As more young people continue to selflessly work towards the actualization of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria, the Executive Director of Pink Oak Cancer Trust, Dr. Laz Ude has urged young people to advocate for issues they are most passionate about.
Speaking in Abuja, at a recent capacity building program organized by Media for Community Change with the theme: “Maximizing the New Media for Sustainable Development”; the health physician, policy advocate and development consultant, stressed the importance of passion in advocacy and social interventions.
“Passion is really important. Advocate for issues you’re most passionate about. When you identify an issue, first, you must make accurate diagnose about the problem. Next, you should define the objectives of your intervention applying the SMART approach. Remember, for any remarkable success, you and your team must have sufficient information and apply accurate data to solve the challenge and actualize the global goals.”
Dr. Laz, who is also the producer of weekly radio program – Talk Health Naija, further advised people working around the SDGs on collaboration: “Young people should deploy the media to amplify their efforts towards actualizing the Sustainable Development Goals. Partnering with other people who share the similar passion will go a long way to help.”
The capacity building workshop trained 30 organizations on leveraging the new media and other technological tools to achieve sustainable development across various scopes of engagements.