By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
African leaders have been tasked to offer good governance in order to achieve sustainable development goals in Africa.
This was the position of discussants during this year’s Sustainable Development Stakeholders International Conference held in Ibadan.
The Conference jointly put in place by Shafaudeen In Islam Worldwide in collaboration with Centre for Religious Cooperation and Tolerance has as its theme “Achieving Sustainable Development Goal In Africa And Nigeria: The Five Road Maps”
Stakeholders from the nation’s ivory towers, religious leaders, captains of industries and others spoke on diverse topics on politics, economy and environment among others included Professor Sabit Ariyo Olagoke JP Executive Director Centre for Religious Tolerance Cooperation and Tolerance, Professor A.O.Adeokun of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Professor Olukayode Idowu and Alhaji Abiola Alli.
Others include Dr. Robinson Omotayo, Mr. Ayodele Folami who represented the state Resident Electoral Commissioner Bar. Mutiu Agboke, Dr.Ibraheem Adediran and top religious leaders.
Professor Olagoke in his brief keynote address recommended that “every government including Nigeria must offer good governance that will satisfy the needs for the present population without compromising or endangering the possibilities of future generation to satisfy their needs.
The Justice of Peace who has an uncompromising passion for youths added:” for ease of implementation, the youth must be carried along to be responsible to raise awareness, develop empathy, and solidarity, embrace global best practices to be adapted for local needs as well as motivating other youth to take action “.
Olagoke who was previously the Dean, School of Engineering, Federal
Polytechnic, Ilaro in Ogun State, commended the discussants who submitted papers during the conference and assured that the papers would be produced as a textbook.
Mr. Folami who represented the state REC hinted that the commission did not stop in its efforts to ensure that democracy thrives in Nigeria and Oyo state in particular.
The INEC Deputy Director who is also the spokesman of the commission in the state urged the electorate to resist the temptation of being bribed to vote against their conscience adding that the last election in the state was
impressive as the commission won in all 32 cases filed against it
Mr. Alli of Impact Business School called on States and Federal governments to address the problems of unemployment which have led to the growing incidents of crime and criminality in the country
He recommended that Lawmakers should be made to sit on part time basis in order to save the cost of governance and make politics less attractive.