Innovation is needed to mobilize Stakeholder, inter-generational resources, encourage collaboration as well as competence which will inversely accelerate the impact of interventions across the border, hence, achieve the sustainable development goals has been reiterated by stakeholders at a recently held high-level UN General Assembly [UNGA] side event in New york, USA.
The stakeholders’ meeting which was organized by HACEY Health Initiative in partnership with Access Bank Plc, Ondo State Government and Tech4Dev had in attendance business executives, corporate health managers, along with technical experts, government officials and program implementers at the Nigeria House, 828 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10017, USA with the sole aim of deliberating on opportunities that will accelerate impact of development in Nigeria through investment in technology-driven solutions.
With the theme, “Human Capital Development and Investments through technology; a case study of Ondo State, Nigeria”
each sector was able to lay bare practical steps they have been able to take in order to address issues around achieving sustainable development goals through strategic investment.
While delivering her keynote address tagged, ‘Investment in People: Key to Achieving Sustainable Development Goals’, the Head of Sustainability at Access Bank Plc, Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan noted that to reduce poverty and inequalities, the country as well as all major key stakeholders need to accelerate inclusive growth and also prioritize strategic investments to achieve demographic transition (lower fertility and mortality), while also reducing the dependency ratio through investments in health, education, employment and empowerment of young people.
In her words, she said, “for Access Bank, a leading Nigerian institution, sustainability has always been a fundamental part of our business model. We focus on creating real value through the careful implementation of our sustainability agenda and have incorporated this into every aspect of our business operations and relationships.
“At Access Bank, we believe that the wealth and strength of any nation are dependent on the level of investment in people. This assertion leaves Nigeria at disequilibrium of either harnessing the strength of its youth and women population by empowering them for the future or leaving them to seek survival by any means. While the government appears to be making some efforts, the private sector that needs the women and youth for productivity cannot afford to ignore the potential.”
To wrap things up, Omobolanle however, implores members of the Private sector to strategically focus on key population groups such as women and young people with the aim of providing innovative solutions through various product offerings and business collaborations to enable them to achieve their goals