UN pledges mega support for Nigeria

Timothy Choji, Abuja

 The United Nations says it will help Nigeria achieve its Sustainable Development Goals.

Executive Director of the UN Fund for Population Activities UNFPA, Professor Babatunde Osotimehin disclosed this in an interview with State House Correspondents, after meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The Executive Director said the UN will continue giving support to Internally Displaced Persons in the North-East zone of Nigeria.

“One of the things we talked about during the meeting with the Vice President is how Nigeria can achieve the new sustainable goals and we at the United Nations will like to assist Nigeria as they plan, such that these goals will make a difference in the lives of Nigerians and fifteen years from now, nobody will be left behind in the country. One other issue we talked about was the North-East zone of Nigeria, where we at the UN and UNFPA had been helping and we assured the Vice President that we will continue to help so as to bring succor to the people of the zone,” he pledged.

Virtuous Data
Professor Osotimehin also said the UNFPA advised Nigeria during the meeting with the Vice President, to develop a useful population data.

“On economic and social development in Nigeria, we talked about opportunities that we have to create, to enable the young people participate in the development of Nigeria. We also talked about the issue of data because Nigeria is proposing to have a census and we said it has to go beyond the census, what the country needs is total data which will include civil registration and virtuous statistics,” he explained.

Professor Osotimehin said having such a data will aid the country a lot in planning for her national development.

He also said parents, especially women, should be encouraged to imbibe the habit of child spacing, in order to be able to fend well for the children they give birth to.

“Many Nigerian women will love to have family planning because they want to have the number of children they can afford to look after. We at UNFPA are committed to helping Nigeria in that regard because the country has to invest in the lives of women,” Professor Osotimehin added.

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