A global movement for citizen-led actions to eradicate poverty and improve human living conditions, in line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals to end extreme poverty by 2030, is partnering with the Nigrian Private Sector in order to achieve this objective in the country.
Speaking during a ‘Global Goal Live: Nigeria Policy Forum’ in Lagos, held at the Wheatbaker Hotel, Ikoyi on Thursday, a co-founder of Global Citizen, Mr. Michael Sheldrick noted that the movement had created millions of positive citizens’ actions a across the world to hold leaders accountable in the fight against hunger and poverty.
He revealed that despite the enormous wealth in the world, poverty is increasing in certain regions of the world especially in Africa where Nigeria as a country is projected to host 25% of the world’s extremely poor people in the next 15 years if urgent actions are not taken.
He called on active citizens in the private sector and the civil society to partner with the government, which has greater responsibility, for the welfare of the citizens.
Mr Sheldrick who spoke at the launch of ‘Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100’, said that 16 governments, eight international institutions and foundations, and 12 corporations were galvanized to make financial and political commitments to work in collaborative manner to tackle poverty.
“We saw engaged citizens take over 5.65 million actions globally which resulted in 60 commitments and announcements worth $7.2billion set to effect the lives of 121 million people around the world. In South Africa, more than 400,000 people have already joined the movement and across Africa. We are happy to be in Nigeria and ready to work with probate sector philanthropy and government to achieve the SDGs and end poverty.” He said.
At the Policy Forum which focused on healthcare delivery system in Nigeria, Mr. Tunde Folawiyo, Chairman Global Citizen Nigeria said that the private sector and civil society can no longer stand aloof from addressing issues of poverty in Nigeria because failure to do so will be risky for everyone.
His words: “Nigeria is already dubbed the poverty capital of the world. And in the next 15 years, a World Bank recent report said Nigeria will host 25% of the extremely poor population of the world. That is a very worrisome statistics we must begin to work to address as a people. We cannot just stand by and do nothing.”
Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire attend the Policy Forum. She discussed the Federal Government’s work to eradicate poverty in the country adding that a national framework in line with the Economic Recovery Growth Plan had been launched which is being mainstreamed into the sub-national governments for adoption.
She said: “We are working with the state and local governments because that is where the people are. We are happy to collaborate and work with Global Citizen to eradicate Poverty in our country. I want to also comment Mr. Folawiyo and Aig-Imoukhuede for leading the private sector efforts. It is only when we the public and private sectors work together we can solve the problem of poverty of our people.”