The Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (OSSAP-SDGs) has mobilised 400 corps members across the country to champion the implementation of SDGs 2030 in Nigeria.
Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, the SSA to the President, said this at the opening ceremony of the launch of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC)/SDGs Champions at the NYSC Orientation Camp, Keffi, Nasarawa State.
The ceremony was organised by the Office of the SSA on SDGs in collaboration with the NYSC with the theme: “Youth Taking Action to implement the 2030 Agenda”.
Mrs. Adefulire said the corps members were mobilised to help prevent the drawbacks found with the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Nigeria.
The aide said one major drawback was the inability of communities where projects were sited to take ownership of the projects.
Mrs. Adefulire said the 400 corps members mobilised would therefore assist in advocacy of the SDGs in the 36 states and local government areas of the country.
She said the corps members would be the mouth piece of the office of the SSA on SDGs, urging them to be a voice for the weak and report any cases of abuse that they see in their communities of service.
She said that although Nigeria made appreciable progress in the implementation of the MDGs, it encountered critical challenges which had been rolled over to be addressed by the SDGs.
According to the SSA, the 17 goals of the SDGs are integrated, indivisible and balance economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.
She said in an effort to domesticate, integrate and mainstream the new agenda, the office of the SSA on SDGs was working assiduously to establish the policy and framework for the implementation of SDGs in Nigeria.