Edward advocates for State-level SDGs Marshall Plans

Mar 25, 2017

Edward Kallon (centre) with Mandisa Mashologu (right) meets with Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari at Katsina Government House (Photo, UNDP Nigeria/Lucky Musonda)

UNDP Nigeria Resident Representative, Edward Kallon, reaffirmed commitment of the Country Office towards supporting States in their quest to achieving development aspirations. During his 3-State mission to Kaduna, Kano and Katsina, Edward used engagements with State Authorities to advocate for the development and implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) based Development Plans at State-level as a framework for achieving sub-national social and economic progress.

“I have always advocated for State-level SDGs-based ‘Marshall Plans’ to implement the recently launched Economic Recovery and Growth Plan to achieve broad-based suatainable and inclusive economic growth,” he stated during his address to the Executive Council of Kaduna State Government.

Edward emphasized that using SDGs as a framework for planning and implementing development interventions, States stood to benefit as SDGs were all-encompassing and sought to address long-term social and economic development goals in a sustainable manner.  

SDG-based national and sectoral plans, he stated, can significantly contribute to national efforts aimed at addressing the current economic and humanitarian crises.

While in Kano State, Edward took time and visited two of the State’s largest trading areas (markets) - Kano has a long history of trading dating back to the 16th century. Today, it remains the second largest industrial centre in Nigeria and the largest in Northern Nigeria with a number of industrial activities in tanning, textile, footwear, furniture, among others.

“I have seen great potential for the traders to earn even more from their produce” Edward stated during a meeting with the Executive Governor of the State H.E Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

He noted that there was a value-addition step missing in the production of most of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises’ commodities. Edward pledged UNDP’s support towards interventions that would enhance the value of the produce which will in turn bring revenue to the State.

Having visited both Kaduna and Kano before, Edward was however, visiting Katsina State for the first time since assuming office less than 5 months ago.

While in Katsina, Edward met with the Executive Governor, H.E Aminu Bello Masari and his Cabinet at Government House. During this engagement, Edward reiterated his call for  SDG based development planning and budgeting as a vehicle for sustaining and scaling up progress being made by the State in different sectors.

All the States visited presented to the delegation issues that they sought support towards. These ranged from institutional capacity building interventions to strengthening of policies that would enhance their ability to deliver services and development to their people. Edward committed UNDP and the UN system to supporting the States.