Oyo State Government redefined her development strategies to inculcate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which is broader in scope than the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi made this known through his Special Adviser on Economic Planning and Budget, Dr. Isiaka Olayinka Kolawole during the opening ceremony of a training workshop organized by Oyo State Planning Commission in collaboration with DAWN Commission for the Directors of Planning, Research and Statistics as well as other officials that are saddled with the task of Planning and Budgeting for the State Ministries, Departments and Agencies(MDAs) held at Plaza de Aruna Elekara, Oyo Town.
Dr. Isiaka Olayinka Kolawole stated that the State Government is working out strategies to effectively implement the SDGs which requires mobilization of all stakeholders especially the civil and public servants.
The Special Adviser also stressed that the effort of the State Government toward Mainstreaming the SDGs into the State policy include a sustained implementation of policies, programmes and projects geared towards eradication of poverty among the populace.
He later urged the participants to imbibe the same level of commitment in their disposition to work adding that they should continuously strive in their collective responsibility to propel Oyo State into an enviable position among the comity of States in Nigeria.
Earlier while reading her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Oyo State Planning Commission, Mrs. Mofoluke Adebiyi emphasized that the aim of the training workshop is to provide a forum for better understanding of the universal goals and serve as platform for harmonizing strategies and methodologies for the mainstreaming of SDGs into the State Plans and Budgets across the State.
She stated further that the SDGs are broader in scope with 17 goals and 169 targets, unlike the MDGs that had 8 goals and 60 targets. So the complexity and all-inclusiveness of this goal call for laying a solid foundation for impactful implementation.
In her own contribution, the representative of DAWN Commission, Mrs. Yewande Peter, appreciated the Oyo State Government for organizing the training workshop on Mainstreaming Sustainable Development Goals into State Plans and Budget. She also urged the participants to apply the skill and information derived from the training to activities in their various MDAs.
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