By Olutayo Irantiola
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Adejoke Orelope Adefulire as his Senior Special Assistant on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire served as Deputy-Governor and Commissioner of Education in Lagos State in the administration of Babatunde Fashola, SAN, the erstwhile Governor and the current Minister of Works, Power and Housing. News of the appointment was confirmed by spokesperson for the President, Femi Adesina, on Monday.
The statement said Mrs. Orelope-Adefulire has also served as Commissioner for Women’s Affairs and Poverty Alleviation in Lagos State.
According to the United Nations Development Program, the Sustainable Development Goals, otherwise known as the Global Goals, build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets that the world committed to achieving by 2015.
The MDGs, adopted in 2000, aimed at an array of issues that included slashing poverty, hunger, disease, gender inequality, and access to water and sanitation, the UNDP said on its website.
“Enormous progress has been made on the MDGs, showing the value of a unifying agenda underpinned by goals and targets. Despite this success, the indignity of poverty has not been ended for all,” the agency said.
“The new SDGs, and the broader sustainability agenda, go much further than the MDGs, addressing the root causes of poverty and the universal need for development that works for all people. The Sustainable Development Goals will now finish the job of the MDGs, and ensure that no one is left behind.”
Olutayo Irantiola is a Lagos based publicist and writer, he is also passionate about events that drive Nigeria into the future and loves all things Nigerian politics and entertainment.