The Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI) says all plans have been concluded to proffer actionable framework for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the construction companies.
Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of NBRRI, Prof. Danladi Slim Matawal, who disclosed this during weekend at a press briefing in Abuja noted that considering tangible contributions of construction industry to GDP, it is pertinent Nigeria leverages on the potential of built environment through United Nations SDGs.
Some reviews and implementation, according to him, will be done during 2018 conference that will have state governments, local governments, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Private sectors, Public Sectors among others in attendance.
The conference, which will begin on Tuesday and ends on Thursday with the theme: “Sustainable Development Goals and the Nigerian Construction Industry – Challenges and the Way forward”, is expected to address critical issues and challenges in construction industry.
“The key objectives of this year’s conference are to create awareness on the need to implement sustainability in construction practices, evolve new strategies and methods to embed sustainability in construction activities to suit and solve the Nigerian environment, as related to Alternative Construction Materials for Building and Road Infrastructural development, inspire key stakeholders to partner with the private sector and multilateral agencies in developing a mechanism to achieve the SDGs in construction industry.
“In particular, with tangible contribution of the construction sector to the GDP, we can leverage on the potential of the built environment through platform of the UN SDGs for Nigeria to close developmental and economic goals to complete globally,” he said.
Speaking on how the agency has been in forefront of advocacy for local contents, the DG explained that 2017 international conference explored, emphasized and promoted strategies for increased local content through the massive use of alternative and emerging construction materials.