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Digital transformation: a conceptual framing for attaining Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 9 in Nigeria

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 September 2021

Daniel E. Ufua*
Department of Business Management, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria Centre for Economic Policy and Development Research (CEPDeR), Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria Honorary Research Fellow, ILMA University, Karachi, Pakistan
Emmanuel T. Emielu
Department of Business Management, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria
Olusola J. Olujobi
Department of Public and International Law, Faculty of Law, Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Nigeria
Faraz Lakhani
Department of Business Administration, ILMA University, Karachi, Pakistan
Taiye T. Borishade
Department of Business Management, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria
Ayodotun S. Ibidunni
Department of Business Management, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria Centre for Economic Policy and Development Research (CEPDeR), Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria
Evans S. Osabuohien
Centre for Economic Policy and Development Research (CEPDeR), Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria Department of Economics and Development Studies, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria Regional Centre of Expertise, Ogun (RCE Ogun), Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria
*Corresponding author. E-mail:


This study explores the potentials of digital transformation for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with emphasis on SDG 4 and SDG 9 in Nigeria. The study adopts a conceptual approach, reviewing existing literature to explore the topic from various views of authors on the issue. It focuses on the contextual factors such as stakeholder input to the process of the implementation of digitalisation and SDGs 4 and 9 which focuses on educational development at all levels, industrial collaborations and improvements, respectively. The results indicate that digital transformation potentially enhances the attainment of SDGs 4 and 9, but this is mediated by the level of stakeholder commitment and e-governance performance. Part of the recommendation is the adoption of a multi-disciplinary approach to development-oriented digital transformation interventions for SDGs 4 and 9 in Nigeria, through a process of effective stakeholder engagement and transparent institutional signalling. The study draws research attention to the use of digital transformation for social development, especially in a developing economy such as Nigeria, to enhance the compendium of knowledge in the implementation of digital approach to the attainment of SDGs 4 and 9. It is also suggested for the government institutions to take further responsibility to provide a fair platform for the implementation of digital transformation and the attainment of SDGs 4 and 9 in Nigeria.

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