UN sets agenda for Buhari
The United Nations (UN) on Tuesday set a development
agenda for President Muhammadu Buhari, with the
management and development of human resources as a
The Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on
MDGs, Hajiya Amina Al-Zubair, gave the advice during an
interactive session with newsmen in Abuja.
Al-Zubair explained that the development of human
resources, most especially women and girls, was key to
driving national development goals.
She also recommended the strengthening of “inclusive
governance’’ and better a clarity of the funding and
expenditure of the three tiers as adopted by the president
to provide good governance.
Besides, Al-Zubair advised Buhari to provide basic
functional social amenities and infrastructure to enhance
the lives of citizens.
The aide also urged the president to curb corruption by
blocking all the “leaking pipes’’ and improve security.
According to her, Nigeria has crisis in the education
sector in spite of the huge investments made by the
government and development partners over years.
While attributing the challenge to lack of genuine
commitment, facilities and infrastructure, she called for a
new approach to achieve desirable results.
The UN, Al-Zubair said, would adopt the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) on Sept. 21, as a new
approach to tackling global development issues.
She listed 17 goals that would drive the SDGs, including
poverty eradication, climate change issues and their
impact, human resource development, provision of
quality infrastructure and social amenities.
Others are provision of sustainable management of water
and sanitation for all, inclusive education, achieve gender
equality and empower all and women girls as well as
ensuring healthy lives for all at all ages.
Similarly, Al-Zubair disclosed that the SDGs would also
seek to promote save and habitable environments,
provision of “affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern
energy for all’’.
The SDGs, she added, would also seek to end hunger,
achieve food security and improved nutrition through
agriculture and reduce inequality within and among
The aide said other goals would promote peaceful and
inclusive societies, access to justice, combat
desertification and halt biodiversity.
“Furthermore, the SDGs will strengthen the means of
implementation and revitalise the lobal partnership for
sustainable development,’’ said Al-Zubair.