The Nigerian Minister for Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami is set to keynote the maiden edition of the Sustainable Development Goal Summit of the youth wing of the Nasrul-Lahi-L-Fatih Society, NASFAT, an Islamic organization with membership spread worldwide. Dr. Pantami would be speaking on Young People’s Role in Driving Digital Trends towards Achieving the SDGs. This was made known in a press release signed by the Youth Secretary, Kabir Raji in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to the release, the Summit, which draws its theme from the United Nations’ chosen theme of Factivism, is put together to mark the 5 years of the introduction of the Global Goals, highlight the roles of youths across different faiths in the successful implementation of the global goals and provide an opportunity to get youths informed about the SDGs and their roles in the achievement of the goals. Raji said “In playing our role in the successful journey of the SDGs to 2030, the youth of Nasrul-Lahi-L-Fatih society came together to organize the maiden summit. Going with the pledge to “Leave No One Behind” we have decided to take a leading role in the awareness and involvement of young people in achieving the SDGs and the summit which is tagged “FACTIVISM” gives us an opportunity to be well informed about the Sustainable development goals and our roles in achieving these goals.”
The release stated that the UN theme was keyed into as it helps the people to know how not to just be champions of the SDGs but champions that are armed with true facts and that would keep people well informed and prepared for the journey ahead. The release highlighted how NASFAT has been on the forefront of playing her role in achieving the SDGs focusing on 6 of the 17 goals through the H.E.L.D (Health, Education, Livelihood and Dawah) programme. Thus, the summit is another way of promoting youth involvement in creating awareness, driving implementation and accelerating the achievement of the goals through the youth power.
The summit, which is meant to serve as a clarion call to everyone who wishes to play a role in accelerating the achievement of the goals’ concrete targets, has a line up of speakers and insightful topics on volunteering opportunities and social entrepreneurship. Other speakers include Hammed Kayode Alabi, Sarah Anlade Dantosho, Aderinsola Adio-Adepoju and Ismail Sogbade. The programme will hold on Saturday 26 September, 2020.