A developmental expert and the co-Founder/ CEO of Development Nigeria, Mr. Michael Ale has tasked the Nigerian government to domesticate strategies that is adapted to local need to achieve 2030 economic development goal of United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).
Ale stated this while speaking with NTA crew in an interview which was aired on the station on Saturday morning.
Speaking on the station, Ale who is also the National president of borehole drillers, AWDROP maintained that to achieve the 2030 developmental goal, Nigeria must adapt the UN’s goals to its local needs to achieve economic feat.
He said: “I don’t want to be pessimistic that Nigeria can’t achieve 2030 development goal but there are tasks that you cannot meet or growths you can’t make impactful.
“What is hindering African countries especially Nigeria to reach the target is finance and other challenges follow. We have failed to work in accordance to UN’s SDG targets.
“Just like United Emirate, they came up with strong political will that they want to turn desert to the tourist centre and it was achieved. But this boils down to innovative thinking, idea and strategy.
“To achieve 2030 developmental goals, we must create our own goal adapted to our local need that will make develop at our space. UN should not generalize development. Different countries are with different strategies and can’t reach the same goal because we don’t have the same human resources, environment, infrastructural capacities and therefore the countries can’t go on the same pace.
“This is the reason we must domesticate our strategies to suit local needs.
“The SDG was developed by UN after realizing that there are differential or inequality in development of countries and came up with SDG policy for countries to key into the universal developmental goals.
“Millennium Development Goal (MDG) came in 2000 and expired in 2015. Nigeria keyed into this UN’s goals which was global development strategy seven years after. Before this time, what we had in Nigeria was NEED and later SEED which is State Economic Empowerment Development strategies.
“MDG set out eight goals majorly to eradicate poverty but no African country including Nigeria was able to meet this target. The MDG goals which was 8 goals was later in 2015 became 17 goals under SDGs.
“The problem is that, how possible can we domesticate the SDG when we don’t understand what it is all about? Many Nigerians don’t know what is SDG and something you don’t know, how can you achieve it? Even many state governors don’t understand anything about SDG and they are policy makers. Therefore, how can you work on SDG and domesticate it when you don’t even understand anything about it?”, Ale queried.