the SSAP –SDGs said that, her Office is working with the
Ministry of Labour and Productivity to see how women and girl child
can be empowered, because women are the rock of every family, that
the role of women can never be over emphased. Also, in the plan is to
educate the women and empower them through skill development
which if achieved will drastically reduce domestic violence in the homes
and other social vices.
- The SSAP – SDGs re-affirmed her support to partner with His
Excellency, the Executive Governor of Gombe State in achieving the
SDGs in his state especially the three key areas of Education, Health and
Human Capacity Building. She further commend the Governor for
effective handling of Security challenges, and Almajiri`s problems in the
state. She thanked him for the good work he is doing and further wish
him all the best in governance.
- Speaking earlier, His Excellency, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa
Yahaya, Executive Governor, Gombe State applauds the SSAP-SDGs for
her achievements so far. He said, his visit is to see how best he can
partner with OSSAP –SDGs especially in the areas of Human Capacity
Development, Provision of High Quality Education, Good Primary
Health Care and Girl Child Development.
- He said the State has recently registered about three hundred and
twenty thousand (320,000) out – of – school children back to school,
adding that most of them the Almajiri children were tested for COVID
19 and those of them found positive were treated. He further said,
efforts are on-going to make sure that all out-of-school children in the
state are enrolled back to school and taken care of.
- The Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya said the effect of
insecurity in the surrounding states of Yobe, Bornu, Adamawa and
Taraba is taking its toll in the states infrastructural development. The
Governor prayed that, the OSSAP – SDGs through its Conditional Grant
Scheme (CGS) Intervention will come to their aid.