Enugu to host development partners for SDGs

Development partners will converge on Enugu on Tuesday for a roundtable on sustainable development with the Enugu State Government.

A statement by the Executive Secretary of the Enugu State Planning Commission, Mr Dan Onyishi, said the roundtable would discuss the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the state.

Onyishi said the conference would be hosted in collaboration with the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

He said that the event would also identify and align partners’ mandates and articulate synergies with the state government toward achieving the SDGs in the state.

He said that the one-day programme would focus on the key components of the four point agenda of the current administration in the state, adding that it would basically be interactive.

Onyishi mentioned the key components of the four-point agenda to include agriculture, education, environment, health and gender affairs.

It also includes water resources, finance and economic development, security and justice as well as poverty reduction and human capital development.

“The conference is expected to help showcase the main policy thrusts of the state government on sectoral basis.

“This is part of our strategy to provide the space to seek additional support from development partners.

“A successful outing will mobilise technical and funding support to complement the development efforts of the state government,” he said.

Onyishi stated that the recent economic downturn in the country had made it compelling for governments at all levels to think outside the box in exploring ways to increase resources for social service delivery.

He said that the initiative was the first of its kind in the South East, adding that the state government was open to doing business with development partners.

The event is in partnership with the DFID Regional Office for South East/South South and Start-up Hub and will hold at Nike Lake Resort.