The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has reiterated his administration’s commitment to continue creating enough space for youths to thrive in business and governance across the state, saying his government was open to given the younger generation the needed opportunity to contribute their quota to the task of nation building.
He added that with the right education and skills, there was room for youth to join his government through appointment and vying for political offices, adding that the current administration was committed to rewarding hardwork and excellence.
The governor noted that his administration through relevant ministries had been working to put issues bordering on youth development at the front burner of government policies, noting that he was committed to developing the youths through various empowerment programmes.
Speaking during a one-Day sensitisation programme for youths, tagged: “Youths and Moral Values in an Evolving Society: Challenges and Recommendations,” organised by the office of the Governor’s wife at Agidingbi, Lagos, Sanwo urged the youths to utilise their time well so it could add value to them in the future.
He said: “There is space for our youths in government, especially seeing that our executive is a blend of the young, young at heart, women and youths.
“Government cannot employ everybody but we will create the environment where people can become entrepreneurs and solutions to challenges.
“The sole duty of government is not just salary payment, but to ensure that policies and programmes allow the private sector to employ more people. We are also reviewing courses offered in our institutions of higher learning to reflect current realities and future needs,” he said.
The governor, therefore, urged the youths to take the path that would benefit them fully and be committed to it, adding that through hardwork and perseverance, all their dreams would come true.
Earlier, the governor’s wife, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, urged youths to take advantage of the various opportunities in the state to fulfill their potentials and promote moral values to ensure a better tomorrow, while advising them to be patient, persevere, disciplined and do the needful to make Nigeria great.
Dr. Sanwo-Olu said that the programme had been specially packaged for youths in Lagos State to see how they could take advantage of the various opportunities available to ensure a better today and a brighter rewarding future for them.
“I urge you to take advantage of this programme to gain all the knowledge you can and see how to apply the lessons going forward. This is also a good avenue for you to network and amplify the right connections that will be beneficial to your aspirations and dreams,” she said.