Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has decried the inability of Nigeria to meet Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), targets, saying there has been inconsistencies in government’s commitment to the programme.
The Governor, who was speaking when the Presidential Management Team of SDGs led by its Coordinator, Dr. Albashir Ibrahim, visited him in Asaba, on Wednesday, challenged authorities charged with driving the programme to show greater commitment, noting that the targets were achievable with dedication and consistency in drive.
He said the authorities needed to work harder if they must walk the talk, because many times set goals were never attained.
Okowa recalled that of all started with Millennium Development Goals and now SDGs, adding that “we will set targets for ourselves and in the end such targets will not be attained.”
He flayed the existing situation in the country where “we put all our hopes on the oil economy and I think that it is a problem, because over the years we have only depended on oil which led to the abandonment of the agricultural sector.
The Governor disclosed that the state government was emphasizing technical education and trying to get the youths back into agriculture, adding that the government was driving the ideas with a lot of passion and creating various partnerships and mentoring programmes to help the youths to be trained to achieve their goals.
Earlier in his speech, Ibrahim rated the government of Delta high in achieving results with the Development Goals, noting that the achievements could be traced to the track records of the Governor in achieving desired results in his dealings.
He hinted that the Governor had deservedly earned an award from the national office of SDGs for his developmental efforts, and announced that the award would be given to the Governor in a ceremony to be organized soon.