President of the Africa Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, says without peace and security, Nigeria cannot achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs).
The SDGs are development targets set by the United Nations (UN) to help create a better world by the year 2030 — they are the successors for the Millenium development goals (MDGs)
Speaking at the United Nations headquarters in New York earlier in the week, Adesina told the president what must be done for Nigeria to achieve the goals.
“Mr President, thank you for your tremendous leadership in driving the achievement of the SDGs in Nigeria. I know there are still some way to go, but I am confident that Nigeria will be able to achieve the SDGs,” Adesina said.
“Achieving these SDGs requires a number of things; first, macroeconomic stability. It requires faster economic growth, it requires reducing inequality, it requires creating jobs, quality jobs, it requires accelerating quality infrastructure.
“It requires transforming agriculture, and most importantly Mr President, it requires empowering women because when women win, Nigeria wins.
“And of course, peace and security, without peace and security, nothing can be achieved. I would like to commend you Mr. President for your steadfast dedication to the issues of national security.”