The Lagos State Government has set a new agenda for sustainable development goals (SDGs) for collective impact, aiming to propel the state towards achieving these global benchmarks.

Speaking at a breakfast meeting organised by the Office of Sustainable Development Goals for members of High Commissions and Development Partners, at the Wheatbakers Hotel, Ikoyi, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat highlighted the need for a strategic partnership that will create opportunities for the holistic advancement of SDGs.

Emphasizing the imperative of building local resilience to solve SDGs challenges in the State, he noted that the administration has made significant strides in aligning its developmental policies with the global pursuit of SDGs through the T.H.E.M.E.S Plus Agenda.

“SDGs encompass a broad spectrum of challenges; we must build resilience to address poverty, inequality, climate change, and ensure inclusive economic growth. We must strengthen the capacity of our communities to overcome these multifaceted hurdles and achieve the overarching goals of sustainable development”, Dr. Hamzat acknowledged.

Speaking on the theme “Fostering partnership for the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Lagos State”, the Deputy Governor acknowledged the imperative of mobilizing efforts for innovative solutions and promoting a future where the ideals of sustainable development are not just aspirations, but tangible realities for the people of Lagos and, by extension, the entire global community.

“The challenges we face – whether in eradicating poverty, ensuring quality education, promoting gender equality, or combating climate change transcend national boundaries. By fostering partnerships with your commissions and engaging stakeholders at every level, we aim to leverage diverse perspectives, resources, and best practices to accelerate progress and overcome obstacles”, he submitted.

While presenting the strategic plan of the Office of SDGs, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Sustainable Development Goals, Dr. Oreoluwa Finnih, stated that in line with the visionary goals of the present administration, the office has defined 9 high-impact initiatives to achieve its mandates and take actions in 4 key priority areas to accelerate efforts for an inclusive and sustainable city.

Highlighting some of the interventions aimed at advancing the 2030 global agenda, Dr. Finnih revealed that a key strategy is to mainstream the SDG action plan across Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) by integrating SDG considerations into the core functions and decision-making processes of various government bodies, ensuring a comprehensive and coordinated approach to sustainable development.

To further accelerate progress, Dr. Finnih emphasized the implementation of the SDGs lighthouse project to expedite the attainment of SDGs in underserved communities, addressing disparities, and creating a more equitable distribution of development benefits.

Speaking further, the Special Adviser pointed out that the office plans to unlock a #240 million grant over the next 3 years for transformative projects, envisioned to address critical issues that will foster positive and lasting impacts on the lives of Lagos State residents.