L-R: Chief Operating Officer, African Human Development Plus, Mr Sheka Bangura, Head of Service, Lagos State, Mr. Bode Agoro, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on SDGs, Mr. Gbolahan Ogunleye, and the Permanent Secretary, Office Sustainable Development Goals, Mrs. Tolani Oshodi

The Lagos State Office of Sustainable Development Goals in collaboration with the African Human Capital Development Plus has held a 2-day Advocacy Workshop on Human Capital Development for stakeholders in Lagos State.

Speaking at the event held at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, the Head of Service, Mr. Bode Agoro explained that a key emerging priority of the administration in recent years is the alignment of policies and initiatives to inspire collective effort in solving emerging problems as the government is working across different sectors to advance good governance.

Agoro who described the 2-Day Workshop as very critical towards strengthening the State’s HCD policies and fostering greater engagement with citizens, revealed the state’s efforts towards connecting diverse stakeholders, including development advocates and policymakers will advance the Agenda of human capital development.

Lagos is one of the most suitable places in Africa where human capital development can be explored in its entirety. As a home to one of the most dynamic and multicultural populace in the world with a value-based commercial and enterprising economy, the city represents an ideal setting for policymakers to examine the challenges and opportunities associated with human capital development on the continent”, he acknowledged.

Highlighting government interventions in the three thematic areas which are Education; Health and Nutrition; and, Labour Force Participation, in relation to this administration’s THEMES Plus Agenda, Agoro confirmed that the administration’s investment in the education sector remains paramount as all indices have shown some positive attributes that are catalyzing growth and development in the sector.

“The scale of Government investments in the health sector is designed to create new frontiers for health emergencies and promote greater inclusion by broadening access to healthcare, especially among under-served populations”, he said.

He affirmed that towards driving the labour force agenda, government has continued to pursue an enterprising society through a symbiotic public-private strategy by creating an ambience for our high workforce population to excel in all human endeavors.