Udoma explains why Nigeria did not achieve Millennium Development Goals

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The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udoma, has explained why Nigeria and other African countries could not achieve their target of the Millennium Development Goals.
The minister blamed the development on the region’s over-reliance on foreign aids.
Udoma made this disclosure on Wednesday, in Abuja, while speaking at the High-Level Policy Dialogue on Development Planning in Africa, organised by United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

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The minister, who was represented at the event by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Budget and National Planning, Mrs Fatima Nana, noted that though Nigeria made some progress in achieving some of the MDGs, it could not meet the expectation, because of lack of political will to implement policies.
He said, “We have not made as much progress as we had hoped for partly because of poor implementation mechanisms and excessive reliance on development aid.
“Another factor is the failure of many African countries in mainstreaming the MDGs into their national economic plans, policies and budgets. Added to these is the fact that many African countries lacked relevant data and mechanisms to monitor progress.
“Let me also inform you that concerted efforts are being made to ensure that SDGs are main -streamed into the annual budgets at the Federal and State levels.”
“Other actions we have taken in ensuring effective main -streaming the SDGs in our national plans include: raising public awareness and applying multi-stakeholders approaches”, he added.

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