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Evaluating Nigeria’s Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): DETERMINANTS, DELIVERABLES, AND SHORTFALLS

Anuoluwapo A. Durokifa, Babatunde Moshood Abdul-Wasi
Africa’s Public Service Delivery & Performance Review | Vol 4, No 4 | a147 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/apsdpr.v4i4.147 | © 2016 Anuoluwapo A. Durokifa, Babatunde Moshood Abdul-Wasi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 January 2017 | Published: 01 December 2016

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Anuoluwapo A. Durokifa, University of Fort Hare, South Africa
Babatunde Moshood Abdul-Wasi, Lagos State University, Nigeria

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Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was implemented in 2000 ostensibly to accelerate development within its 15 years plan of action. In the credence of this notion, Nigeria was one of the early countries that adopted the rational policy. Prior to the introduction of MDG, the country had implemented diverse developmental policies which are said not to have delivered the expected dividend. Hence, no sooner, the MDGs came to an end; the impulse of another developmental goal became necessary. Sustainable development Goals (SDGs) succeeding MDGs reiterates questions such as, how well did MDGs perform in developing countries? Where the aims of the MDGs met? If MDGs struggle to achieve 8 goals, how possible will SDGs 17 goals be realized? It is in this light, that the study using secondary data evaluate the MDG era in Nigeria, how far and how well they achieved their set target. The study suggests that although MDGs era in Nigeria recorded slight progress with regards to targeted goals, it did not meet the required plausible targets. Hence, as a very effective way of achieving sustainable development, the study recommends good governance and prioritizing of goals according to the country needs.


MDGs; SDGs, Nigeria; Poverty Reduction; Good Governance


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