From Muhammad Ibrahim, Kaduna
Chairman House Committee on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Alhassan Ado Doguwa (APC, Tudun Wada/Doguwa) yesterday disclosed that the MDGs goal project will not end in the year 2015.
According to him, the decision was taken after consultation with stakeholders globally.
Speaking at Pre-2014 MDGs meeting with stakeholders organized by the National Teachers Institute (NTI) in Kaduna, the lawmaker said the new successor project to replace MDGs is Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
He explained that Nigeria has succeeded tremendously in achieving MDGs project nationwide, particularly in terms of job provisions, poverty reduction among others.
“In the past the moment you mention MDGs project the first thing that came to people’s mind is 2015 which was the year the project is suppose to end. But as a stakeholder I am telling you here that in the cause of global consultations and with other stakeholders the project will not end in 2015.
“It will surely continue beyond the 2015 target initially set for the project. This is because there would be another successor with similar goals to replace the name MDGs. The name of the successor will be Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It’s also MDGs because it will address those goals that were not achieved by MDGs,” he said.
The House committee chairman further explained that when the SDGs programme comes to be, it will discuss extensively issues that have to do with Ebola virus and other issues that were not captured by MDGs in the world,” he said.
He said so far MDGs in Nigerian has succeeded in reducing poverty, HIV, gender inequality, stressing that the project have created jobs to Nigerians under MDGs.
Doguwa commended NTI for a job well done, describing NTI relationship with House of Representatives committee in MDGs as excellent.
He assured Nigerians that the SDGs would be people oriented and will be localized when it comes to be.
Earlier in his remarks, NTI Director General, Dr Ladan Aminu Sharehu said the institute targets a total of 4,070 teachers for 2014 retraining workshops.
He urges stakeholders to endeavor to select the best of their teachers to participate in this year’s workshops.