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Lagos to host women football tournament for SDGs

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has again promised to support activities and programmes aimed at empowering women and girls to eradicate poverty in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.

The Governor renewed the promise when he received members of an NGO, 17 Goals Africa Initiative led by one of the Board members and renowned Thespian, Ms Joke Silva at the Lagos House, Marina.

Governor Sanwo-Olu who was joined by the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on SDG, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire and some members of his cabinet was presented with a branded football and informed about activities lined up for the Nigerian edition of the Global Goals World Cup, a football tournament in which women and adolescent girls show their support and commitment to the implementation of the UN SDGs

Ms Joke Silva explained that the tournament, where sports meets activism, has already been held in many parts of the World and Africa, including Kenya and Uganda and revealed that the Nigerian edition would be kick-started in Lagos in May.

In her remarks, the SSA to the President, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire who commended those behind the initiative and the Lagos State Government for supporting them said such actions would create jobs for many youths and enable the Country to achieve the SDGs

The Special Adviser to Governor Sanwo-Olu on SDG, Mrs. Sholape Hammond, pointed out that the Governor’s willingness to receive and support the SDG tournament was another indication of his adminstration’s commitment towards achieving the SDGs and its readiness to improve the lot of women and girls.

Mrs Hammond said the Global Goals World cup would enable women to actively tackle some of the challenges identified in the SDGs head-on.

256 players in 32 teams would play each other for four weekends showcasing each of the 17 sustainable development goals on the field of play and the winning team would then represent Nigeria at this year’s United Nations General Assembly.

Omolara Omosanya

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