The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are at the centre of economic development for people at the grassroots will be achieved through the support of technology, analysts at the 2022 Sustainability Table Series have said.
Convener, Sustainability Table Series, Kayode Olaniyan, said there is need to leverage technology as a strategic tool and accelerator for collaboration, leapfrogging and establishing connections that support the economy.
The event, organized by Avant-Garde Innovation and Technology Services with theme: Exploring the theme: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)- Opportunities for growth in a circular economy.
In his keynote address, Vice President, GICL, Kazeem Oladepo, said: “We have become a connected world. Within Nigeria, there is over 6,000km of fibre cable infrastructure connecting people. Despite this, 32-36 million Nigerians are currently unconnected, with communities that lack telephony and data access.”
He stressed the need to create end-solutions that bring the enabling networks required to unlock the fourth industrial revolution in Nigeria as close as possible to the end users.
Buttressing the importance of these networks, he opined, “At the core of sustainability is a circular economy, and at the core of a circular economy is connectivity. Connectivity helps with preserving and replacing resources, and ensures we are not duplicating resources, assets, and infrastructure that can be shared by multiple users on an open-access basis.”
Executive Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, represented by Mr Olalekan Fatodu, the Senior Special Assistant on Sustainable Development Goals to the Governor, said the convergence of technological development and the development in infrastructure are the most viable means of achieving sustainable growth as encapsulated in the 2030 agenda.