The Honourable Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu, after the Sustainable Development Goal Summit on Tuesday in New York, held a high level meeting with Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief coordinator, Martin Griffiths, at the United Nations Headquarters.
Edu called for collaboration between the UN and the Government of Nigeria to provide durable solutions to humanitarian crises and emergencies in the country.
The theme of the UNGA is: “Rebuilding trust and Reigniting global solidarity: Accelerating action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals towards peace, prosperity, progress and sustainability for all.”
Earlier, Governor of Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, who doubles as the Nigeria Governors’ Forum chairman, joined other leaders, development partners, and diplomats to discuss ‘stemming migration flow by providing basic needs’ — the main theme of the Nigeria Economic and Trade Summit 2023, organised by the Nigeria Governors’ Wives Forum.
The Governor made remarks on how scarce resources can be mobilised by all stakeholders to promote economic growth, inclusion and youth empowerment, and halt the menace of brain drain and its consequences for Nigeria and Africa.
Abdulrazaq also shared experiences about resolving learning crisis in Africa, including resource mobilisation to bridge infrastructural gaps, increase school enrolment, and improve learning outcomes for the children.
The Governor spoke alongside Jennifer O’Donoghue, senior fellow and deputy director, Center for Universal Education, Brookings Institution; Eric Hanushek, senior fellow, Stanford University; Shungu Gwarinda, executive director-Africa, CAMFED; Palwasha Hassan, senior technical and programme director, Mina’s List;
Mohammed Keana Sabo, founder, Almajiri Child Rights Initiative; and Shannon May, president and co-founder, NewGlobe; among others.
The discourse explored outcomes to help improve the quality of education in low-and middle-income countries, and also shine a light on what is needed to equip everyone from teachers to education ministries with the data tools needed to drive improved learning outcomes for all.