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Nigerian Artiste And Member Of Lagos State House Of Assembly, Desmond Elliot And Social Activists Unite To Light The Way For The Sustainable Development Goals On 24 September 2015

By Bobby Taylor
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Nigerians from all walks of life will converge in Lagos tomorrow, 24th September 2015 to light the way for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria.

Light the way is a global campaign calling on world leaders to keep their promises when they meet in New York on 25th September to adopt the sustainable development goals (SDGs). In over 100 countries of the world tens of thousands of citizens will unite in one voice to ask world leaders to light the way to a better world by 2030.

On Thursday 24th September, citizens and citizen organizations in Nigeria will gather by 4pm at the University of Lagos, Multi-Purpose Hall to call on the Buhari administration to light the way towards taking urgent action to end poverty, inequality and climate change in Nigeria. The event will highlight what the goals are and its implications for our growth as a country.

The light the way campaign featuring Desmond Elliot a celebrated actor and Lagos State House of Assembly member as the keynote speaker is hoped to inspire Nigerians to learn about the SDGs and what it means for our national development. Joining Desmond Elliot will be leading civil society actors from Save the Children, One Campaign, Nigeria Network of NGOs, Climate & Sustainable Development Network of Nigeria, BudgIT, The Future Project, Women Advocacy Research and Documentation Centre and the United Nations Millennium Campaign.

‘’We are thrilled to be observing the light the way campaign in Nigeria at an epoch making event to usher in the SDGs and build national momentum for the goals. Thanks to Action 2015 Nigeria coalition for making this happen and it will be streamed live on social media via #lighttheway, #action2015ng and SDGsng’’said ONE Campaign Country Representative Edwin Ikhuoria.

‘’The light the way event will provide Nigerians with information on the 17 goals that will transform their lives for the better by 2030. It is an opportunity for all to come behind the goals in order to make it a reality’’stated Hope Oduma from Save the Children Nigeria.

Speaking further Atayi Babs, National Network Coordinator Climate & Sustainable Development Network of Nigeria (CSDevNet) noted that ‘’Nigeria will need to light the way for Africa and indeed the rest of the developing world in taking bold and urgent actions to end poverty, inequality and climate change- we can achieve the goals by 2030’’.

‘’Thursday 24 September is a public holiday in Nigeria and an opportunity for us to light the way for the SDGs as we join the Islamic community to celebrate Sallah, at praying grounds on that day, we encourage our Muslim brothers and sisters to light the way for the SDGs through their prayers. And at 4pm we will all gather at the UNILAG multi-purpose hall to symbolically light the way for the SDGs using candles, lanterns and touch lights’’ said Oyebisi Oluseyi, National Focal Point action2015 Nigeria.