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OSSAP-SDGs and UNDP Strengthen Data Collection, Monitoring and Evaluation on Sustainable Development Goals in Kano

Kano, Nigeria – 30 November 2021. The Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (OSSAP-SDGs) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), yesterday kicked off an Advocacy and Capacity Building Workshop targeted at SDG Desk Officers from the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in Kano State, as well as personnel of the Kano State SDGs Office. Utilising the Sustainable Development Goals framework, comprising of the goals and priority indicators, the three-day training workshop will cover Results-Based Management (RBM) and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) processes with the aim of strengthening data collection and mainstreaming of the SDGs in Kano state.

Addressing the workshop participants during her special remarks, Her Excellency, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals highlighted the importance of a sound monitoring and evaluation system to the realization of the transformative vision of the SDGs. “The technical presentations and discussions during this advocacy and capacity building workshop will undoubtedly equip you with the tools to better integrate the SDGs into your programmes, policies, and plans. Along with UNDP, our joint support will enhance SDGs-based development planning at the sub-national level” she stated.

Present at the opening ceremony of the workshop were H.E. Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the Executive Governor of Kano State, ably represented by the Honourable Commissioner for Planning and Budgeting, Nura Mohammed Dakadai; H.E. Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals; Dr. Simon Harry, Statistician-General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer, National Bureau of Statistics; Mr. Mohamed Yahya, UNDP Resident Representative, represented by the UNDP Senior Economic Advisor, Dr. Amarakoon Bandara; Engr. Ahmad Kawu, Secretary of Programmes, Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, the Special Adviser to the Executive Governor of Kano State on SDGs, Barr. Habib Hotoro. Also in attendance were Members of the Kano State Executive Council; Permanent Secretaries and other government officials.

In his address, Mr. Mohamed Yahya, UNDP Resident Representative in Nigeria stated that “Greater investments in building sub-national level statistics are essential to help achieve these objectives. Simply producing more data is not enough: data must be transformed, analysed and utilized to be useful for policymaking, monitoring and accountability. The UNDP remains committed to guiding sub-national level governments toward the implementation and actualization of their SDG-aligned development goals”.

Represented by the Honourable Commissioner for Planning and Budgeting, the Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje expressed appreciation to OSSAP-SDGs and UNDP for their ongoing support to the State: “The Kano State Government is indeed very grateful to OSSAP-SDGs, UNDP and the National Bureau of Statistics for providing the technical support to enhance the capacity of SDG Desk Officers. This will go a long way in helping the State government to realign its priorities in budgetary spending and allocation. Thus, I challenge the SDG Desk Officers across the various MDAs to play their part in the achievement of the 17 SDGs in Kano state.”

Building on the foundation laid at the national level, this workshop serves as a key first step in strengthening SDG-Based Development planning in Kano state. The Advocacy and Capacity Building workshop will run for four days, from 29 November – 2 December, 2021.

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Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by world leaders in September 2015, during the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The 2030 Agenda envisions a present and a future that is economically sustainable, socially inclusive and environmentally resilient.

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