The Special Adviser to Governor Ganduje on Sustainable Development Goals, Habibi Yahaya Hotoro, has been nominated North West Zonal Coordinator, Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs).
By Abdulyassar Abdhamid
SDGs nominates Ganduje’s SA North West Zonal Coordinator
This was disclosed via a press statement signed by the governor’s chief press secretary, Malam Abba Anwar, on Friday.
According to the statement, a letter referenced SDGs/PMC/19/068 and signed by Mrs J. Adebimpe Aor, the Co-Chairman of Projects Management Committee (PMC) and Dr M. A. Ibrahim min, National Coordinator Nigeria-Sustainable Development Goals (NG-SDGs), formally communicated new responsibility to the nominee.
The letter reads in part: “We have the honour to formally inform you that the Projects Management Committee (PMC) has unanimously endorsed your nomination as Zonal Co-ordinator, North West Zone (Jigawa, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States) to further enhance effective mobilization, vital contacts, co-ordination and follow-ups.”
The statement further attributed the nomination to his position as the Special Adviser to the Governor of Kano State on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and his immense contributions to SDGs thematic areas.
The nomination, the statement added, was diligently and efficiently assessed before it was finally approved. That also was sequel to a recent meeting between SDGs Focal Persons from the 36 States of the federation, Federal Capital, Abuja (FCT) and the Presidency, Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs and Programme Management Committee (OSSAP-SDGs/PMC).
The letter added: “Kindly accept PMC’s esteemed regards and congratulations, for this important national assignment.”
The statement added: “It is expected that his newly assigned position would give him more courage to ensure the successful planning and hosting of the proposed Senior Executive Conference on Next-Level Agenda and SDGs 2030. As well as the Presidential Banquet Dinner in honour of critical stakeholders of the UN SDGs.”
Hotoro has Masters in Law and is currently pursuing PhD programme. With his years of experience nationally and beyond, it is believed that Governor Ganduje saw in him (Hotoro) wealth of experience and expertise, which informed his elevation from Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on SDGs to a Special Adviser status.
In three weeks of his appointment as SSA on SDGs, Hotoro held several preliminary meetings with some notable Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Donor Agencies, as he intimated some preliminary engagements with some relevant governmental agencies to have Zonal branches in Kano, all in line with SDGs mandate.
Some of the Donor Agencies he communicated with include UNICEF, DFID, British Council, Dangote Foundation, BUA, among others.