The federal government called for a partnership with the private sector to create innovative technology hubs that would help the country meet the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
The Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, made the call yesterday during the United Nations roundtable on the SDGs on the creation of SDG innovation hubs in the six zones geopolitics of the country, held in Abuja.
The minister said securing private sector engagement in building innovation hubs is key to alleviating the structural challenges faced by subnational SDG offices in innovating pathways to accelerated progress.
He said: âNigeria has a huge implementation context for Agenda 2030 – a large population, landmass and ethnic diversity. To achieve the SDGs and propel their effective implementation, it is important to establish the innovation hubs of the SDGs at subnational levels of government. The hubs will serve as an innovative approach to address some of the development challenges most relevant to each geopolitical context. “
Agba also said that the recent approval of the National Development Plan 2021-2025 by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at its meeting on November 10, 2021, paved the way for the country’s transformation, as the plan has a strong component. protection and aims to lift 34 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2025 and 100 million Nigerians out of poverty within 10 years.
The Office of the President’s Senior Special Assistant on SDGs, organizers of the event, noted that the SDGs will ensure the effective implementation of social protection policy as a universal call to end poverty, to protect the planet and to ensure peace and prosperity for all. by 2030.
United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Deputy Resident Representative Lealem Dinku said the initiative would give state and non-state actors the opportunity to collaborate with each other, to check on progress since the adoption of the SDG targets in 2015, and on the other hand to ensure that the SDGs are accelerated by states, made redundant by private sectors and CSOs, government creating an enabling environment for innovators.
Represented by Clare Henshaw, Dinku said, âWe are proud to work with other states, with a regional perspective to implement innovative programs and projects to have commendable impact in our respective states and areas. “