Blamo Nimle, the Executive Director of Sustainable development Network Liberia, has called for collaborative efforts between the Liberian government, partners and the civil society organizations (CSOs) for the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the betterment of the country.
He made the call recently at a program marking the one day Social Good Summit held at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Monrovia.
The program was intended to educate the media and the citizenry on the significance of the SDGs with key focus on Goal 17-target eight of the SDG Goals, which calls for operationalization of the technology bank and science, technology and innovation capacity building mechanism for least developed countries by 2017 and enhancing the use of enabling technology, and in particular information and communication technology.
Mr. Nimle frowned on the invited officials who were asked to discuss how technology can foster creative connections and new ideas to improve life for Liberian youths and students; but unfortunately, none of them attended the program.
Nimle said in order for Liberia to successfully implement the SDGs, there must be dialogue between government officials and CSOs to clearly show the standpoint of the government in tackling the issues.
“It is very disappointing that all officials of government invited including the Minister of Post and Telecommunications, Federation of Liberian Youths, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Finance Ministry among others did not show up to discuss the issues.
“We are not deterred by the absence of the government officials; however, we will make follow up on those officials on how the over US$4 million was spent on technology in Liberia and yet Liberians are not benefiting from the project,” Nimley said.