By Philip Yatai
The Kaduna State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ecologistics Integrated Services Ltd., to enhance the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the state.
The state’s Planning and Budget Commissioner, Mr Thomas Gyang disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Thursday.
Gyang explained that the company would serve as the Sustainable Development Enhancement Consultant for the state government for the next four years.
He explained that the MoU became necessary to expand sustainable development initiatives and activities with a view to improve the quality of life and standard of living of the people.
He said that the move would also enhance the capacity of Ministries, Departments and Agencies for effective engagements toward accelerating SDGs in the state.
He also said that the MoU would enable the state to access global funding and technology support and expand local and international partnership for sustainable development and improved service delivery.
According to Gyang, the main goal is to harness global and the state’s socio-economic capital and reinvest such capital for profitable returns in sustainable development.
“This will enable our dear state to enhance its capacity to develop standard infrastructure and attract collaboration from global development community to improve standard of living of the people sustainably.”
He said that the consultant would facilitate access to bilateral and multilateral funding and technology support for development projects and programmes, access to climate change financing and ensure utilisation of the funds for sustainable development enhancement programmes.
The commissioner further said that the consultant would ensure continuity of existing sustainable development initiatives in the state.
“Ecologistics will equally facilitate the transition of Kaduna state social, economic and infrastructural development projects and programmes for sustainable development outcomes, measurable against SDGs targets and indicators.
“It will also provide technical and logistics services for capacity enhancement for personnel of local governments and MDAs for sustainable development and enhancement programme.”
Gyang said that the MoU would be valid for a term of four years and automatically renew, except a party provides a notice of discontinuance to the other party.
NAN reports that Ecologistics is a global climate change investment and sustainable development firm that facilitates funding and technology support for national and sub-national entities.