Poverty is in the land and it is something that Nigerians have always wished away.

This is why the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations is working towards eradicating poverty.

Nigeria is making efforts to address the issues and President Muhammadu Buhari has set up a Presidential Advisory Council on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

He believes the council chaired by him will help boost the fight against poverty and climate change.

Buhari, who was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, reaffirmed the administration’s belief that SDGs implementation would have decisive implications for Nigeria’s development.

According to him, the SDGs occupy a prominent place in the economic recovery and growth plan launched in April to guide Nigeria along the path of inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

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“Progress on the goals will have a positive effect on our poverty and unemployment numbers.

“It will reduce the number of mothers who die during child birth and our children who are unable to mark their fifth birthdays and also the figures on out-of-school children.

“It will empower our girls and women and bridge the gender inequality gap.

“Success in the implementation of the SDGs will have an impact in our cities and on the quality of the lives of those who live within them.

“It is therefore clear that the achievement of the goals equals a quantum socio-economic leap for Nigeria.

“Failure to achieve the SDGs will have existential implications for our generation and for those yet unborn.’’

The Council will provide policy direction for the implementation of the SDGs in Nigeria and ensure that there is coherence at the national and sub-national levels.

He noted that the Council’s work would be crucial for resource mobilization, prioritisation of interventions, periodic assessment as well as the overall oversight of SDGs implementation.

The President observed that as ambitious as the goals might appear, they captured the urgency of the major challenges that confront humanity especially developing nations.