Nigeria Urges Countries to Redouble Efforts on MDGs

Original Source: The Daily Trust

Thursday – 09 Feb, 2012 – Nigeria has called on countries across the globe to redouble their efforts to make the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) a reality.

Dr Precious Gbeneol, Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs made the call at a news conference on the UN Millennium Campaign and the progress of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Nigeria at the UN headquarters on Tuesday.

Gbeneol was accompanied by Rep. Adeyinka Ajayi, Member House Committee on MDGs.

She noted that the Federal Government was working with the UN Millennium Campaign as part of its commitment to achieving the MDGs goals by 2015.

“The partnership is a key element of our ‘countdown strategy’ and will broaden advocacy and citizen engagement on MDGs in Nigeria,” Gbeneol said.

According to her, the office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President has since inception been involved in building partnerships and implementation of programmes aimed at accelerating the attainment of the MDGs in Nigeria.

The Senior Special Assistant said some of its major accomplishments included the conditional grant scheme which had been extended to 113 local governments across all the states in the country.

“The office has also conducted a nationwide needs assessment and baseline survey of basic infrastructure and social facilities at local levels.

In his contribution, Ajayi said that lawmakers in the country were using the network of the African Parliament to ensure that MDGs programmes were effectively pursued to the benefit of citizens within the continent. (NAN)

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