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Sunday, 6 September 2015

BRISIN:THE LINK BETWEEN POPULATION, ECONOMY AND GOVERNANCE- An Indicator of Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria




BRISIN: The Link Between Population, Economy and Governance - A major Indicator of Sustainable Development Goals In Nigeria


By Kolawole Kareem Raji.

 

  It remains indelible in the record that President Muhammadu Buhari as the civilian newly elected President of Africa's populous nation, Nigeria was on Friday 23rd September, 2015 in New York attended the 70th United Nations General Assembly amidst over 150 Heads of States summit which culminated into the signing of a new Declaration at the wake of the new world agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals, SDG.

  THE MISSING LINK
Information Management and Social Security are fundamental output of correct data and information on citizens and the economy. The problem faced for non availability of primary sourced data has actually made all present data collection unreliable even for the issuance of documents without means of verifying the information supplied are internationally viewed as jungle practice. Primary sourced data and information has always been the basis for determining credibility (the right to a passport, the right to vote, the right to participate in social welfare programs, the right for identification etc. No secondary data anywhere has ever been used to confer any national documentation except in Nigeria, no wonder why no Nigerian document is recognized as genuine to any foreign country just because information that precedes the issue of Nigerian documents are all secondary sourced and cannot be verified.

 Primary data generated from origin are traceable to foundation home including but not limited to births and deaths registry has been the absolute condition that should precede any documentation including but not limited to national ID systems.

THE REALITY

“Africa is the most rapidly urbanizing region of the world,” said the Secretary-General. “Two-thirds of Africa`s projected total population of 2.5 billion people will require urban services by 2063. And Africa needs to be ready,” Ban Ki-moon urged African Presidents who attended seminar themed Africa's urban Agenda  few hours into the UN 2015 Summit in New York.
The crux of the matter is that Nigerians refused to understand that I.D Cards, passports, Driver License, bank account opening, Telephone ownership, Car ownership in fact virtually everything circulate around human being, and the agency with the Mandate on primary information on human being in Nigeria is National Population Commission with 10 years census, a big gap that would not allow the planner to plan for realistic population.
The issue now is what instrument recognized worldwide to be the link between population, economy and governance, (Social Security Number) this number is produced on a verifiable primary sourced data and information which in Nigeria does not exist, the fact that there is no integrated data and information Infrastructure that should assist on daily updates, reducing the lacuna that presently exist in the responsibility of NpopC to a 10 years census, which actually gave room to the nascent of secondary data generation by different Agencies with national documentations ridiculously issued to non Nigerians that contributed to unavoidable bad image of Nigeria all over. The present situation of our economy coupled with the yelling of change from every Nigerian both home and in the Diaspora calls for strategic approach to totally overhaul the system of using the secondary data and return to the generally accepted primary data and information for all national documentations, planning and economic management.

 Reliable Data and Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria. 


As 150 heads of state and government signed the declaration of  Sustaianable Development Goals in New York the the global agenda for sustainable developments took off at Summit 2015.

Almost fifteen years ago, the Millennium Development Goals were agreed. These provided an important framework for development and significant progress has been made in a number of areas. But the progress has been uneven, particularly in Africa, least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, and small island developing States, and some of the MDGs remain off-track, in particular those related to maternal, newborn and child health and to reproductive health. We recommit ourselves to the full realization of all the MDGs, including the off-track MDGs, in particular by providing focussed and scaled-up assistance to least developed countries and other countries in special situations, in line with relevant support programmes

The United Nations stated that ''the new Goals and targets has come into effect on 1 January 2016 and will guide the decisions the UN take over the next fifteen years. All of us will work to implement the Agenda within our own countries and at the regional and global levels, taking into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development and respecting national policies and priorities We will respect national policy space for sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, in particular for developing states, while remaining consistent with relevant international rules and commitments. We acknowledge also the importance of the regional and sub-regional dimensions, regional economic integration and interconnectivity in sustainable development.''

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  @NBrisin for Nigeria will provide reliable data base for achieving healthier life, better future targeted by Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria, says @tony_uwa Dr Anthony Uwa, Head of BRISIN Implementation Committee. Watch the director of @UNFPA @BabatundeUNFPA tells us how #GlobalGoals can help sustaining that future: Watch it here:  http://t.co/sSwwJUM8dt 

In addition to poverty and hunger, the global goals cover issues such as access to education, healthcare, energy, water and sanitation, as well as gender equality and action on climate change.

Mr. Ban stressed that the Agenda focuses on growth and decent employment, while .ensuring the preservation of the planet and the fight against climate change, taking into account the complexity and interconnected nature of today’s most vexing challenges.
“The Group of 77 and China has played an extremely important role in shaping this agenda. I am sure you will sustain the same enthusiasm and idealism as we move to implementation,” Mr. Ban said, committing the full support of the entire UN System.

“You need to act in your countries to build awareness and commitment to this agenda.” - Ban Ki-moon

The present unemployment level as well as the impossibility to reduce corruption, insecurity and injustice are consequences emanating from the lack of credible data and information infrastructure that has root to primary source.
Monitoring the economy and collecting VAT and Taxes on speculation and imaginations are incredible loopholes that can never produce change in Nigeria
All present data collection agencies for documentations eg:
NIMC, NIS, CBN, NCC, FRSC, Police/EFCC, INEC. ETC are secondary data collectors that should synergize with NpopC for data verification, even though NpopC`s population data is on 10yrs Census.
BRISIN IS THE BEGINNING OF CHANGE
BRISIN provides the platform for cross checking primary source data across board, including Diaspora. That is the, data on every Citizen which would be readily accessible to, and consistently updated and reflected with all MDA(s):
NIS, Police, INEC, NpopC, FRSC, NIMC, NCC, Education, Health, Banks Interpol, and so on.
BRISIN`s provision and allocation of Social Security number to every citizen, serves as that enabler and prerequisite for all and sundry to be afforded the privileges due to the Citizenry by the State of Nigeria. It is this number that would enable you access every socio-economic and welfare in Nigeria just as it is else where in the World.




The new Sustainable Development Goals agreed by UN Member States will seek to end poverty, while also taking into account environmental issues.
Veronica Reeves of the United Nations radio service during the live broadcast of the UN Summit reported that. : In what was called by the UN Secretary-General a "defining moment in human history", countries have adopted 17 new global goals that lay out an ambitious set of development objectives.
The adoption comes after intense negotiations as leaders sought to craft a framework that will address extreme poverty, while also putting in place safeguards for the environment.
In co-chairing the summit, the President of Uganda, Yoweri (U-weary) Museveni (Moo-sen-a-vee) said the new development agenda was designed to leave no one behind.
"Together, we are sending a powerful message to people in every village, every city, every nation worldwide – that we are committed to taking bold step to change their lives, for the better.", according to the United Nations.



Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, while addressing the Assembly called on both developed and developing nations to play their part.
His speech demanded to enhance the productive capacity in developing countries, especially in the least developed countries.
The new programme, Transforming Our World: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development consists of a Declaration, 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets, a section on means of implementation and renewed global partnership, all seeking to build on and expand the eight Millennium Development Goals adopted at a UN summit in 2000.
Kolawole Kazeem Raji, National Coordinator, ICT for BRISIN

BRISIN is the foundation for change which Federal Government is laying for a better Nigeria
With the issuance of Nigerian Social Security Number (NSSN) starting with FCT as pilot and carried out in all the Wards Local Government, State and National levels so that before the 2026 census Nigeria will be in position to fast track to development. According to Dr. Uwa, Head of Implementation and techical Committee inaugurated by the Nigerian goverment said, all these social vices that has crippled development would be eradicated and data and information on citizen would be updated on daily bases and retrieved on a press of a button.


Dr  Anthony Uwa, the Head of Implementation and Technical Committee for BRISIN, briefed the newsmen in Abuja that Dermo Impex consulting company will use the available data to provide solid instrument for fighting social vices and for developing the nation’s economy.
“BRISIN in Nigeria is extra-vital because it is the only instrument that has no colour, religion, ethnicity or gender.
“It is the only instrument for strong and vibrant economy with monitoring and control system; reducing the gap between the rich and the poor,’’ he said.
According to Uwa, Nigeria is basically living on commerce and less production; the economy that cannot function well without BRISIN

 BRISIN was intended to register and capture the imagery of every Nigerian from the 8812 ward level and the 36 states and Abuja''

Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Ima Niboro, has commended Federal Government for commissioning Basic Registry and Information System in Nigeria (BRISIN), saying it would provide reliable data for economic development.

 Social Security Numbers for Nigerians, BRISIN Pilot Project Set To Commence In Abuja – BRISIN Committee

Head of Technical and Implementation Committee for BRISIN, Dr Anthony Uwa, has disclosed that the solution provider for the Federal Government on Basic Registry and Infornation System In Nigeria, Dermo Impex, the contracted Italian ICT company has taken tangiblle steps to extend sensitisation to the President Mohammad Buhari-led federal cabinet and the National Assembly. He disclosed this while receiving the newly appointed United Kingdom Representative for BRISIN, Prince Lashley Oladigbolu who paid a formal courtesy visit to Abuja BRISIN office on Wednedsay.

Explaining further Dr. Uwa said preparation is now in top gear for the issuance of Nigerian Social Security Number (NSSN) starting with Federal Capital Terrritory as pilot before rolling out same data and imagery capturing in all the Wards Local Government, State and National levels so that before the 2026 census. Dr. Uwa Highlighted that all the social vices ranging from security issues to inadequate planning and economic down-turn that has crippled development in Nigeria would be eradicated and data and information on citizen would be updated on daily bases and retrieved on a press of a button.

In his speech, the UK Representative for BRISIN, Prince Lashley Oladigbolu thanked Implementation Team for the privilege accorded him to serve his country in diaspora and assured that the mandate given him would be exercised to build solid foundation for change which the federal government is currently laying for a better Nigeria.

At the end of the meeting held with Prince Oladigbolu (13/01/2016)  in Maitama Sule Abuja Dr. Anthony Uwa, the Head of Implementation and Technical Committee for BRISIN, briefed newsmen that Dermo Impex consulting company will use the available data to provide solid instrument for fighting social vices and for developing the nation’s economy.
 ‘The objectives of BRISIN are finding a lasting solution to issues bordering on insecurity, insurgence, border control, corruption, un-employment, good governance, economic planning, social justice, rural development and fiscal and management policy among others'' according to the letter of Mandate issued to the UK Representative.
“BRISIN in Nigeria is extra-vital because it is the only instrument that has no colour, religion, ethnicity or gender. 
“It is the only instrument for strong and vibrant economy with monitoring and control system; reducing the gap between the rich and the poor.’’ he said.


 Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through BRISIN
 Nigeria is fully aware and recognising that there are different approaches, visions, models and tools available, in accordance with its national circumstances and priorities, to achieve sustainable development;
The means of implementation targets under Goal 17 and under each SDG are key to realising our Agenda and are of equal importance with the other Goals and targets. The Agenda, including the SDGs, can be met within the framework of a revitalized global partnership for sustainable development, supported by the concrete policies and actions as outlined in the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, held in Addis Ababa from 13-16 July 2015. In relation to providing reliable statistical database the BRISIN in Nigeria is set to be implemented to strenghten the Goals, particularly, utilizing Goal 17 and the use of Information and Communication Technology.  Below explicitly explains the SDG in relation to implementation of BRISIN in Nigeria.

Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development 



Especially on SDG 17 -17.8 Fully operationalize the technology bank and science, technology and innovation capacity-building mechanism for least developed countries by 2017 and enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology.

Data, monitoring and accountability 


17.18 By 2020, enhance capacity-building support to developing countries, including for least developed countries and small island developing States, to increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts 
17.19 By 2030, build on existing initiatives to develop measurements of progress on sustainable development that complement gross domestic product, and support statistical capacity-building in developing countries

The future of humanity and of our planet lies in our hands. It lies also in the hands of today’s younger generation who will pass the torch to future generations. We have mapped the road to sustainable development; it will be for all of us to ensure that the journey is successful and its gains irreversible.

Sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth is essential for prosperity. This will only be possible if wealth is shared and income inequality is addressed. We will work to build dynamic, sustainable, innovative and people-centred economies, promoting youth employment and women’s economic empowerment, in particular, and decent work for all

The UN will adopt policies which increase productive capacities, productivity and productive employment; financial inclusion; sustainable agriculture, pastoralist and fisheries development; sustainable industrial development; universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy services; sustainable transport systems; and quality and resilient infrastructure

Sustainable Development Goals
  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere 
  • Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture 
  • Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages 
  • Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 
  • Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls 
  • Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all 
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all 
  • Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all 
  • Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation 
  • Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries 
  • Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts* 
  • Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development 
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss 
  • Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels 
  • Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development 

 We support the implementation of relevant strategies and programmes of action, including the Istanbul Declaration and Programme of Action, the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway, the Vienna Programme of Action for Landlocked Developing Countries for the Decade 2014-2024, and reaffirm the importance of supporting the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the programme of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), all of which are integral to the new Agenda. We recognize the major challenge to the achievement of durable peace and sustainable development in countries in conflict and post-conflict situations.


 The UN recognize that middle-income countries still face significant challenges to achieve sustainable development. In order to ensure that achievements made to date are sustained, efforts to address ongoing challenges should be strengthened through the exchange of experiences, improved coordination, and better and focused support of the United Nations Development System, the international financial institutions, regional organizations and other stakeholders.
The UN encourages all member states to develop as soon as practicable ambitious national responses to the overall implementation of this Agenda. These can support the transition to the SDGs and build on existing planning instruments, such as national development and sustainable development strategies, as appropriate.'' ( The United Nations, 2015) 
 Africa’s poverty rates have continued to decline, despite the adverse effects of the recent food, fuel, and global economic crisis, says “Assessing Progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Africa”, produced annually by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).


The SDGs, along with their targets (as well as indicators to be developed in 2016) will be binding on member states of the United Nations. It is governments' acknowledgement that the levels of poverty, environmental degradation and climate change as well as inequality of various dimensions, among others, are unacceptable and must be tackled as a matter of urgency in concerted global and national efforts. The SDGs in many tackle the "unfinished business" of the MDGs, in addition to new issues in development.
As heads of state adopt the resolution on the SDGs, state governments implicitly agree to prioritise the SDGs in their national development agenda and to participate in the regular monitoring of progress. They also undertake to invest in the areas of intervention, including statistical development, to ensure their full participation and effectiveness in the monitoring systems, both national and internationally -All-Africa.com


“Africa is the most rapidly urbanizing region of the world,” said the Secretary-General. “Two-thirds of Africa`s projected total population of 2.5 billion people will require urban services by 2063. And Africa needs to be ready,” Ban Ki-moon urged African Presidents who attended seminar themed Africa's urban Agenda  few hours into the UN 2015 Summit in New York.

''This is a task that should have been accomplished decades ago. Now that it has fallen on our shoulders to discharge this responsibility, we should do so with the enthusiasm and commitment that is worthy of the cause.
“We must adopt targeted interventions at both policy and practical levels, to address extreme poverty and combat illiteracy, hunger and diseases. We must create viable partnerships that bring together national, regional and global actors with shared objectives to carry this forward.
“We must also create the enabling environments for executing this global agenda, by developing the relevant frameworks for working with different types of partners and constituencies that recognize the contributions of civil society, religious and cultural bodies, private sector, academia and most importantly, governments.
“Just as the relative success of the MDGs was underpinned by national ownership, the Post-2015 and the SDGs frameworks must also be guided by national priorities and ownership. Domestic resource mobilization supplemented by improved terms of trade between industrial and developing economies should drive the implementation processes in both streams. The facilitation of remittances by migrant and overseas workers, as well as efficient tax collection are needed as complimentary sources of financing for development.”
Buhari said Nigeria was proud to have availed her services to the United Nations in co-chairing the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing, whose work contributed in no small measure to the expansion of financing for development strategies.''.

Source: United Nations


@NBrisin for Nigeria will provide reliable data base for achieving healthier life, better future targeted by Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria, says @tony_uwa Dr Anthony Uwa, Head of BRISIN Implementation Committee. Watch the director of @UNFPA @BabatundeUNFPA tells us how #GlobalGoals can help sustaining that future: Watch it here:  http://t.co/sSwwJUM8dt



 Lashley Oladigbolu, an accredited Journalist for World Bank Online Media Briefing Centre and the United Kingdom Representative for BRISIN is an Acting President for a NUJ Europe contributed to this report.

Credit: The UN/Nigeria

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