ABUJA, 19 August 2014 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in partnership with the Government of Nigeria and other stakeholders, hosted a session at the Presidential summit on the theme, ‘MDGs and the socio-economic transformation of Nigeria: 2015 and Beyond’. The summit reviewed implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Nigeria, highlighting best practices, key achievements and the contribution of the development agenda.
The UNIDO session, attended by government officials, and representatives of the private sector and development agencies, focused on the significance of inclusive growth, job creation and human capital development as catalysts for sustainable and equitable economic growth in Nigeria.
In his opening remarks, Osi Iloh, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, highlighted the need for industries, institutional policies, infrastructure, and skills development as drivers of economic prosperity. He said that for development to be sustainable “the benefits of economic growth need to be shared equitably amongst men, women and youth by providing decent employment opportunities to all”.
Okpe Adejoh, representing the national secretariat of the Manufacturing Association of Nigeria, underlined the relevance of industrial development as an effective strategy for inclusive growth and wealth creation. He also stressed the need to reinforce the role of industrial development in the post-2015 development agenda, stating that no economy can survive without industrialization.
These views were echoed by Patrick Kormawa, UNIDO’s representative in Nigeria and West Africa, who commended the Nigerian government on steps being taken to drive inclusive and sustainable industrial development with the Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan and the National Enterprise Development Programme.
The Presidential summit, which took place from 18-19 August at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, was attended by representatives of youth and women’s organizations, private sector entities, the government, civil society organisations, international development partners, trade unions, academia and the media.