Will Nigeria be left behind?

In 2015, at the United Nations, all countries agreed on the set of ambitious economic, social and environmental targets to be achieved by 2030. This is guided by a central  motivation not to leave anyone behind.
A recent report by the Brookings Institution notes that most countries are making progress on most of the goals and targets set, while  a number of countries are not making significant headway. Some countries account for the largest share of the world's challenge on each issue. For instance, the report states that given the current trends, 25% of the world's population living in extreme poverty by 2030 will be found in Nigeria. It also forecasts that if things continue as they are presently, the country will be listed among the top five countries of the world with the highest cases of undernourishment, wasting, maternal mortality, child mortality among other indicators, by the end of 2030. However, the report also indicates that Nigeria is on track for achieving the SDG when it comes to the issue of reducing stunted growth. A major challenge in tracking Nigeria's progress with regards to other key indicators is the issue of data availability, as there were no data presented for both primary school and pre-primary school enrolment rate. 
The current trend obviously suggests a likelihood of not realizing the SDGs by 2030, hence, the government through its platforms such as the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, should boost its efforts in meeting targets and strengthening the realization of the SDGs by 2030. Also sufficient data should be taken and made available so as to efficiently monitor progress rate, rather than spending funds on programmes that will not significantly enhance the fulfilment of the SDGs. 

Source: Brookings Institution


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