Science, technology drivers to sustainable development – IT expert

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Ogbonnaya Onu

SAHEED Balogun, Chief Executive Officer, Kara.com.ng Ltd. on Tuesday said science and technology had direct and indirect impact on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as outlined by the United Nations.

Balogun made this known in Lagos during the Science Association of Nigeria (SAN) 52nd annual conference tagged: “Science and Technology in an Emerging Smart City and Sustainable Development”.

According to him, good health, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy and all the items in SDGs are pronounced in their relationship with science and technology.

He said the effect of technology in achieving sustainable development on good health and wellbeing had to do with access to information about patients’ medical records and history.

Balogun said a wearable device could report the blood pressure and pulse of a patient on admission or at home.

“There is a smart ambulance that allows the nearest free ambulance to be available at accident spots and emergencies.

“Monitoring of water sources, tanks, ground water, rivers and treatment plants allows for quick detection of pollutant via sensors.

“Test can also be as basic as pit level reported electronically.”

The CEO said by 2030 there should be access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport system to all, notably by expanding public transport.

The expert said the roadmap of emerging smart cities was to develop the interest across all fields of science and humanity and view it as better way to solve problems.

He emphasised the need to engage youths in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and established the concept of big data sciences as basis for information in all degree courses.

He, however, advised that there should be a collaborative effort among all the stakeholders and adequate funding to achieve the sustainable development and smart city. (NAN)

– Apr. 17, 2018 @ 18:15 GMT

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