Sokoto Govt. restates commitment to collaborate with all UN

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The Sokoto State Government on Wednesday restated its readiness to collaborate with all United Nations agencies coming into the state.

The Secretary to the state government, Prof. Bashir Garba made the remark at a Three-day meeting of United Nations Sustainable Development Partnership Framework, Sokoto state Delivery As One (DAO) 2018 review and planning for 2019.

Garba, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Sokoto state Careers and Special Services, Alhaji Sani Umar said that the UN DAO is aimed at bringing all its agencies under one umbrella for a common target.

This will adequately provide essential tools.

“This, in identifying priority areas of support and effective implementation of activities is to enrich the effort of the government.

“The meeting would be participatory and interactive as well serve as a means of cross fertilisation of idea to enrich the effort in consolidating a document which is expected to stand the test of time and future reference.

“So, it is our hope that all the priority sectors of the state that includes education, health, agriculture and environment will adequately reap the benefit of this process for a better result,” he said.

According to him, the gathering is a great opportunity to enable the state to forge ahead in their journey toward the realisation of UN objectives.

He appreciated the UN for identifying Sokoto among the five states selected for the programme that includes Cross Rivers, Bauchi, Lagos and Abuja.

Mrs Annefrida Kisesa, who spoke on behalf of the UN country team, said that the UN is always committed and working even more closely to support the achievement of Nigeria’s development commitment to its people.

“The United Nations System committed to work together in partnership under what we call `Delivering as One’ modality.

“In this collaborative effort, we will act together in planning jointly with our partners and have coordination mechanisms at state level, for implementation and monitoring purposes.

“This, to improve performance toward achieving measurable result and impact as well review together achievements,” Kisesa said.

According to her, the 2030 agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) commit stakeholders to work together to promote sustained and inclusive economic growth, social development and environmental protection.

“The scale and ambition of this new agenda calls for an integrated approach to sustainable development and collective action at all levels.

“That means smarter partnerships, bringing together government, civil society, the private sector, the development partners and other stakeholders and collective mobilising all available resources for both public and private investment,’’ Kisesa said.

Earlier, the state Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning , Alhaji Shehu Rara called on the participants to share thoughts and experiences for positive outcomes.

Rara said that the overall objective of the meeting was to create an opportunity for the UN agencies and its implementing partners to strategizse on best ways to work together.

“This is aimed at achieving the development aspiration of the state through an annual joint work planning as well as to review the process in achieving the state’s development agenda,’’ the commissioner said.

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