SSA seeks support for implementation of SDGs

Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire

Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to achieve the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Nigerians have been called upon to join hands with government to make the country a better place for everyone.

In attaining this, the Senior Special Adviser to the President Buhari on Sustainable Development Goals, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, said will create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive as well as guaranteeing smooth and bright future for the younger generation.

The Presidential adviser, who stated this during the 2017 Sera’s CSR Africa awards over the weekend in Lagos, spoke on the theme:
“Transformational Sustainability: From Social Responsibility to Social Impact”.

According to her, “Our responsibility as country and people of Nigeria is to join hands together to ensure that we give back to our community and that we impact in the lives of our people, to be our brother’s keeper as well as making sure we know what the government is doing to the development of the country.

“The office of the SDGs has started implementation and coordination of Nigeria’s MDGs by mobilizing the private sector and the private sector advisory group. We welcome other private sectors to join us to ensure that we promote and coordinate the SDGs. SDG is about good, peace, prosperity and transforming our world to make it a better place,” she said.

At the ceremony, the Chief Executive Officer of Access bank, Herbert Wigwe was presented the 2017 seras award for sustainability champions award by the SSA to President on SDGs, Shell won the best company in affordable and clean energy, Coca cola was awarded the best company in promotion of gender equation and also best company in production of clean water and sanitation.

Other awardees include, Sahara energy as the best company in eradicating hunger while first bank won best company in infrastructure, among others.

The convener of the awards ceremony, Ken Egbas said that the Seras award which is in its 11th edition, was aimed to lead the drive towards the actualization of the sustainable development goals in Africa by enabling a platform that promotes, measures and harmonises the contribution of the private sector , government/public sector and non-governmental organisations to attain set developmental targets.

Emphasizing on the theme of the event, Egbas said that there is no future for business if the future for the business is not made.

According to him, smart companies seize competitive advantage through strategic management of environment challenges.

He said: “In Nigeria and the rest of Africa, these challenges represent an opportunity to drive innovative solutions that deal with the problems of the society. As true partners, NGOs can help organisations track what’s coming over the horizon and how the brand is perceived.”

The former Governor of Cross Rivers state, Liyel Imoke said it is time to recognise regulatory framework, as having an in-frame work is critical in defining CSR.

He said for government to improve on CSR delivery, sustainability must be key as CSR must be able to deliver a positive and visible outcome, incorporate inclusive partnership that sustains inclusiveness.



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