Sunday, September 26, 2021

Global Week To #Act4SDGs#: Delta SDGs' Stakeholders Lament, Enjoined FGN To Fight Insecurity, Hunger, Poverty And Address Poor Implementation Of SDGs.

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

As part of efforts to celebrate the "Global Week To #Act4SDGs, #TurnItAround For People + Planet (17th-28th September, 2021), localize the SDGs and raise SDGs' advocates among students of higher institution towards qualitative, and and improved Education and Security in Nigeria, Working Fingers Int'l Initiative (WoFII) in Collaboration with the SDG group: Association Against Child Sexual And Gender-Based Violence (AACSGBV) led by its Chairperson, Ambassador Dr. Eris Jewo Ibi, CSOs Coalition on SDGs, other development partners has inaugurated 17 undergraduates SDGs' Ambassadors at Dennis Osadebe University, Anwai to deepen SDGs knowledge and domestication in higher Education Sector.
Delta Uhuru media learnt this from the Chairperson, Working Fingers International Initiative (WoFII) / AACSGBV, Ambassador Dr. Eris Jewo Ibi yesterday being 25th September, 2021 stated that the group's will continue on its mission and vision towards the domestication of the SDGs to influence communities to take action to accelerate the attainment of SDGs in Nigeria.
Working Fingers Int'l Initiative is a not-for-profit Women led, grassroot, Nigerian Organization whose mission is to protect and promote the rights of women and girls, children, other vulnerable persons. Also provide psychological, emotional care and support, build capacity, rehabilitate victims/survivors of all forms-Sexual Gender-Based Violence through the cooperation of relevant stakeholders, agencies to vigorously campaign, advocate against menace, and 17 UN-SDGs domestication in institutions and communities in Nigeria through partnership with CSOs Coalition on SDGs, other development partners since 2015.
Speaking during the Sensitization and enlightenment, SDGs' campaign at Dennis Osadebe University, Anwai, Ambassador Dr Eris Jewo Ibi stated that the Students, undergraduates' Community is vital as a focal point of reducing the problems posed by insecurity and poverty as great barriers to the implementation of SDGs in Nigeria. Ambassador Dr Eris Jewo Ibi harped on the importance of stepping down the advocacy from virtual event to live event, physical advocacy concern to ensure the participation of larger society, especially the students.
While Sensitizing her partners, a group in the higher institution, Nigeria Union of Urhobo Students, NUUS , Amb Eris Jewo- Ibi noted that strategies such as campaigns, policy advocacy, sensitization and enlightenment, support service, education and information, communication materials, production and distribution of materials, partnership and collaboration with other partners towards the localization and domestication of SDGs in Nigeria is the focus.

At the event she clearly, carefully define SDGs and explained one after the order, the 17 UN-SDGs to the undergraduate Students in the institution which included amongst others: 1. No poverty 2. Zero hunger 3. Good Health And Well-being 4. Quality Education 5. Gender Equality 6. Clean Water and Sanitation 7. Affordable and Clean Energy 8. Decent Work and Economic growth 9. Industry, Innovation and infrastructure 10. Reduced Inequalities 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities 12. Responsible production and consumption 13. Climate Action 14. Life Below Water 15. Life on Land 16. Peace, Justice, And Strong Institutions 17. Partnership for the goals as she added that the groups will continue to mobilize actions for the SDGs for quality education and attainment of Agenda 2030.

To localize the SDGs in the higher institution, she inaugurated 17 SDGs Ambassadors amongst the undergraduate students. After training the students at Dennis Osadebe University, Anwai, Ambassador Dr. Eris Jewo Ibi and team designated each of the SDGs to each of the SDGs Ambassadors in the institution for advocacy concern.

She charged them on continuous advocacy and sensitization at the campus, institution for best knowledge, that her groups and partners will support the 17 SDGs Ambassadors to work towards the achievement, fulfilment of twelve (12) critical areas that the Association Against Child Sexual and Gender Based Violence, the coalition groups' committee is currently working on at this Global Week To#Act4SDGs, #TurnItAround For People + Planet which included amongst others: "Health for all, Eliminate poverty and increase income generation, Gender Inclusiveness and adopt technology, Quality Education for all, End all forms of violence and conflicts, Gender and Climate change responsiveness, Influence good governance and better economy, Involve in power and decision-making process at all levels.

She also harped on ensuring improved institutions and organizational mechanisms, Ensure human rights and Justice, Protect the girl-child, Adopt media and technology for a better society and achievement of agenda 2030 in Nigeria.

The SDGs sensitization was a huge success as over hundred twenty undergraduate students participated in the Global Week for #Act4SDGs, #TurnItAround For People + Planet at Dennis Osadebe University, Anwai. Ambassador Dr Eris Jewo Ibi while Commending the University students, Nigeria Union of Urhobo Students, NUUS for turn up enmass for the campaign, enlightenment program.

She pledges more support to the 17 SDGs Ambassadors in the institutions to carry out their advocacy successfully.

The Working Fingers Int'l Initiative in Partnership with AACSGBV, also hosted a virtual Stakeholders Dialogue to mark the Sustainable Developmental Goals @6. Participants at the virtual meeting, who are leaders of thought and developmental partners that had in their various virtual, online submissions, vital role played towards the localization, domestication of SDGs in Nigeria made the Global SDGs Week a success which included amongst others are: Professor Josephine Alumanah, The WoFII/AACSGBV Governing Council Chairperson, Medical Women Association of Nigeria, MWAN National President, and Permanent Secretary, Delta State Ministry of Environment, Dr. Mrs Minnie Oseji, The National President, STAGE of Women Coalition, Dr. Angela Daniels, South West Focal Person, AACSGBV, Ambassador Christiana Aderibigbe, and others speakers during the Stakeholders Dialogue.

All pledged their commitment to contribute to the Localizing and the attainment of the SDGs on their greatest roles towards ending poverty, hunger, gender equality, while calling on the government to combat insecurity and to provide basic amenities for all and to end other negative issues in Nigeria.

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