Lawmakers from State Assemblies in South Western part of Nigeria have called for their inclusion in the total processes and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The parliamentarians said this in a communiqué signed after a two-day conference on the role of legislators in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in South-West Nigeria held at the Ado Ekiti, Ekiti.
Supported by Department for International Development (DFID) in collaboration with Pan African Vision for the Environment (PAVE), the conference had I attendance legislators from Ekiti, Lagos, Osun, Oyo, Ogun and Ondo States in attendance.
The lawmakers complained that they are often overlooked as development partners in the development process and implementation of the goals, saying that lack of input from parliaments created the initial disconnection from proper implementation of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) “We recognize that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as developed by the United Nations (UN) was planned to commence in 2000 and terminate in 2015 but state ownership and effective implementation started well behind schedule which affected the extent of achievements recorded in the country at large, the individual states, including the south-west states”
In their resolution, the lawmakers agreed that a regional approach should be included towards the achievement of the SDGs in the south-west, including a need to establish a south-west parliamentary SDGs Resource Center to support State Houses of Assembly in the implementation of the SDGs, taking into context the peculiarities of each state; that the state parliaments should have a collaborative and working relationship with DAWN Commission for effective implementations and coordination of SDGs; they also call for follow up of the workshop to fine tune state and regional plans for the achievement of SDGs which can be hosted on a rotational basis.
Other resolutions they agreed on include that government, private sector and civil societies in respective states must ensure that poor advocacy experienced in the implementation of the MDGs which is linked to poor knowledge of the MDGs and poor outcomes should be avoided.
They also called on state governors to take ownership of the SDGs and align it with existing state development plans