SDGs: Okowa charges authorities on targets attainment, says all hope is not lost for Nigeria

SDGs: Okowa charges authorities on targets attainment, says all hope is not lost for Nigeria

- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state says all hope is not lost for Nigeria

- The governor stated this when the presidential management team of SDGs led by its coordinator, Dr Albashir Ibrahim, visited him

- Okowa challenged authorities charged with the discharge of the programme to show more commitment

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state, has decried the inability of Nigeria to meet targets of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), saying there had been inconsistencies in governments’ commitment to the programme.

The governor, however, said there is hope for Nigeria, stating that: “As a nation, I believe that all hope is not lost even if we are still behind.”

The governor made the comment when the presidential management team of SDGs led by its coordinator, Dr Albashir Ibrahim, visited him in Asaba, on Wednesday, January 29.

Okowa challenged authorities charged with the discharge of the programme to show more commitment, noting that the targets were achievable with dedication and consistency.

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His words: “There is still a lot to be done in this nation and we need to find ways of eradicating hunger; getting ways to educate our people because they are interwoven in one way or the other; we need to look at problems critically and that is going to involve getting people to be interested in development and the government has to support them.’’

Meanwhile, Governor Okowa has called for more collaboration, especially with the private sector in providing a cleaner and aesthetic environment in Delta state.

The governor made the call in Asaba on Friday, January 31 while on a working visit to some beautification projects executed by Asaba Capital Territory Development Agency.

Okowa explained that partnerships with the government would help to create better amenities for citizens.

The governor charged the capital development agency to sustain its pursuit of a clean and beautiful environment in the capital city.

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“I can see that in the last few months there have been a lot of changes in the sanitary character of Asaba and I think that it is very instructive, not just in the capital territory.

“I hope that they will continue to work judiciously to keep our capital territory and its environs cleaner and better,’’ an impressed Governor Okowa said.

In a related development, the Delta government on Tuesday, January 21 approved 11 new roads in the state for construction.

The state's commissioner for works, Chief James Auguye, while briefing journalists, disclosed that the approved roads needed urgent attention.

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