By Yemi Adebowale
The Governor of Abia State, Dr. Ikpeazu Okezie has appointed the young Chime Asonye as his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
A graduate of Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, Asonye before his appointment has worked as an Associate for the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on the U.N. Millennium Development Goals in Abuja. After this, he returned to the United States to pursue his Juris Doctor (Doctor of Law) Degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, which he recently completed.
Asonye loves advocating to improving the lives of Africans and currently serves as a Commissioner at the Washington D.C. Commission on African Affairs. He was also Vice President, Nigerian American Professionals Association (Chicago) and Executive Director, NaijaDC, a global network of emerging Nigerian leaders with their eyes on Africa.
Asonye’s appointment takes effect from August 1, 2015.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a proposed set of targets relating to future international development. They are to replace the Millenium Development Goals once those expire at the end of 2015. The SDGs were first formally discussed at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012 (Rio+20).
Asonye is expected to bring to bear his experience and exposure in coordinating strategic interventions by the Governor Ikpeazu administration in Abia State in ensuring the realization of the SDGs in the state.