Wife of Ondo State Governor, and founder of Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu Foundation (BAAF)Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has called on public and private sectors, and civil societies in Nigeria, to work cohesively in order to achieve progress towards the SDGs by exploring the vast potentials of Big Data analytics.

Mrs Akeredolu made this call at the ongoing 4-day 4th TYAN International Thematic Workshop and 1st African Symposium, holding at Heritage Continental Resort Hotel, Ijapo Estate, Akure.

Speaking on the topic: “A review of big data analytics for sustainable development -women and girls’ well-being in focus,” the Ondo state first lady, who was represented by BAAF’s Chief Operating Officer, Mr Austin Otabor, appraised Nigeria’s performance during the MDG era and revealed that unavailability of accurate, reliable and inclusive data, and ineffective national systems of monitoring and evaluation were the major bottlenecks to achieving the millennium development goals (MDGs) era.

In the research-based presentation, Mr Otabor assessed the situation of SDGs progress in Nigeria, and spoke extensively on why and how Big Data can be harnessed responsibly to accelerate all-inclusive sustainable development in the country, using as case study the Accelerated Birth Registration plus (ABR+) program initiated by Ondo state first lady in which over 100% increase in registration of births was recorded during the pilot exercise in Ifedore local government area of Ondo state.

Big data analytics, a multi-disciplinary subject, is the application of advanced analytic techniques to very big data sets in order to get insight, optimize processes or systems. The UN SDGs are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all, and they address the global challenges relating to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.

Highlights of the event were Keynote, Plenary, oral presentations, Posters, Panel discussions and Exhibitions by participants and invitees.

The event, hosted by the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria in partnership with TWAS Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partner (TWAS-SAREP), the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) Ondo State Chapter and Nigerian Young Academy (NYA), was well attended by Senior and Young scientists from TYAN, Nigeria, and the African region, including international experts who presented specific aspects of their work according to the thematic areas, among others.