Partnership with the private sector to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria
BY TIMOTHY S. AIKOR Ph.D. –
“Businesses are an essential partner in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Businesses can contribute through their core businesses, and we ask businesses around the world to assess their impact, set ambitions, goals, and transparently communicate results ”- Ban Ki Moon (Former Secretary General of United Nations).
As part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which contains 17 goals, 169 targets and 230 key performance indicators, it has been envisioned that the SDGs will have an economically sustainable, socially inclusive and sustainable present and future. eco-friendly. resilient. All goals ranging from the universal call to end poverty, goals related to the health, education, water, gender, social economy and security sectors to global partnerships cannot be achieved by autonomous government policies.
To this extent, I call on local, state and federal governments to be very strategic in 2022 and beyond to involve SME owners / the private sector and even the informal sector of the economy as catalysts and ultimate beneficiaries. inclusive and sustainable development programs.
They should raise awareness and strengthen the capacities of SMEs in this regard. This way we can benefit from; Creativity, innovation, SME partnership agenda, achieve business-led solutions, strengthen SME partnerships with development partners in particular, UN systems and generally help translate global goals into business local.
This can be achieved through strategic planning; hosting and sponsoring awareness workshops, capacity building through training and a sustainable mentoring program, among others.
- Dr Timothy Aikor, Senior Lecturer, Department of Supply Chain Management, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, is a former Benue State Government Special Advisor on the MDGs.