The Wife of Lagos State Governor, Dr.(Mrs.) Ibijoke Sanwoolu yesterday made case for youths involvement in various endeavors.
Sanwoolu made this known at the unveiling of Lagos Community Youths Development Initiatives, held at Onikan Youth center, Lagos Island. Ibijoke who was represented by the wife of Agege Local Government Chairman, Mrs Ramat Egunjobi stated that as “we must inculcate the habit of putting our youth at the forefront and have their buy-in in decision so as to take our State and Country to a Greater height”.
Her Excellency, Dr. Ibijoke Congratulated the State Chairman, LCYDI, Amb. Michael Akanni and Executive members for such initiative.
Theme of discussion: Youth As A Catalyst For Community Development.
In a welcome address by the State Chairman of the Organization, Amb. Michael Akanni, said that “The world belongs to people who are skilled and innovative. Being a graduate shouldn’t be seen as a licensed to greatness. But, being creative despite possessing different types of certificate is an advantage over unskilled co-workers”
“Develop passion for your skills, pay for capacity building from time to time, forget about social media “SWAG” go beyond it and Build yourself.”
The Goodwill message from Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, addressed the community Youth Leaders to take the opportunity offered by the forum to examine themselves with a view to imbibing the spirit of championship, hand work, creativity, and self-reliance, which are essential ingredient for social-economic development and nation building. Mr Dawodu urged the youth to take cognizance of the official Unveiling of the organization which consolidates Government effort in the implementation of policies and issues that concerns the youth.
Panelist at the forum on Thursday in Lagos called on youths to identify problems in their communities and proffer solutions, to generate wealth and create jobs.
The panelists, which included politicians, technocrats and professionals from various fields, made the call during the official unveiling of Lagos Community Youth Development Initiative (LCYDI).
A former Lagos lawmaker, Mr. Segun Olulade (Elénìyàn), one of the panelists, narrated how he became wealthy, popular and got opportunity to go into politics by picking waste free of charge from homes in his community.
Also, Chairman Albelini Nigeria LTD, Mr. Abiodun Oshinibosi charges youths to challenge selves for success.
Olulade challenged youths to take advantage of enormous natural resources available in the nation to become employers.
He urged them to strive to own blue chip companies instead of struggling to work there.
The former lawmaker said that the civil service had limited space because those employed by government usually worked for 35 years leading to fewer vacancies. Olulade, therefore, advised the youth to become innovative.
“Never wait for anybody; you have the ability to be innovative. If you succeed, it is you, if you fail, it is in your hands as well,” he said.
Mrs. Atinuke Owolabi, an engineer and founder of Touch of Love and Lifting Hands Foundation — an NGO for elderly citizens welfare — advised the youth to learn skills apart from acquiring western education and degrees.
Owolabi said she started her NGO for lonely and sick old people to help her society inspite of being a professional.
She said that the NGO had grown and now catered for over 500 old people.
“There are several needs in your community. Identify them and try to solve the problems and the result will amaze you.
“Youths are very energetic, and this is the right time to unleash your potential,’’ she said.
Also on the panel, Special Adviser to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Youth and Social Development, Princess Akeredolu Busola who represented the Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr. Segun Dawodu, stressed the need for the youth to channel their energies positively.
According to her, youths are nation builders and catalysts for change who should set long and short term goals and focus on achieving set targets which government can support.
Other speakers advised youths to add value to themselves to attract mentors, stating that talents were just 30 percent of what was needed.
They said that good character and integrity were some things needed to excel, urging the youth to set goals, focus on them, and be disciplined.
Amb. Akanni Micheal, Chairman, Lagos Community Youth Development Initiative (LCYDI) while addressing journalists said the group’s vision is to ensure youths become more resourceful in their communities to attract development, instead of being used to perpetrate social vices.
He said that various NGOs, technocrats and professionals from various fields were engaged to mentor the LCYDI on volunteerism to boost youth participation in community development.
“Youths get involved in crime, touting, thuggery and other social vices, but we want to change the narrative to make them more productive.
“The leaders and representatives of all the community-based youths in Lagos State are here in this venue.
”We are to enlighten them so that they take the lessons back to their various communities to drive development’’ he said.
The First lady of Lagos, Mrs. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, represented by Alhaja Ramat Ejunjobi, wife of the Executive Chairman of Agege Local Government, commended the intiative.
Mrs. Sanwo-Olu, while unveiling LCYDI, prayed for the success of the group.
The traditional ruler and Royal Father of the day, Oba Fatai Aremu Aromire Gbadewolu 1, Oba Ijora Land, was represented by High Chief Hakeem Ojora, Bashorun of Ijora Kingdom at the event.
Beauty Queen, Cynthia Amaka, Ambassador for Child Trafficking, Mr. Kunle Ajayi, Guest Speaker engaged the youth to be resourceful, Queen Kemi, Miss Nigeria was also among dignitaries at the programme.
The High point of the event was unveiling of the LCYDI which was done by Her Excellency, Dr. (Mrs.) Ibijoke Sanwoolu, First Lady, Lagos State and Mr. Segun Dawodu, Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Social Development ably represented by Princess Busola Akeredolu, SSA to Governor on Youth Development.