The government statistician, Professor Samuel Kobina Anim has disclosed that Ghana is unlikely to meet some 10 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets by 2030 as expected.
Presenting some key findings of the Ghana Statistical Service at the climax of the 2023 African Statistics Day celebrations, Prof. Anim called for a reflection on the findings further highlighting the need for the revision of some of the country’s targets which do not reflect the SDG target.
The 10 SDGs the GSS flags are; SDG 3.1, which has a target of reducing global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030 as data from the 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC) puts the country’s ratio at 301 deaths per 100,000 deaths, a figure more the 4 times the global target, SDG 5.2, which seeks to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, SDG 4.1, which seeks to ensure all boys and girls complete secondary school, SDG 4.5, ensuring equal education access to all children including those with special needs and SDG 2.0, which seeks to end all forms of malnutrition and by 2025 reduce significantly, stunting and wastage amongst children age 5 and below.
The others are; SDG 8.6 which aimed to reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training, Ghana currently having one out of every 5 youth in this category, SDG 1.2, on reducing at least half the number of people living in poverty, SDG 6.2, on access to equitable sanitation and hygiene, SDG 10.1, on sustaining income growth of the bottom 40% of the population to a rate higher than the national average and SDG 8.3 that promotes decent job creation.
Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh/103.5FM/Edem Kojo