By: Tahav Agerzua
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has advocated the involvement of all stakeholders in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals projects.
He spoke at a side event on " Experiences in Multi-stakeholders Engagement in the Implementation of SDGs in Africa" held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the United States of America.
"Our experience in Benue State has confirmed that the implementation of the SDGs is a shared responsibility for all stakeholders," he stated.
"The SDGs office is collaborating with mainline Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government, in implementing activities that will deliver outputs and outcomes aimed at achieving specific SDGs targets."
According to him there was also collaboration between the State, Local Government Authorities, beneficiary communities at the grass roots as well as non-state actors for proper monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the SDGs.
He assured that his adminstration was committed to ensuring that the implementation of the SDGs moved from visions and plans to concrete actions that would ensure equitable growth, social development and ensuring that no one was left behind.
Governor Ortom noted that the state government previously made considerable progress in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals ,MDGs, but that two major flaws were noticed.
He said these were failure to integrate the MDGs into several plans of action by successive governments, as well as parallel institutional processes working discordantly towards the same sector objectives.
"To address the inadequacies in the implementation of the MDGs, Benue State Government decided to integrate the SDGs into the 10-year State Development Plan which was recently launched," he stressed.
"The objective is to achieve better collaboration between SDGs office and mainline Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government, in order to enhance and allow optimal utilization of resources."

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