Niger State to adopt UN education for justice

Abdul Mohammed Isa, Niger State

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Niger State Government says it has designed a master plan to primarily focus on sustainable Education, Peace and Partnership in the quest to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Governor of the State, Abubakar Bello disclosed this while delivering address at the UNODC Doha Declaration Experts and Technical Support Groups’ meeting held at the United Nation’s side event, at United Nation’s Headquarters in New York.

Bello is also making efforts to harness Agriculture potentials to develop Health, Energy and Economic growth.

According to the Governor, “the State has already declared its readiness to adopt Education for Justice (E4J) Initiative tools, with the intention of reinforcing the capacity of teachers and educators so as to invest in young people that will lead to change in their profession, communities and the nation.”

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mrs Mary Noel Berje said, “it aims at galvanizing an inclusive and comprehensive approach to promote education for Justice and to assist states in the attainment of goals 4, 16, and 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is designed to focus on the establishment of synergies and partnership for success in developing Nations.

“We believe in the objectives of E4J initiative which seeks to prevent crime and promote culture of lawfulness through education activities in our schools and which also align with our goal to promote activities that will help our youth to better understanding and building resilience to crime with positive sense of identity and dignity,” said Governor Bello

Governor Bello, however, stated that, in line with the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda, Niger State has launched Solution17 of the SDGs to promote social inclusion, economic growth, environmental protection, peace and partnership in the state.

“Niger State has envisaged a great synergy with the State of Qatar and the UNODC Doha Declaration in the implementation and actualisation of the global programmes, aimed at evaluating the progress and challenges of various States in the execution of the programme”.

The UNODC Doha Declaration 2019 has been committed to four main goals: Contributing globally to integrity and accountability in the criminal Justice system; the rehabilitation and social reintegration of prisoners; the promotion of a culture of lawfulness among children and youth through sports and the integration of crime prevention, criminal Justice and rule of law related aspects into educational system.

 

Sammie Idika