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Sanwo-Olu identifies empowerment, other solutions to Nigeria’s development

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Wife of Lagos State Governor, Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, has said that effective youth empowerment and training remain a major solution to sustain the growth and developments currently experienced across Nigeria particularly Lagos.

Sanwo-Olu said that intensive youth training and empowerment remain a viable way to build a new generation of leaders that would be empowered with positive mindsets for volunteerism and leadership.

The First lady maintained that concerted efforts must be geared towards discovering, nurturing the positive energy of our burdened youth population, saying one of the best ways to do this, is what the IBILE Youth Academy is exemplifying.

She identified the solutions at the closing ceremony of the 2021 IBILE Youth Academy organized by the Ministry of Youth and Social Development, held at the Abesan Youth Center, Ipaja, Alimosho Local Government.

Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by Wife of Tutor-General and Permanent Secretary for Education District 1V, Foluke Olajide, stressed that the programme was designed to build a new generation of leaders with positive mindsets that embrace the virtue of citizenship, leadership, and volunteerism for self-development.

“This initiative will help our youth push boundaries, build their confidence and harness their personal development which in turn will contribute to the growth and development of our dear state and by extension the Nation.

“The state government has continued to provide impactful platforms for youth and other age classes, in order to make a lasting impact in the society”, she added.

Earlier, the Commissioner, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Olusegun Dawodu, said that the state has the highest youth population in the country, which confer a huge responsibility on the state to seriously address challenges that comes with the huge youth population.

“The evolving social-economic issues, new and innovative opportunities as well as some of the peculiarities of Youth in the state, saying that this shows the need to develop a programme that will further harness youth potentials.”

Dawodu revealed that the initiative has been held consistently over the past three years and has continued to produce State Youth Ambassadors and Divisional Ambassadors who have implemented various pet projects and programmes to address peculiar issues within their communities.

The Commissioner while congratulating the Ambassadors, urged them to push boundaries and make themselves ambassadors in their various communities and divisions.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Dr. Aina Olugbemiga expressed optimism that the present set of the state youth ambassadorial team was ready to surpass the achievements of the previous sets through their constructive contributions for the development of their communities.

In her remarks, the Coordinator of the initiative, Mrs. Rasheedat Umar said that the programme began with a three-day virtual training for over 750 young people across the five divisions of the state, whereby 50 participants were carefully selected from each division for a one-day physical training.

Umar explained that at the end of the one-day training, the best 10 were selected from each division for a 7-day residential training, where they were taken through different leadership topics and tasks.

She said: “the camp training was highly competitive with tasks and responsibilities that produced a state Youth Ambassador and Divisional Ambassador for each division of the state”.

The newly produced 2021/2022 Youth Ambassador, Miss Funmilayo Akannishelle representing the Ikorodu Division, expressed her fulfillment in the training and skills instilled in her and other participants during their stay in the camp.

Other divisional ambassadors are: Onike-Azeez Aminat from the Ikeja Division, Hunpatin Salome Faith from Badagry Division, Shodunke Qudus from Lagos Division, and Femi-Jolayemi Gbolabo from Ikorodu Division.

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