Nigeria to eliminate waste in execution of SDG projects

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja.

The Nigerian government says it will eliminate waste and fight corruption in execution of Sustainable Development Goals projects across the country.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu said this in Abuja, during a three day SDGs Task Team Implementation meeting.

Adamu reiterated that the current economic realities of Nigeria demands for judicious use of available funds and more commitment in SDGs project execution.

‘‘The open initiative system of monitoring public expenditure on projects and programmes will be applied to the Sustainable Development Goals.’’

The Minister stressed that under the change mantra of the present government all efforts would be made to ensure value for money.

“We will therefore, eliminate waste and fight corruption in project execution in the education sector, the ministry is set to review contracts that were not effectively carried out and insist on proper execution.”

Commitment and achievement
Adamu emphasized that Nigeria is committed to achieving the sustainable development goals and the proper implementation of all projects related to the SDGs.

The Minister of Education explained that the 17 SDGs identify major transformational challenges such as issues of poverty, health, education and gender related issues.

“Recently a retreat with the theme multiple level partnership for effective implementation of the SDGs was organised as part of ongoing efforts to domesticate, integrate and accelerate progress on the implementation of the SDGs in Nigeria,” he said.

“the federal ministry of education is also organising various activities to ensure that SDG 4 is achieved timely in the sector,” the Minister stated.

The Minister called for Partnership with States and Local Governments to achieve successful implementation and achievement of SDG four by 2030.

Adamu urged the International Development Partners and the private organisations to declare their interventions to the government to avoid duplication and concentration of projects in one place.

SDG intervention
Speaking on SDG intervention in Unity Schools, Adamu stressed that it was aimed at producing results in relation to the value of fund utilised towards the improvement of access, retention and completion of studies by students in colleges.

“To the principals you are to exhibit a high sense of accountability, transparency, and adherence to the process in the execution of the projects and the programmes while efforts should be made to guard against abandonments of projects,” he explained.

Also speaking at the event, the secretary of programmes SDGs, Waziri Laminu, reiterated that are collaborating with the United Nations Development programmes, UNDP and the National Bureau of Statistics to develop a robust and comprehensive statistical information system for monitoring progress towards the achievement of SDGs.

The 17 goals of the SDGs are integrated, indivisible and balance the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.

According to him, “indeed the 17 goals,169 targets and 231 indicators will stimulate actiin over the net 15years in ar of critical importance to our people and our dear country, Nigeria.”