The Federal Government says the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic across the world had challenged the prospects of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire stated this at Lafarge Africa Sustainability Webinar series with the themed “The Decade of Action: Advancing the SDGs in a Post Pandemic Era”.

Orelope-Adefulire, in a keynote address, explained that the socio-economic uncertainties and disruptions of the pandemic came at a substantial cost to the Nigerian economy which was largely dependent on oil and gas revenues.

She was represented by the Senior Technical Advisor Bala Yusuf said COVID-19 had revealed the vulnerability of healthcare systems in developing countries, noting that ‘Decade of Action’ means 10 more years of active implementation of the global goals by all the stakeholders.