Princess Adejoke Orelope Adefulire, Senior Special Assistant to the President for the Sustainable Development Goals, reiterated that the federal government will continue to prioritize interventions that affect the lives of poor and vulnerable Nigerians in order to achieve the 2030 Agenda.
Princess Orelope Adefulire recently spoke during the official commissioning of an I20 bed President Muhammadu Buhari Mother and Child Center in Gashua, Yobe state.
The facility, one of those mother-and-child centers built and equipped across the country by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, OSSAP-SDGs, was promoted by Senate President Ahmed Lawan as part of a Ceremony commissioned by state government officials, traditional rulers and other interest groups.
It is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including two operating theaters; Recovery rooms; Private and general departments; Scan room; Consultation rooms and laboratory. Others include, ultra scan machine; Vacuum extractor delivery set; and an emergency car with full compliments.
On that occasion, Orelope-Adefulire, in fulfillment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s promise to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years, said OSSAP-SDGs commit to key interventions with multiplier effects against multidimensional poverty, such as basic health care prioritize and educational care.
She added that in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic challenge, strategic interventions like the Mother and Child Centers have become essential to prevent the pandemic from undermining decades of human development and undermining the achievement of the SDGs.
“This strategic intervention is directly related to the achievement of SDG 3“ Quality of Health and Wellbeing for All ”as well as other cross-cutting SDGs. It is therefore expected that the Yobe state government, as well as other state governments that benefit from such interventions, will use the facilities wisely and sustainably for the benefit of our mothers and children.
“Finally, let me reiterate our commitment to achieving the SDGs by 2030. We will continue to prioritize interventions with a potential impact on the lives of poor and vulnerable members of our society so that there are no ‘Nigerians left behind’, “said the president’s advisor.
She also paid tribute to the President of the Senate for his commitment to the success of the SDGs and the Governor of Yobe State, Alhaji Mai-Mala Buni, for his support and cooperation in the common desire to implement the 2030 Agenda in Nigeria.
During the commissioning of the mother and child center, the Senate President said the people of Yobe and Nigerians in general will benefit from the state-of-the-art equipment installed at the facility.
Lawan, who commended the OSSAP SDGs for the care taken in executing the construction of the center, urged the project beneficiaries to take ownership of the facility, but called for more such interference.
“Like Oliver Twist, I would like to thank the OSSAP SDGs for giving us this and for what you are doing in Damaturu. But we wouldn’t mind getting more to Damaturu. Maybe in Potiskum and in the other part of the state like Geidam.
“If we get more budget we will appreciate that, but by and large I want to say that what you have done has had a very positive effect on the lives of our people here in Yobe North and Yobe State in general, and indeed on that Country will affect. “Said Lawan.