The Lagos State Government has said that the new policy on youths was designed to engage and remodel them towards becoming leaders that contributes to development of the state.
It stated that engaging the youths at community, local and state level was needed to build next generation of leaders that can make outstanding impact in Lagos development.
The Commissioner for Youths and Social Development, Segun Dawodu, stated this at the international Youth Week Day celebration, themed: Engaging Youth for Global Action, held yesterday at Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja.
Dawodu noted that the youth policy and the celebration was an opportunity to appreciate young peoples’ actions and initiatives towards the country particularly Lagos development over the years.
According to him, when the youths are engaged at community, local or state level, they develop the skills needed to be effective leaders and make outstanding impacts at the local, national and global levels.
Dawodu noted that the state government realised that when youths are supported and strengthened, they would contribute to development of the nation, saying, this was reason Lagos State Youth Policy was formulated with a focus on youth development as well as facilitate their understanding on Child Right’s Law.
While assuring youths that the government would design more policies that put them at par with their contemporaries globally, the Commissioner enjoined the youths to embrace vision of the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, codified as T.H.E.M.E.S Development agenda.
“I believe as we key into this vision and engaged at the local and state levels, we will be able to achieve global action on challenges currently facing humanity such as poverty, unemployment, Covid19 Outbreak, climate change amongst others” the Commissioner added.
He also seized the opportunity to appreciate private, non-governmental and voluntary organisations for supporting the Ministry in Youth Developmental programmes.
Earlier, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Yetunde Falugba, in her remarks urged the youths to be worthy ambassadors wherever they find themselves, noting that their contributions is important in the quest to achieving a “Greater Lagos”.
She therefore urged them to participate fully in the activites that have been lined up by the Ministry in conjunction with other organizations.