The private sector remains a crucial sector with countless opportunities to drive the course of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their associated targets in Nigeria. The private sector has a huge contribution to make to the implementation of the SDGs through commitment to seeking shared value and environmentally sustainable ways of operating.
This was the view of the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations system in Nigeria, Ms Fatma Samoura, at the private sector engagement on the SDGs titled, Sustainable Industrial Development in Nigeria organised by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos and the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), an Agency of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology.
Delivering the keynote address at the private sector engagement on the SDGs, Ms Samoura explained that achieving the new SDGs in Nigeria will be near impossible without the active involvement of the private sector. The private sector, she continued, should also start scaling up its efforts to end poverty, to protect the environment and save planet Earth.
“We know, many of you in business are increasingly joining the fight to deliver progress in Nigeria but we need to collectively redouble our efforts and commit more for Agenda 2030,” the Resident Coordinator added.
Speaking, the Senior Special Adviser to the President on SDGs, Hon (Mrs) Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire represented by the Secretary Programmes, Mr Ochopa Ogenyi, reiterated the importance of the private sector to sustainable development and noted that the Federal Government of Nigeria would work with partners to ensure the success of the SDGs in the country.
According to her, the SDGs is a robust 15-year global development framework to which national development priorities of Nigeria and countries around the world would be aligned.
In an 11-point communique issued at the end of the workshop attended by over 300 members of the Organised Private Sector (OPS), participants recommended a continuous dialogue amongst relevant agencies in the public and the private sector of the economy in order to hasten and sustain industrial development in Nigeria.
The workshop also requested that UNIC Lagos should facilitate the setting up of a United Nations-Private sector consultative committee to study, identify and integrate opportunities from the SDGs and the mechanics of mainstreaming them into the operations of the Organised Private Sector.