Minister advocates use of domestic resources to achieve SDGs.

The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed has disclosed that the use of domestic resources is key to overcoming fiscal challenges to finance Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Country.

Ahmed, who stated this in Kaduna at a two-day Acceleration Conference on SDGs organised by Kaduna State Government, noted that the Country was faced with huge financial gaps that must be addressed to make progress.

According to her, the Nigerian Government is making all efforts to strengthen revenue collection in the non-oil sector, adding that many states have keyed-in to raise the needed funds for development.

States must improve tax collection and other means of internally generating revenue for development purposes as the only way to move forward.

They must equally identify and partner with relevant stakeholders and individuals domestically to finance key projects that will change the lives of people.

Effective Implementation

The Minister commended the State government for making efforts to build the needed partnership which she described as a gateway to effective implementation of SDGs in the Country.

Also speaking, Amina Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary General, equally stressed the need for strong partnership towards accelerating the attainment of SDGs, both at national and sub-national levels.

Strong Partnership

She further stated that it is only through strong partnership with local and global communities that countries will make progress towards achieving SDGs designed to carry everyone along in the development agenda.

No one will make progress standing alone. International boundaries make no difference when it comes to terrorism, migration, and climate change. We must all come together to help our communities get better with key focus on women, young girls and the youths who are usually left behind, she explained.

Mrs Mohammed commended Governor Nasiru El-Rufai’s led-government for laying a strong foundation for sustainable development in the State.

Challenges of Governance

Earlier, El-Rufai had identified challenges affecting effective governance in the state, saying it included lack of financial resources; weak institutional capacities and governance deficits.

He also listed paucity of data for effective planning and implementation of programmes; low levels of scientific and technological development; lack of effective stakeholder engagement; and at times, lack of commitment and political will.

But we are doing all that we can to the best of our ability to improve the quality of lives of our people though provision of quality education, healthcare services, water and security among others.

The conference was organised to strengthen partnership for accelerated progress in the implementation of SDGs in the State.

Source: Voice of Nigeria