By: BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun on Wednesday disclosed that the State Government will next week Wednesday (July 25) host the official launch of the Yoruba translation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Commissioner who dropped this hint in Ibadan said launch “is a collaboration of United Nations Information Centre, Lagos (UNIC), United Nations Association of Nigeria (UNAN), Initiative for Information, Arts and Culture Development in Nigeria (IACD).
According to Mr Arulogun, the event is to hold at Mapo Hall, South East Local government area of the state, adding that the ” translation of the UN SDGs goal to Yoruba is to simplify the objectives of the SDGs in executing and implementing some pro-poor projects and programmes under the Conditional Grants Scheme which are targeted for the people at the grassroots.”
The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, pointed out that ” the Development Agenda of Western Nigeria (DAWN) is also being collaborated with to ensure that the translated 17 SDGs goals and the action plan for implementation is circulated among the Yoruba speaking states of the South West part of the country.”
He stressed that the process of implementing the SDGs goals require that the language is localized for the people to have better understanding of it, stating that the SDGs have been translated in the four indigenous languages of Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo and Pidgin.
“Nigeria is a signatory to the UN Charter of 2030. The goals should be achieved by 2030 and they are stated in English due to UN official language. The process of implementation requires that the language should be localized. The translation is necessary in order to have a better understanding of the 17 goals of the UN SDG for effective communication on the implementation of the goals.” he said
Speaking further, the Commissioner added that the programme, which will chaired by Chief Bamiji Ojo will have in attendance the Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on SDGs, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Nigeria Edward Kallon, the Director, United Nation Information Centre (UNIC), Mr. Ronald Kayanja, the President of the Nigerian Association of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) Iyalode Alaba Lawson and the President of UN Association of Nigeria and the DG NACCIMA, Ambassador Ayoola Olukanni, Oyo State Government Officials, Representatives of DAWN commission, IACD, UNAN, Markets and religious leaders from the state, local government officials and other stakeholders