In its pledge to leave no one behind in the quest to achieve the SDGs, the Brain Builders International (BBI) in its “Localizing the SDGs” programme has shown commitment to be driven by inclusivity.
On the 29th of February 2020, members of the BBI paid a visit to the Joint Association of People with Disabilities.
There is no doubt that many stakeholders championing the Sustainable Development Goals have focused mainly on those that are considered ‘physically fit’ while ignoring these important members of the society.
BBI identified this gap and vowed to bridge it by bringing members of this community on board by engaging them and ensuring that their voice is not only heard but they are actively involved in the advocacy.
The BBI Community Engagement Officer, Mr Habeeb Dayo and Mr. Lawal, Kwara State SDGs Coordinator, reiterated this when speaking to the members of the group. Some of the Goals identified which they can actively engage include: Goals 1,2,3,4,11,16 and 17. Although the lack of inclusiveness and low level of awareness is a major limitation to the actualisation of the goals in Nigeria.
In response to a question by members of the group concerning the scope of BBI’s advocacy, the delegates informed them that the advocacy covers all 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria cutting across different demographics.
In the words of the Publicity Secretary and Chairman Physical Disability, he commended the efforts of BBI and lamented the lack of inclusiveness which has hindered members of the association from joining their voices in the fight for justice and selfless service.
The group recommended that they have delegates among the BBI team who can represent their interest and also ensure they are not left behind in the scheme of things. This recommendation was warmly welcomed and the Association nominated 2 delegates to represent them. They are Mr Bash, the chairman of the Joint Association of People with Disabilities and Mr Araoye, the Publicity Secretary and Chairman, Physical Disability.
As the SDG 17 states, collaboration is crucial to the actualisation of the SDGs. The BBI team assured members of the Joint Association of People with Disabilities of the organisation’s commitment to embracing people with disabilities and maintaining inclusiveness. The team thanked members of the Joint Association of people with disabilities for hosting them and promised to reach out again in their quest to leave no one behind.
This visit comes on the back of a visit to the Council of Ulama’ah (Head of Religious Institution) last month where the BBI team also got the support and approval of the Council in its advocacy for the SDGs and other activities.