By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Coalition of Associations for Leadership, Peace, Empowerment and Development (CALPED) has said that Kaduna State is a pacesetter in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) commitment as it was the first sub national to have a baseline report as well as host an accelerated conference.
CALPED Convener, Yusuf Goje expressed this during an interview with our correspondent on the sidelines of the one-day workshop aimed at accelerating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and climate action held in Kaduna State at the weekend.
“Kaduna is the first sub national to have a base line report for SDGs Kaduna is the only state that has hosted SDGs accelerated conference.
“We are keying into that to galvanize and mobilise non state actors to participate. It is as a result of the state commitment that citizens and non state actors are keying into it,” he said.
Speaking further at the workshop which had as its theme, Engaging Non-State Actors for Accelerating SDGs and Climate Action in Kaduna State’ he said that from the experience of the SDGs one thing that stood out was ack of buying in and taking ownership of project by non state actors.
“That is why we are bringing in non state actors to key in,” he added.
Also in a separate interview, Planning Officer II, Kaduna Planning and Budget Commission, Shamsudeen Mohammed Tanko who represented the Director SDGs in the state, said that the Kaduna Government was committed to SDGs as soon as it came on board.
“The state stated with integrating SDGs into the state development plan,” he added..
He therefore, charged the non state actors and the general public to key into the project.
“The public should consolidate government’s efforts by creating awareness for individuals or groups, to make sure that the 17 goals of the SDGs are met.
“In Kaduna State, the public should pick it as a responsibility to all. They should know that our level of development needs to improve and be sustained,” he stressed.