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SDG trains 50 youths on automobile repairs in Yobe

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The Yobe office of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), says it has sponsored 50 youths for training as auto mechanics at the Kaduna Peugeot Automobile Company under its skills development programme.

Mr Musa Damagum, the state SDG coordinator made this known on Sunday in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Damaturu.

“We have sent 50 youths for training as auto mechanics at the kaduna Peugeot Automobile Company Nigeria.
“Our objective is actually to upgrade their skills in terms of latest skills and knowledge in automobile maintenance.

“Because we noticed that most of the mechanics we have are lagging behind because of the new generation cars that are ICT driven.

“And most of the mechanics have probably learned from the cars that were produced in the 60s, 70s and 80s.

“So there is a need for them to come up to the speed, which will increase their productivity and marketability,” he said.

He noted that, the gesture would compliment the government’s efforts by reducing unemployment among youths in the state.

He said that the SDG also plans to establish ‘Moduler Workshops’ in various locations across the state, which would comprise all automobile specialists in one place.

“And most of the mechanics have probably learned from the cars that were produced in the 60s, 70s and 80s.

“So there is a need for them to come up to the speed, which will increase their productivity and marketability,” he said.

He noted that, the gesture would compliment the government’s efforts by reducing unemployment among youths in the state.

He said that the SDG also plans to establish ‘Moduler Workshops’ in various locations across the state, which would comprise all automobile specialists in one place.

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Kaduna varsity issues grant on COVID-19 implication on SDGs

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Kaduna State University has announced a mini research grant for a multidisciplinary research on Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its implication on implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the state.

The Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Muhammad Tanko made the announcement through a call for proposal, tagged, “Vice-Chancellor Mini Research Fund”, obtained by the News Agency of Nigerian in Kaduna on Saturday.

Tanko explained that the research fund, in collaboration with ICT University, Louisiana, USA, would provide N150,000 grant to 20 scholars to undertake the research.

He said that the theme of the research is tagged: “The fight against COVID-19 and Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Insight from Kaduna State, Nigeria.”

According to him, the grant will fund studies that generate fresh insights and improve on extant knowledge on COVID-19 and its impact on implementation of SDGs in the state.

“The focus is to investigate the science behind COVID-19, uncover its societal dynamics and its impact on social, educational, economic and environmental development in the state.

“The ultimate objective is to generate knowledge for improving the health and well-being of the people through implementation of the SDGs in the face of COVID-19.

“It is also to generate evidences through 20 multidisciplinary researches that will improve the design of services for implementation of SDGs,” he said.

He added that the move would strengthen the capacity of scholars in KASU to conduct multidisciplinary research for evidence-based policy and policy implementation aimed at improving the implementation of SDGs.

He added that the fund would also sponsor a transnational conference for theory generation and/or theory testing using Kaduna state as a case study.

He equally said that the findings from the studies would be published in academic journals of high impact in association with reputable publishers.

The vice-chancellor said that the 2020 grant was open to academic staff in KASU and scholars that are affiliated to the university to improve their research productivity.

“There is a complex, and knotty connections between COVID-19 and development, particularly, with respect to the implementation of the SDGs.

“Unfortunately, there is paucity of research on how COVID-19 can influence the implementation of SDGs vis-a-vis how groups and sub-groups in Kaduna state are working to adapt to effects of the pandemic.

“It is imperative, therefore, to generate knowledge through empirical analyses to provide answers to some nagging questions about COVID-19 and its impact on the implementation of SDGs in the state.

“Given the global impact of the pandemic, there is urgent need to uncover its effects in relation to development incentives, challenges and opportunities as it affects groups and subgroups in Kaduna state.

“Particularly its impacts on income, food security and livelihood in the state as well as information and communication programmes to the residents to enable personal and group decisions.

“Evidences generated from the research will provide a better understanding of the implications of COVID-19 for designing context, specific rapid response policies and programmes.

“It will also build capacity of policy makers, professionals, and entrepreneurs in Kaduna state to respond swiftly, efficiently, and effectively to challenges posed by COVID-19,” Tanko said.

The vice-chancellor explained that the KASUVC Mini Research Fund was an annual research fund established in 2020 to encourage interdisciplinary, cross disciplinary and multidisciplinary research.

He said that the main objective of the fund was to ensure that KASU create and disseminate knowledge on topical issues by way of developing fresh theoretical premises and/or confirming or disconfirming extant theories.

“The findings from the research will generate knowledge and fresh insights and ideas on nagging societal challenges in the Kaduna state with the aim of promoting well-being and developmental objectives in accordance with the SDGs,” he added.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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UK Council, Malaysian academy partner to provide funding for SDGs

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The Islamic Finance Council UK (UKIFC), in partnership with Malaysia-based International Shari’ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA) expressed readiness to provide funding for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Richard de Belder, a UKIFC Advisory Board Member, made this in a statement while announcing the launch of a first report in a thought leadership series that aims to assist and encourage active engagement in support of the UN SDGs by the global Islamic finance sector.

UKIFC is a specialist, not-for-profit, advisory and developmental body focused on promoting and enhancing the global Islamic and ethical finance industry.

“This report follows the launch of a global Islamic Finance and SDG Taskforce that is supported by the UK government and involves senior level participants from across the globe.

“With Covid-19 exposing the fragility of people and the planet, the SDGs is a recognised global framework upon which we can, collectively, build our social, environmental and economic resilience,” the board member said.

He said that with the UKIFC’s underlying Shari’ah principles, Islamic finance was naturally aligned to support and lead the financial services sector’s efforts toward achieving the global goals.

“It firmly believes that the Shari’ah principles which underpin Islamic finance make the sector well positioned to lead in promoting the SDGs to achieve global economic and social justice.

“It also drives home the point that we are all vice regents with temporary custody of the world’s finite resources and so need to act in a way that recognises this,” Belder said.

He said the SDGs seek to address the global economic, social, governance and environmental challenges by 2030 and had been adopted by 193 countries.

“They recognise that ending poverty and other deprivations complement strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth while tackling climate change and working to preserve our natural environment.

“With a 2.5 trillion US dollars per year financing gap, we have committed to a 24-month action-oriented programme of activities to address barriers blocking Islamic Financial Institutions from embracing the SDGs’’, he said.

Belder said there has been limited participation from the Islamic finance sector in leading UN initiatives.

“Some of these initiatives include; Principles for Responsible Investment, Principles for Responsible Banking and Principles for Sustainable Insurance that support financial institutions to align with the SDGs,” the advisory board member said.

He said it also provided an opportunity for Islamic finance to tap into emerging agnostic global liquidity pools seeking SDG-aligned products and increase tactical alignment with development bank funders.

“Alignment with the SDGs support of the tayyib concept; which contends that the focus of Islamic finance products and services should be on the evaluation of wider societal impact rather than an overly legalistic analysis of Shari’ah compliance”, he said.

He added that with assets expected to reach 3.8 trillion dollars in 2022 through its adeptness at innovative financial structuring, Islamic finance was well placed to create instruments that drive capital towards the SDGs.

 

“With a deep rooted commitment to social benefit, Islamic finance should be at the front and centre of this new sustainable economic paradigm.

“The SDGs are emerging as the shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.

“Therefore, it is time for the global Islamic finance sector to step up and demonstrate its credentials for driving finance for positive change,’’ he added.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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COVID-19: Ekiti SDGs Office holds first virtual meeting

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As part of efforts at ensuring that projects are completed in record time, Ekiti Office of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) held its first virtual online meeting on Wednesday to access the level ongoing projects in the state.

In a statement made aviialable to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti shortly after the meeting, it stated that the online meeting was to ensure the due date for completion of the projects were not hindered because of the lockdown

The Special Adviser to Gov. Kayode Fayemi on Development Partnerships, Mrs Margaret Fagboyo, who presided over the online meeting, said it would help to pace the completion of the various projects.

Fagboyo said the virtual meeting was to also ensure SDGs projects could be accomplished within the stipulated  period of time without breaking the social distancing order.

She expressed satisfaction at the pace of work done so far on the various SDGs projects in the State.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Fagboyo enumerated some of the projects to include construction and renovation of health centres and primary schools as well as procurement of ambulances and medical equipment, among others.

She said that the government was very keen to see that the projects were executed to specification and delivered in good time.

The Director of Administration and Supply, Dr Yemi Adeyemo, who gave an update on behalf of the SDGs projects monitoring team across the state, said most of the projects were at the verge of completion.

Adeyemo, however, said necessary rectifications and restructuring were being effected to ensure that all the projects were delivered in accordance to the specification and also in due time.

He, therefore, advised the SDGs Team to work effectively from home as much as possible in order to accomplish and deliver all the SDGs projects across the state as and when due.

In his own remark, the Director of Programs, Mr Ogunlade, described the teleconference as a welcome development, noting that it would spur everybody to be proactive despite the lockdown.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Immunisation week: Access to vaccination vital for SDGs – WHO

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) Office in Abuja, Nigeria, says expanding access to immunisation is vital for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and universal health coverage.

The UN health agency said this in its official twitter account @WHONigeria to commemorate the World Immunisation week.

World Immunisation Week aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease and it is celebrated in the last week of April.

The body restated that immunisation saves millions of lives every year and is widely recognised as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions.

The theme of 2020 campaign is: ‘Protected Together: Vaccines Work’.

“Expanding access to immunisation is vital for achieving the SDGs, poverty reduction and universal health coverage.

“WHO joins the world to commemorate the World Immunisation Week 2020.

“Remember vaccines work as we appreciate midwives, nurses as well as other immunisation workers,’’ the agency said.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

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Bauchi SDGs to provide separate toilets for girls in schools

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The Bauchi State Office of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) says plans are under way to construct separate toilets for girls in schools.

The State’s Director-General of the SDGs, Hajiya Maryam Bagel made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Bauchi.

Bagel said that the project would be executed under by the SDGs’ strategic interventions to encourage enrollment and keep the girl-child in schools.

“We are going to provide separate toilets for boys and girls in each of the schools in the state as another way of keeping girls in schools.

“You know that some of these things are negligible but can keep a girl out of school if she has to go home or find neighbouring houses to ease herself before coming back to school.

“So, we are going to provide separate toilets for boys and girls so that when boys are on one side, the girls are on the other side,” she said.

Bagel said that they were equally trying to get more role models in government circle and are soliciting government’s support to give women more opportunities.

“What we are saying is that government should appoint more women into positions in the civil service, women who will serve as role models for the young ones and the parents to copy.

“But if we don’t have more role models that these girls would look up to, it will be demoralising for them to embrace education as well,” she said.

The D-G said, “we have a lot of plans for girl- child education; we are going to do that to encourage them.’’

Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)

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Nigerian startup, mDoc selected for Google’s Startups Accelerator on SDGs

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Google on Wednesday, announced that Nigerian startup `mDoc’ was one of 11 startups selected to participate in the fully digital inaugural Google for startups Accelerator on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Yossi Matias, Google’s Vice President, Engineering, said in a statement, that the 11 were selected based on their vision to address challenges outlined in the UN’s SDGs.

Matias said the SDGs included poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, peace and justice.

He said that Nigerian startup `mDoc’ used a digital platform and in-person hubs to support people living with chronic diseases and would join the programme on April 21.

The Nigerian startup would join the programme alongside startups from France, Germany (2) Israel, the Netherlands, Kenya (2) Pakistan and the UK (2).

According to him, the chosen startups will address a wide range of social and environmental challenges and are working to create a healthier and a more sustainable future for all.

“In order to keep the programme safe and accessible in the light of COVID-19, the first two on-site events will now be digital.

”Virtual training will cover topics such as creating Objectives and Key Results (OKRs), UX Research & Behavioural Economics, ML Data Pipelines and Data Visualisation and Strategies for Social Impact Fundraising.

”The five-month programme kicks off on April 21 and a second cohort will be selected later in the year,” Matias said.

According to him, around the world, there are more startups addressing the world’s most pressing social challenges.

The vice president said that technology could help address some of the world’s biggest challenges, from empowering others to use AI to address social challenges, to setting ambitious and long-term environmental sustainability goals.

Matias said when businesses and investors worked together with the government, non-profits, communities and individuals, we could make real progress.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Google announced its Startups Accelerator on SDGs in November 2019.

The goal of the programme was to help founders build technology to solve serious issues facing the world.

The winners were selected from almost 1,200 applications received from 73 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and with the assistance of an external jury to carefully evaluate each idea.

Each startup would work closely with engineers from over 20 Google teams as well as other subject matter experts, to address product, engineering, business development and funding challenges

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Adeleye Ajayi
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Coronavirus – Africa: Stronger partnerships crucial for successful implementation of SDGs in light of COVID-19

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The Bureau of the Sixth Session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) has met and adopted an action plan establishing key priorities for implementing key messages from the forum that was held in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, in February.

Chaired by chaired Zimbabwe’s Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister, Mr. Paul Mavima, this was the Bureau’s first meeting since the adoption of the Victoria Falls Declaration on the Decade of Action for Sustainable Development in Africa. 

The Decade of Action calls for accelerating sustainable solutions to all the world’s biggest challenges, ranging from poverty and gender to climate change, inequality and closing the finance gap.

With the coronavirus pandemic raging on the continent, members of the bureau recognized the unprecedented and serious challenges being caused by COVID-19 and noted with grave concern the growing loss of human lives and huge negative economic and social impacts of the crisis on the continent.

Africa, the agreed, was likely to be disproportionately affected by the pandemic given the region’s underlying vulnerabilities. 

The Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) recent analysis on the impact of the pandemic estimates that economic growth on the continent is expected to drop from 3.2 percent to 1.8 percent. As of March 2020, a decline of 1.4 percentage points is expected from the effects of COVID-19. Africa’s Finance Ministers have called for an initial support package of US$ 100 billion in 2020 to cushion their nations from impacts of the pandemic.

The bureau agreed that COVID-19 reinforced the need for stronger global and regional partnerships if the sustainable development goals are to be fully achieved and to build resilience to social, economic and environmental shocks and calamities. 

Member States and other actors were urged to take urgent and collective measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, provide the necessary support to affected communities and address the social and economic implications of the pandemic.

Bureau members, Zimbabwe (Chair), the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Liberia and Morocco, pledged their full commitment to expand outreach, and to take and promote concrete actions in following-up and implementing the outcomes of the sixth ARFSD. 

The action plan, which will be implemented with the support of ECA, regional organizations and the rest of the UN Development system, recognizes the challenges and need for quality and timely data and statistics for evidence-based planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting on the 2030 Agenda and the African Union’s Agenda 2063.  

The Bureau is expected to finalize by August, the strategic framework of the Solidarity Fund for Statistical Development in Africa, as agreed in the Marrakech Declaration of the Fifth session of the regional forum; and develop a regional strategy to operationalize the Victoria Falls Declaration on the Decade of Action and delivery for sustainable development and key messages of the sixth regional forum by November 2020.

Outcomes of the Victoria Falls forum will be conveyed to the 2020 meeting of the High-level political forum on sustainable development to be convened under the auspices of the United Nations Economic and Social Council in July.

The Bureau committed to contribute to strengthening the capacity of member States and catalyse concrete multi-level actions to follow-up and implement outcomes of the regional forum by carrying out advocacy campaigns at key conferences and other events at global, regional, sub-regional and national levels.

Members also agreed that they will take forward and expand initiatives to strengthen the capacity of subnational authorities in selected countries to conduct Voluntary Local Review to better domesticate and bolster local action to accelerate implementation of the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063.

They requested the ECA, which supported the virtual meeting as the Secretariat, and its partners to develop a monitoring and evaluation tool that will enable tracking and comparability of progress of implementation across countries in the region.

The ARFSD is an intergovernmental forum convened by the ECA in collaboration with the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank and agencies of the UN system. 

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SDG empowers 400 farmers in Orhionmwon community in Edo

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SDG empowers 400 farmers in Orhionmwon community in Edo: The Conditional Cash Transfer Programme under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Monday empowered over 400 farmers with N90,000 each in Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo.

This is contained in a statement signed by the media aide to Orhionmwon council chairman, Roy Osariemen, and made available to newsmen in Benin

The statement said Gov. Godwin Obaseki was represented at the event by the member representing Orhionmwon and leader of the Edo House of Assembly, Roland Asoro.

Obaseki said the farmers were selected from five wards in the local government, adding that the grant would boast agriculture in the communities.

He gave the names of the wards to include Abiokunla-1, Iyoba, Ugboko, Urhonigbe-South and Igbanke East.

The governor urged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the funds and promised the people of more government presence.

“The conditional cash transfer Programme is therefore critical to our overall poverty eradication plan.

“For this first phase we targeted the poor and vulnerable households in five selected local government areas in the state,’’ he said.

The governor appreciated the Federal Government for its contribution towards the laudable programmes aimed at eradicating poverty in the state.

The Chairman of Orhionmwon Local Government Council, Sylvester Okoro, congratulated the beneficiaries and enjoined them to take the scheme seriously.

“I encourage you to be dedicated and committed to your chosen enterprise so as to justify the purpose for which the funds are meant,’’ he said.

Edited By: Cecilia Odey/Donald Ugwu
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Bauchi SDG executes N500 m projects in 1-year

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Bauchi SDG executes N500 m projects in 1-year: Bauchi State office of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), says it has executed N500 million projects during the 2019 intervention scheme.

 Mrs Maryam Bagel, the State Director-General of the SDG, made the disclosure in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency , on Monday in Bauchi.

Bagel disclosed that the state office had constructed five comprehensive Primary Health Centers (PHC) at selected communities in Misau, Giade, Alkaleri, Ganjuwa and Dambam Local Government Areas of the state.

She said the health centres were provided with solar powered motorised boreholes; perimeter fence, staff quarters and VIP toilets to ensure comfort of the communities.

The DG said the SDG recently trained 1, 000 youths on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in 10 secondary schools, adding that 100 students were carefully selected from each of the participating schools.

Bagel noted that her office had developed a four-year strategic plan on project implementation which was forwarded to its national office for approval.

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All the 17 targeted SDG goals are implemented based on the release of  50 per cent counter funding  between Federal and State Government. We will religiously implement the our projects,’’ she said. 

Bagel added that the project implementation were being monitored and supervised by 29 desk officers deployed to local councils, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

According to her, the programme is working in collaboration with willing international donor agencies to diversify investment opportunities as well as identify social protection issues to attract investors to the state.

She further identified some challenges facing the programme to include  consistent and regular demand for intervention from local communities.

Bagel urged benefiting communities to protect facilities provided in their domains to achieve sustainable development.

Nigeria News Agency reports that SDG also focuses on interventions to improve girl-child education in its programmes.

 
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Rabiu Sani Ali
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