Gov Masari bags Nigerian sustainable development and Good Governance Award
Governor Aminu Bello Masari has been nominated as the winner of the 2019-2020 edition of the Nigerian sustainable development and Good Governance Award.
The project coordinator of the Next level Agenda Monitor of SDGs-2030, Dr Muhammad AlBashir Ibrahim announced this during a courtesy call on the Governor Aminu Bello Masari at Governor’s lodge, Asokoro, Abuja.
Dr AlBashir told Governor Masari that the prestigious award is at the instance of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs) office and the Presidency’s Next level Agenda/SDGs Monitoring Group.
The coordinator explained that the forthcoming event for the presentation of the award is being tied up with two other occasions; these are, the Senior Executive Conference and Public Policy Forum on Sustainable Development and Presidential Banquet Dinner in honour of the awardees.
Dr AlBashir told Governor Masari that the events would hopefully be witnessed by an array of international Development partners, experts, groups and foreign investors.
The coordinator expressed the belief that the events would undoubtedly be a noble endeavour for the development of the country.
He described it as timely, as the events would be coming at the most critical stage of global competitiveness.
He said that the tripartite events are being carefully developed to provide impetus for the federal ministries, departments and agencies, the 36 states and the FCT-Abuja.
Dr AlBashir expressed gratitude to the Governor for the timely release of counterpart funding for SDGs projects, which was one of the criteria used in selecting him for the Award.
He announced that Governor Aminu Bello Masari has so far released 4.5 billion Naira as counterpart funding, apart from an additional annual budgetary provision of 1.5 billion Naira for more SDGs projects in the state.
Dr AlBashir stated that among the 36 states and FCT-Abuja, only Katsina State under Governor Masari’s leadership appointed a Permanent Secretary to oversee the SDGs projects. This singular step had demonstrated commitment to serve the people in that regard.
He said that the Award will be presented to the Governor during the events tagged “ASO ROCK DECLARATION” with over 500 participants expected, including 15 from each state, with technical support from African Development Bank (AfDB) and Islamic Development Bank (IDB).
Responding, Governor Aminu Bello Masari expressed appreciation to the SDGs Monitoring Group for finding him worthy of the Award.
Alhaji Aminu Masari observed that there was never a time in Nigeria that people have a government that looks after them than now.
Governor Aminu Masari suggested that in social interventions, the SDGs programme should have been given more attention as they addressed the needs of ordinary people.
Alhaji Aminu Masari recalled that when MDGs came, politicians thought it was another bipartisan stand, stressing that those in opposition have failed to draw a line in that regard.
The Governor contended that most of the politicians upon coming to office dwelt more on execution of grandeur projects than executing the projects required by the people themselves.
He pledged to continue supporting the SDGs for the execution of people oriented projects in the state.