The Federal University Birnin Kebbi (FUBK) held a Two-day National Conference on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa from Tuesday, 22nd to Wednesday, 23rd October, 2019.
The conference which is the first of its kind in the University, was organized by the Faculty of Arts, Social and Management Sciences on the theme “Sustainable Development Goals in Africa: The Journey So Far”.
In an opening remarks, Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. B.B Shehu represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kasimu Shehu said the Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. He noted that it was paramount to work towards achieving the goals by 2030. He commended the Faculty for setting the pace, calling on other faculties and departments of the University to follow suit.
Delivering his Welcome Address, the Dean Faculty of Arts, Social and Management Sciences, Prof. MM Maishanu welcomed participants to the conference and thanked the university management for the support to host the conference. He disclosed that over 200 multi-disciplinary papers were received for the conference. He maintained that the Conference provided a platform for members of the academia, government, civil society, and the private sector to discuss and share practical solutions to achieve the SDGs on the Continent.
Meanwhile, former Member of the House of Representatives, Muhammad Sani Umar Kalgo who chaired the opening ceremony applauded the organizers for the foresight in convening the event. Represented by his Personal Assistant, Muhammed Nasir Karofi, the chairman stressed the need to raise awareness on the SDGs towards achieving the set objectives.
Lead Paper presenter, Prof. Sheikh Danjumma Abubakar of the Department of Geography, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, happed on the Role of Academics and Professionals towards Achieving Sustainable Development. Represented by Dr. T.K Baba, the Lead Speaker highlighted that academics must play a central role for the success of the goals in the ecosystem.
Ag. SDGs Focal Person Kebbi State, Alh. Umar Hassan Augie highlighted that the SDGs are 17 global goals set up by the United Nations in 2015. He explained that the goals which have 169 targets, aim to bring about rapid development in the nation-states. He revealed that Kebbi State Government under its conditional grant scheme constructed and refurbished 117 primary schools and health care centres across 7 Local Governments in the State.
On his part, Sarkin Gobir of Kalgo, Alh. Haruna Jada Bashar who was the Royal Father of the Day, expressed happiness to the institution for identifying with the host community. He congratulated the university for hosting the conference, hoping that the University would continue to excel.
In appreciation, Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee, Dr. Ibrahim Dankane, thanked the participants for making it to the event. He expressed gratitude to the University management and other stakeholders whose invaluable contributions made it successful.