The 2019 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) index ranked Nigeria 159th among 162 countries. This means that the country has not made adequate plans towards a better and sustainable future for its citizens. In 2019, an estimated 91.8 million of the Nigerian population lived in extreme poverty, with the prospect of an increased 95.7 million in 2022.
Connected Development (CODE), a non-governmental organisation in Abuja, on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, in an event marking its 10th anniversary, said it is committed to #flipthescript, joining the UN to call for action towards achieving SDG.
The event brought together a coalition of members of civil society, media and development partners to highlight the consistent demand of CODE to achieve zero hunger, clean water, sanitation, quality education, and gender equality, as some of the goals to accomplish before 2030.
In 2015, the UN made a universal call to action to hasten sustainable development goals. However, despite Nigeria’s pledge of commitment to fulfilling the goals, it has failed to do so.
Stakeholders have, in the past, expressed their doubts over the ability of Nigeria to meet the SDGs by the year 2030, considering their failure to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), which had a 15-year stipulation.
Thousands of Nigerians living in extreme poverty, out-of-school children, and malnourished children in Nigeria’s Northwest prove that the Nigerian government has far from fulfilled the SDGs.
The #flipthescript advocacy action seeks to spur Nigeria and countries worldwide to reexamine its approach towards the SDGs to ensure a better life for all.
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