Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the Ekiti State Governor, has disclosed that through diligent prosecution of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) policy, poverty in Nigeria can be eradicated by 2030.
TOS TV gathered that Dr. Fayemi made this known through his Chief of Staff, Biodun Omoleye, who spoke in Ado-Ekiti, on Saturday, August 17, during an event commemorating the 2019 International Youth Day.
The Governor, disclosed that the State would continue to support the SDGs vision of ensuring that poverty is banished across the developing nations, especially Nigeria, in 2030.
Fayemi advised the youths to develop themselves intellectually and skillfully, to be able to compete with their global contemporaries, since the world is now a “global village”.
His words: “The essence of the SDGs is to eradicate poverty globally and make the world a better place to live for everyone, by 2030.
“Throughout the world, there is a new order that recognises the skills of young people, a new order that believes society must be devoid of poverty and diseases, a new order that believes people must live well; a world free of pollution, and how do we get there?
“Any order that fails to empower the youths with leadership is bound to fail. The present government is ready to empower you, because you are our future.
“So, let your impacts be felt in your respective communities, because development starts from the grassroots.
“The SDGs’ goal is to eradicate poverty before 2030, this can be attained with partnerhips among relevant Stakehokders”, he stated.
Meanwhile, the Governor’s wife, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, charged the youths to be focused, visionary, and engaged in productive activities for them to succeed in life.
“You do not need to rely on money to become fulfilled, with strong vision and focusness, you can become great. Lay your hands on productive ventures and run away from evils.”
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on SDGs, Dr. Abimbola Solanke, described the SDGs’ interaction with youths, as the first of its kind in the State since 2015, when the Goals was adopted by World Leaders.
“It is worthy of note that Ekiti is fortunate to be part of the 21 States that will be celebrating the 2019 edition of the International Youth Day, facilitated by the Nigerian Youths Network in SDGs. Our mission is to use Ekiti youths as local SDGs advocates for meaningful impact.
“We need to let you know that since 2015, when SDGs was adopted by World Leaders, Ekiti State has not keyed into organising and converging youths for SDGs development oriented programmes, and also establishing impact driven structures and networks that will enable Ekiti Youths take ownership of the Goals”, She said.
Solanke added that government has a primary responsibility of implementing the SDGs policy, but insisted that the policy was not the sole responsibility of government .
She concluded by urging the youths to take ownership of the SDGs development policy, to be able to have the strong community impact it was targeted to achieve.