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Nigeria Is Doing More Than Expected As Regards SDGs Implementation – SSA To FG

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Nigeria Is Doing More Than Expected As Regards SDGs Implementation – SSA To FG

Nigeria is currently ahead of its target in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, has said.

Orelope-Adefulire told the Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York that Nigeria was making a lot of progress in the implementation of the global goals.

NIGERIA NEWS reports that the Nigerian Government office organised an event at the UN General Assembly on: ‘Pathway to Localising a Global Agenda’ on the margins of the ongoing UN General Assembly.

The SDGs are a successor programme to Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with a collection of 17 global goals and 169 targets set by the UN General Assembly to transform the world.

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It is also referred to as ‘the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, SDGs implementation is a 15-year plan, which commenced on Jan. 1, 2016 and would end on Dec. 31, 2030.

The SDGs cover social and economic development issues namely: poverty, hunger, health, education, global warming, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, urbanisation, environment and social justice.

The presidential aide said: “We are making a lot of progress and we are not doing badly in the implementation of the SDGs.

“Within three years, we have bench marked ourselves as a government and know where we are.

“We are ahead of where we should be for now and we are in the process of coordination and mobilisation and advocacy and sensitisation of the Nigerian people to see SDGs as their own, to love SDGs, to dream SDGs and to promote SDGs”.

Orelope-Adefulire explained that Nigeria was not swallowing all the goals and targets hook, line and sinker but was prioritising the goals as they concerned Nigeria.

According to her, addressing some of the goals, like Goal 16, would also lead to addressing the others in some ways.

“We talk about 17 goals but there are other crucial goals among the 17 goals that would make other goals realisable – we talked about Goal 16, which is ‘Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions’.

“The strong institution that was embedded in Goal 16 is the major driver for the attainment of SDGs because if you have good laws and policies that align with SDGs, then your job is simple.

“Because if you don’t have a strong institution and you don’t align SDGs into policies and programmes both at private or government sector, then you are not going anywhere.

“If you align the policy and the frameworks to SDGs, then there would be peace because you know that if you look for trouble or create violence or promote violence, you are going to pay for it.

“There need for strong institution. Strong institution talks about formation of law, that the vulnerable and the poor of the poor would have justice and anybody that want to trample on their rights would be put to justice.”

The presidential aide explained that the Nigeria Government had set up the SDGs platform with action plan and the framework developed.

Orelope-Adefulire said government had also worked on the partners like the launch of the private sector advisory group saying it would two years in February 2019.

“We have the donor partnership forum also that has been commissioned and the civil society strategy group; we have the youth, women organisations, and the academia.

“These platforms are to work with the government maximally to be able to achieve sustainable development.

“Individual group of people, government and other stakeholders have a role to play and that’s the reason why this agenda comes as a robust and all inclusive agenda,” she said.

The former Lagos State Deputy Governor said the MDGs failed because it was government-driven, lacked ownership and commitment, and worked in silos.

Unlike the MDGs, however, she said “this time around, everybody was working together to see how quickly we can make lives more meaningful for everybody”.

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CBN, Governor Emefiele reacts to ‘missing’ of over N600bn

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The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN and the Governor of the Apex bank, Governor Godwin Emefiele has reacted to rumour going around on social media and elite that about 600Bilion is missing since 2016.  The reactions of governor Emefiele was received on Monday morning by NIGERIA NEWS

This news was generated as a result of audio recording going around where the board of the CBN are heard saying 644bn is missing.

Here is the full statement made by the apex bank on the issue and audio recording.

The Management of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been notified of a purported audio recording of selective conversations amongst the Governor, Deputy Governor and some Senior Officials.

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Contrary to the headline-grabbing narrative that the discussion was about a fraudulent transaction, this conversation – the beginnings of which was omitted to create a different impression – was simply to proffer solutions to a misunderstanding that affected the Bank’s balance sheet.

As publicly known, the CBN was approached in 2015 by the National Economic Management Team and the National Economic Council (NEC), chaired by the Vice President, to assist State Governments with Conditional Budget Support, in the aftermath of the significant nose-dive in global oil prices and associated FAAC allocations.

In order to ensure that ordinary Nigerian workers got their salaries, pensions and gratuities, and that the economy continued to recover from recession, the Bank provided about N650 billion in loans at 9% with a two-year grace period to 35 States of the Federation. These monies were distributed to the States monthly with documented approval of the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Presidency.

In closing the Bank’s 2018 accounts, external auditors in their Draft Account, erroneously classified about N150 billion of these loans as bad, which negatively affected the Bank’s Balance Sheet and shareholders fund.

The selective conversation being circulated was simply a discussion to ascertain why the auditors took that position and next steps to resolving it. Obviously, it soon became clear that a State Government loan cannot be classified as “bad” or “irrecoverable” when the State still exists and getting FAAC allocations.

The Bank then reached out to the Federal Ministry of Finance and they jointly gave comfort to the auditors who accepted in writing that these monies would be repaid. On this basis, the auditors reversed the negative entry and the certified that the CBN’s 2018 accounts were a true reflection of the State of Affairs.

Reconciliation of Balance Sheet items are regular conversations amongst Senior Management of many agencies and should not be misconstrued as anything but that. Had the online media which released the selective recordings sought the comments of CBN as required of journalism practice, we would have provided it.

Clearly, those who listened to the audio can easily ascertain that the conversation had nothing to do with anything fraudulent as purported. The Bank therefore urges all well-meaning Nigerians to disregard this audio and continue to trust that the Bank is doing everything it can to represent their interests in the best possible way.

Under the leadership of Governor Emefiele, the CBN has always stood for, and vigorously pursued transparency in its stewardship of public resources and policies. NO MONIES ARE MISSING OR STOLEN. The integrity of the CBN Governor remains unassailable.

He has no account in Dubai or anywhere in the world and would never convert the funds of CBN for personal use. Not in the past, not now and not ever. The use of selective wiretapped conversations of the Bank’s Management, to malign his character and integrity will never stand.

The Bank will pursue every legal means to bring the perpetrators to justice.

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Buhari appoints Godwin Emefiele as CBN governor for second term

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Godwin Emefiele reappointed as CBN governor by muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria president

The news reaching NIGERIA NEWS is that the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele has been reappointed by the Nigerians president, Muhammadu Buhari for the second term.

Recall that the tenure of the governor of the CBN is meant to expire next month, June buh his reappointment will see him spend another four years in the CBN.

NIGERIA NEWS understands that provided that Emefiele spends another full term he will become the first Nigerian to spend 8 good years in the apex bank of Nigeria since the returning of Democrazy in 1999.

BREAKING: The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has just read a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari, reappointing the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, for a second term.

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