Abuja - The Chairman Senate Committee on Millennium Development Goals, Sen. Ali Ndume, on Thursday said N10 billion was spent on MDGs special projects in 2012 by the senate.
Ndume said in Abuja at a stakeholders meeting on MDGs Acceleration Framework that the project was designed to ensure that Nigeria meet the MDGs target by 2015.
``The senate standing committee on MDG in collaboration with Office of the Senior Special Adviser to the President on MDGs came up with an idea of organising an MDG project.
``The senate committed N10 billion to the project tagged special projects of the MDG and we have been able to achieve more than 90 per cent success,’’ he said.
He said the National Assembly was committed to partnering with the executive arm of government and other stakeholders in achieving the MDGs in Nigeria.
He called on government to provide five billion dollars as backlog of five years in other to further fast track the attainment of the MDGs in the country.
According to him, Nigeria did not commence the implementation of the MDGs until five years later, stressing that each year translated into one billion dollars per annum.
``Nigeria could not take off immediately. We are five years behind.
``That is to say that the Nigerian government’s commitment of one billion dollars per annum to the MDG started only in 2006.’’
The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, in his presentation, said the ministry had recorded 40 per cent reduction in maternal mortality rate within the space of five years.
``Between 2006 and 2011, we recorded a 40 per cent reduction in maternal mortality rate because in 2006 the national average was 800 maternal deaths per 100,000 life birth.
``By 2011, the ministry recorded 487 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births.
Onyebuchi commended the Federal Government for its support in proffering solution to the issue of maternal mortality in the country.
``This is the first time government has committed its fund to procuring family planning commodities and other life saving
commodities for mothers and children.
``Nigeria will be spending in dollar terms 8.35 million dollars annually on these commodities for the next four years.
He called on states to emulate Edo and Ebonyi in giving priority attention to issues of maternal mortality in the country.
In her address of welcome, Special Adviser to the President on MDGs, Dr Precious Kalamba, said MDG Acceleration Framework (MAF) would assist Nigeria in fast tracking the attainment of the MDGs by 2015.
``This MDGs accelerated framework is in accordance with the president’s directive, to identify impediments to progress against the MDGs with a view to finding a lasting solution.
``With less than 1000 days to the 2015 deadline, it has become urgent to identify the bottle necks and barriers that impede our progress against the MDGs,” she said.
The Coordinator, United Nations System in Nigeria, Mr Daouda Toure, said the organisation was committed to partnering with Nigeria to operationalise the countdown strategy using the MAF tools.
Toure, who was represented by the UN Director in Nigeria, Mrs Ade Lekoetje, commended the effort of the Federal
Government toward meeting the 2015 MDGs.
``The Nigerian Government has maintained this promise by its steadfast commitment to the achievement of the MDGs through financial, institutional and policy frameworks.
`` The vision 20:20:20 of the Federal Government is MDG compliant and a number of ground breaking programmes like the Conditional Grant Scheme and the Conditional Cash Transfers are developed to meet the MDGs,’’ he said.