Nigerian governors play "fundamental role" in shaping future

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Young women and girls carry water in Nigeria. Photo: World Bank.

Governors in Nigeria play a fundamental role in the future of the country, the region and the continent, according to the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon was speaking at a meeting with Nigerian state governors during a visit to Abuja on Sunday.

He said that although many challenges exist such as the rise of extremism and the lack of equal opportunity, he believes it is also a time of hope.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The UN chief commended all of Nigeria's leaders for the peaceful democratic transition of power which took place in April following presidential elections.

He said it sent an "important signal of hope" throughout the continent.

Ban Ki-moon also praised the agreement reached by UN Member States earlier this month on the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

It includes a new set of 17 goals, called Sustainable Development Goals, which will be formally adopted by world leaders in New York in September.  

The Secretary-General stressed that local governments will have a significant role to play in implementing these objectives.

He said the framework will have to be tailored to national circumstances to live up to its promise to be what he called an agenda "of the people, for the people, and by the people".

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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