Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has expressed optimism that Nigeria is capable of attaining poverty-free status by 2030 in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target.
The governor hinted this in Ado-Ekiti while honoring 27 SDGs impact advocates who had distinguished themselves in the area of scholarships and other community-based projects and who were presented with medals at the event.
Among them were Abimbola Aladejare, Sikiru Olowoyo and Olusola Adelti of Ekiti Youths Agenda, Green Global International Networks and Ekiti Future Awards respectively.
Others were Semiat Aderibigbe, Free Adult Education and Ayomide Also of the Reformers Initiative.
Fayemi, represented by his Chief of Staff, Biodun Omoleye, said: “The essence of the SDGs is to eradicate poverty globally and make the world a better place to live for everyone by 2030.”
He maintained that with the necessary government’s support and encouragement, Nigerian youths are capable of leading the nation to achieve the various SDGs goals.
The governor said he was one of those incurable optimists, who shared the views that poverty can be eradicated in Nigeria in 2030 as projected, with diligent prosecution of the SDG’s programs and policy.
Fayemi, who spoke in Ado Ekiti on Saturday during an event commemorating the 2019 International Youth Day, urged the youths to develop themselves intellectually and skillfully, to be able to compete with their contemporaries globally, since the world is now a “global village”.