Commitment to Sustainable Development
Sahara Group, a leading energy conglomerate, has expressed its commitment to supporting the Nigerian government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in addressing critical issues of poverty, climate change, and health challenges in the country. This commitment was made during a recent meeting chaired by Vice President Kashim Shettima, where various pressing matters including desertification, deforestation, agriculture, education, vaccination, and more were discussed.
Collaborative Efforts and Stakeholder Involvement
The meeting witnessed the participation of esteemed individuals such as Mr. Bill Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Aliko Dangote, President of Dangote Group, and Mr. Kola Adesina, Executive Director of Sahara Group, along with other stakeholders. Sahara Group expressed its intention to explore multiple avenues for collaboration and contribute its resources and expertise towards addressing these crucial challenges alongside the government and other stakeholders.
Focus on Afforestation and Agriculture
Highlighting the importance of afforestation and sustainable agriculture, Mr. Kola Adesina emphasized the need to step up the rate of afforestation and mobilize collaborative interventions that involve all stakeholders. He stressed the significance of raising awareness and changing harmful environmental practices among the population. Additionally, Adesina underscored the potential of the agriculture sector in driving sustainable economic development, citing Nigeria’s position as a major producer of crops such as cassava, yam, maize, and rice.
Furthermore, Sahara Group expressed its intention to work closely with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to combat health challenges, particularly in the areas of polio eradication and vaccination. By joining forces and leveraging collective expertise, the partnership aims to make significant strides in addressing poverty, climate change, and health-related issues, ultimately contributing to the sustainable development of Nigeria.