The Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) has ended a day-long Sustainable Development Goal and Africa 2063 public awareness in Harper City, Maryland County.
The campaign brought together students, representatives from the Federation of Liberian Youth, Maryland Youth Association, women groups, local officials and the media.
The SDGs was developed by members of the United Nations in September 2015 with 17 goals, 169 targets, and 230 indicators.
According to the Director for Plan Development and Coordination at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning P. Morris Kromah, the essence of the public awareness is to talk to citizens on global development and continental development framework, the African Union, the Agenda 2063 and to inter-spice and domesticate it with the country national plan.
He says Liberia being in a transitional period, is critical as the country goes to democratic elections, the Ministry is interested in knowing how citizens are thinking about the Sustainable Development Goals.
The MFDP Director continues that the national vision 2030 is a global issue that is intended to make sure Liberia and other countries get income status as they make interventions into their respective national processes in achieving long-term agenda.
However, he notes that there have been complaints of women being marginalized, lack of roads, services not reaching to the people as well as bad roads in the southeastern region coupled with inadequate healthcare services, adding that this is giving them an idea about what the people are thinking about.
As part of the ministry achievement, Director Kromah says complaint or recommendations from citizens will be placed into a framework and pass on to the next government as a means of informing the next administration what the people want.He continues that the MFDP will do a fragility plan and look at all of the issues that could affect the implementation of the next plan.
He adds that information coming from all 15 counties of the country will be placed in a concept and the ministry depends strongly on its officers deployed in the counties to provide information to headquarters on the developmental initiatives by non-governmental and governmental organizations.
In an interview with The New Dawn on Thursday, 15 June in Harper, Miss Glorious Harris, a 12th grader at Jireh Solid Foundation School, lauded the MFDP for the educative awareness and promised that the information gathered will be taken to her colleagues both on campus and
in her community.
Miss Harris is however calling on the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning to continue the exercise to give Liberians an insight of what United Nations member countries are thinking about the globe by 2063 in order to attract full participation.
By George K. Momo/ Maryland-Editing by Jonathan Browne