The executive arm of government has the responsibility of monitoring the implementation and execution of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure its successful achievement at local, national and international levels.

That was the postulation of the Imo State governor-elect, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, CON, KSC in a paper he presented at the 2019 Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development that was held at the World Conference Centre in Bonn Germany on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

In the paper with the theme: “The Role of Parliament in SDGs Monitoring”, the incoming governor of Imo State averred that the sustainable development goals are in tandem with national aspirations of the executive arm of government in developing countries.

On the role of the executive arm in the achievement of the SDGs, he said:

“In Nigeria, at the level of the Executive branch, an office is specifically dedicated to monitoring and executing the mandate of the SDGs. It is domiciled in the Office of the President, and headed by a Senior Special Assistant to the President. This Office monitors the implementation of the SDG goals in the country.

“In Nigeria, education, health, poverty eradication and infrastructure are critical sectors crying for more funding. It is my considered view that it is not just enough to end poverty and achieve the lofty goals and ideals enshrined in the SDG framework. It is also very important that better resourced countries and institutions should step up their assistance and intervention to less developed and poorer countries of the world.

“The number of out of school children in some African countries must attract the attention of the more financially endowed countries and financial institutions. That women and girls still die in their thousands during childbirth is totally unacceptable and should shock the conscience of world. That malaria still kills millions of people in some countries of the world is a crying shame to humanity.

“Whereas these less resourced countries have primary responsibility to lift themselves out of these problems, they need more help. More urgent help, if the SDGs would be attained by 2030 by a majority of the countries of the world.”

The Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development that was held at World Conference Centre in Bonn Germany, reportedly attracted numerous participants from across the world. It came to a close on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

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