We had a robust round-table meeting with the Lagos State Government through the Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment (Lagos Global),
we had a robust round-table meeting with the Lagos State Government through the Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment (Lagos Global), and had in attendance the Special Adviser to the Governor of Lagos State, Professor Ademola Abass, The Permanent Secretary to the Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment (Lagos Global), Mrs Arinola Odulana, the Executive Director of the Convening organisation, Centre for Global Solutions and Sustainable Development(CENGSSUD) Mr Adebowale Adeniyi, our Development partners, Abimbola Junaid, Executive Director Arise Nigerian Woman, Mr Toyin Osanuwa, Executive Director, Nature Cares and Resource Centre, Dr Mrs, Keziah Awosika, the Executive Director Women, Law and Development Centre Nigeria, and Miss Itohan Abara-Laserian our Media Partner form News Agency of Nigeria.
The meeting lasted for two hours, as we tabled-down the sustainable development goals, analysed them in a holistic capacity and brainstormed on the best approaches to domesticate and propose means of implementation and lastly, we made policy suggestions to create enabling business environment in Lagos State, attract foreign Direct Investments (FDI), improve economic growth, address unemployment issues, create infrastructural facilities, and embrace an inclusive, sustainable, just and Peaceful Lagos.
We also identified that the private sector has a recognized role in achieving the global goals and analysed the complex process of social and economic development. For example, Goal 8 (“decent work and economic growth”) emphasizes job creation, entrepreneurship, innovation, and small-and medium-sized enterprises. Goal 9 focuses on building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and fostering innovation—all tasks in which business and entrepreneurs are essential. Goal 17 (“partnerships for the goals”) encourages and promotes “effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships,” which are critical to commercial success and economic development in emerging markets, especially in Lagos.
The Special Adviser, Professor Ademola Abass, thanked us for this great move in moving Lagos State to the next Level and also reiterate the commitment of the Lagos State Government in mainstreaming and work on the implementation of the SDGs, he said “If Lagos State buys and key into this, other state will take a cue, that they have to lead by example to other state in showing to the world that Lagos State is in support of the Global Agenda.
He also reiterate the commitment to partner with us in collaborative capacity in other to develop policies that will bring about a prosperous Lagos, an economic viable Lagos, a peaceful Lagos, an inclusive Lagos, a Just Lagos and a Sustainable Lagos.
We thank the Lagos State Government, the Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment, the Special Adviser Professor Ademola Abass, the Parmanent Secretary, Mrs Arinola Odusanya for giving us two good hours out of their busy schedule, our development Partners Abimbola Junaid, Dr Mrs Awosika, Mr Toyin Oshaniwa, and News Agency of Nigeria ably represented by Itohan Abara-Laserian. For the partnerships, commitment to move the society forward and support the SDGs actualization.