The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG), also known as Global Goals, are a set of seventeen interrelated and intertwined objectives of the UN, which have been designed to serve as a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for the people on this planet now and in the future. The SDG emphasize the interconnected nature of the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainable development by focusing on sustainability as its core. The objectives have the poor and unprivileged at heart.
UN’s General Assembly formulated the SDG in 2015 as part of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which sought to create a future global development framework and as a successor to the Millennium Development Goals that ended the same year. Some of the SDG, in their order, include: no poverty; zero hunger; good health and well-being; quality education; gender equality; clean water and sanitation; affordable and clean energy; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and infrastructure; and others.
Orelope-Adefulire is presented a UN SDG award.
Nigeria as a country has always aligned with these goals and the administration of President Buhari has committed to achieving them. Presently, the country’s First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, has pledged her support for Nigeria’s quest at attaining the SDG. She also spoke at an event organised by the United Nations (UN) to present “the 2023 UN SDG Champion Award” to the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to former President Muhammadu Buhari on SDG, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire.
Oluremi Tinubu was represented by the National Women Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Betta Edu. The First Lady hailed Orelope-Adefulire for her exceptional commitment to the development of her community and the country. She expressed her delight that the former SSA has been chosen for this year’s edition of the award, given the presidential aide’s many successes. She described Adefulire as a consummate and accomplished politician of great repute as well as a community and rural mobiliser, who has, unarguably, distinguished herself in her untiring and selfless service to her community and Nigeria as a whole.
History of the former SSA from Lagos politics.
Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire began her foray into politics decades ago. She has positively impacted the people to the extent that she became a regular face in Lagos politics and Nigeria since 1999. She was the first woman to be elected in to the State House of Assembly in Lagos State. From there, she has a great record which gave the motivation to domesticate the Child Rights Act in Lagos State. The decision has considerably improved the lots of children in the state since then.
When she was made the Commissioner for Women Affairs in Lagos State, she treaded the political landscape so greatly that she effortlessly delivered on all her assignments on all fronts. She advanced to the position of the deputy governor of the state, much delightedly at a time when her expertise as a team player was needed, and she contributed her quota to the transformative drive that catapulted the state to a mega city that we all are proud of today.
She expresses delight and commends her team for the achievements.
Meanwhile, Orelope-Adefulire herself praised the UN and its agencies for their commitment to supporting development efforts in the country and assured everyone of her commitment to serving humanity. She urged all parents to support efforts at enhancing the female gender’s opportunities to access education, among others. She expressed delight about her choice for the award and commended her team for the successes recorded over the years by the country in its drive towards achieving the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.