Kaduna State Commissioner for Planning and Budget Commission, Hajiya Umma Aboki, said the state is working with key stakeholders to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Aboki, who was represented by Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Bashir Muhammad, told Kaduna as much during a public conference to commemorate the 2022 Global Week to Take Action on the SDGs.
She said the global week themed: “The power is in our hands to reverse the scripts” aimed to raise awareness of the SDGs and encourage people to take action on various climate issues.
The Commissioner reiterated the state government’s determination to achieve the SDGs to ensure a better and more sustainable future for all.
The commissioner said the event focuses on the key themes of “climate, justice and peace”, while addressing issues of global warming, overpopulation and wildlife.
“This will help us deliver new solutions to shine a light of hope that resonates beyond our borders and foster peaceful climate justice and the sustainable societies needed.
“We are aware that several activities and programs are carried out by various agencies, institutions and media to address issues of climate justice and peace.
“However, these cannot be comprehensive enough at a time when climate, justice and peace challenges persist,” she said.
SDG Coordinator Hajiya Aisha Mohammed said the public conference was organized to assess decisions on climate change in local and global forums.
Mohammed said the conversation would highlight the need to bridge the gap between commitments and implementation towards peaceful, just and sustainable societies, especially as it relates to the state and Nigeria.
“The public conference will also inform and help achieve the level of cohesion needed to accelerate the achievement of the 2030 SDG agenda,” she said.
In an article titled “Climate, Justice and Peace”, Dr. Auwal Abdussalam from the Department of Geography at Kaduna State University (KASU) said that climate change has affected all spheres of human life.
Abdussalam said that despite efforts to address the problems of climate change, the vulnerable population who are suffering the most are unaware of the problems, how they contribute to them and how it affects them.
He said the climate naturally changes over time, but pointed out that the current ongoing climate changes were triggered by human actions.
According to him, the poor and vulnerable, who contribute less to climate change, suffer more from its impact.
“As such, there is a need to raise awareness among people so that they know where we are and develop local climate adaptation strategies and early warning systems against climate-related disasters,” he said. -he declares.
For his part, Dr. Ja’afar Abdulkadir from the Department of Sociology, KASU, emphasized the need for transparency and accountability in governance to gain public trust.
In an article titled: “Patriotism, Rule of Law, Transparency and Accountability,” the speaker said that the rule of law, transparency and accountability were key to mobilizing support for the acceleration of the Sustainable Development Goals. (NOPE)