Friday, July 17, 2020

SDGs: Afrihealth Urges FGN To Pay Attention To Critical Budgeting, Monitoring And Evaluation.

........As Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje says every development is a paradigm of SDGs

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

The Global Coordinator, Afrihealth Optonet Association, Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje has enjoined the Federal Government of Nigeria to pay more attention on critical Budgeting, Monitoring and Evaluation as every development paradigm is covered by the 17 United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Dr. Adirieje, who is also the Chairman of Nigeria's Civil Society Organizations Strategy Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (CSOSG-SDGs-Nigeria) representing Nigeria's over 80,000 organizations disclosed this to the media in a spotlight interactive session on SDGs in a Zoom social media platform.

Adirieje, being a Certified Management Consultant, Strategic Planning/Development Specialist,
WHO Scholar Alumni, African Scientific Institute (ASI) Fellow, Health Systems, Evaluation & Human Capital/Organization Development Consultant noted that families, Communities, States or countries are being sensitized and mobilized to set their respective SDGs targets based on their peculiar circumstances and depending on their development needs.

He said: "For some; Education or Health or Environment or Energy or Food or Water or poorestpoverty
might be their major challenge of which they needed to give more attention for the SDGs in that particular area(s).
Dr. Adirieje who is also the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Universal Health Coverage Actions Network (NUHCAN) and President of the Society for Conservation and Sustainability of Energy and Environment in Nigeria (SOCSEEN)
explained the SDGs as the focal point of all developments that encompasses all human existence for everyone, everywhere and at every point in time within the global Agenda 2030 of the United Nations.

In his words: "I have served Nigeria and the global Community in various capacity as the CEO and UN Rep, Afrihealth Optonet Association (CSOs Network), an NGO with Consultative Status at the United Nations ECOSOC".

" I congratulate
Nigeria for the optimal inputs and achievements so far the country has made in implementing and achieving the SDGs. But within this Decade of Action, we must do more and better than we have already done before we can achieve the SDGs" .

Being the immediate past Chairman of Nigeria's national World Malaria Day Committee (2019), and current National President, Nigerian Association of Evaluators (NAE), Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje's advice towards the implementation of the SDGs is for the Federal Government to strengthen its commitments towards effectiveness and efficiency on the domestication of Agenda 2030 at all levels of the Society.

He said "It is necessary that Nigeria as a country ensure that its Critical budgeting systems, monitoring and evaluation sectors are given maximum attention for sustainability, for the achievement of the set goals".

An expert Evaluator, he opined that CSOs directly serve more than 60% of the population in the direct implementation of development projects, programmes and activities, while also serving as watchdogs and unpaid monitors in the tasks of nation building, monitoring, evaluation, learning and agenda setting.

He then enjoined Activists and Civil Society Organizations to ensure that they include data management as part of their thematic areas of interest by going to all the Local Communities and Local Government Councils to collect data so as to ensure properly informed planning and implementation of the SDGs through data evaluation, gathering, analysis, reporting, and usage.

The world distinguished Civil Society Leader said that his Organization, Afrihealth Optonet Association has States Chapters across Nigeria and is establishing Country chapters in Ghana, Haiti, Kenya, Sierra Leone, while collaborating with several other organizations across the world, for the purpose of developing and strengthening Systems that promote Health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being - not just the absence of diseases and infirmities.
He enjoined State Governments in Nigeria to focus more on initiatives for the mobilization of CSOs to support their implementation of projects, programmes and policies for the achievement of the SDGs, imploring on the government and commercial private sector to always see the CSOs community as partners who must be fully involved in development activities.

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