Towards ensuring youth in Lagos were not neglected in the scheme things, the United Nations Population Fund(UNFPA) and the State Government have partnered on implementation of the Lagos State Youth Policy framework.
They both agreed that there was need for adequate collaboration by everyone to proffer solutions to the challenges confronting the youths across the country particularly in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial nerve center.
The agreement was reached at a one-day Stakeholders’ meeting organised by the Ministry of Youth and Social Development and was also attended by different stakeholders including Lagos State Office for Disabilities Affairs (LASODA) in Ikeja.
Addressing the stakeholders, Permanent Secretary for the ministry, Dr. Aina Ayoola, stated that Lagos State adopted the National Youth Policy of 2009 with a view to entrenching a sustainable Youth agenda that would engender meaningful Youth engagement and enhance their quality of life.
Ayoola, who was represented by Adewunmi Ogunsanya, said: “Evolving socioeconomic issues new and innovative opportunities, and the peculiarities of the State made the review of the National Youth Policy inevitable and essential”.
According to the Permanent Secretary, the Lagos State Youth Policy (subject to review every five years) was launched in 2016 as a document that clearly articulated the youth challenges, provided a roadmap for addressing the needs in pursuance of youth growth and development while providing them with a high quality of life.
On her part, United Nations Population Funds (UNFPA) representative, Dr. Somefun Esther, while commending Lagos State Government for the formulation of the Youth Policy document urged the participants to imbibe the culture of documenting their fieldwork, adding UNFPA will continue to support Lagos State in helping the youths develop their potentials.
In their remarks, General Manager of LASODA, Oluwadamilare Ogundairo, and the Senior Special Assistant on Youth Development, Afonja Saheed, commended the State Government for the initiative which they argued has brought into fore needs of Persons Living with Disabilities (PLWDs) and the youths.
They added that the contribution of youths that were physically challenged to Lagos economy and development could not be jettisoned in actualising the THEMES Agenda of the present administration.
The Coordinator, Tayo Olosunde, took the fifty participants drawn from MDAs voluntary organizations and youth groups through the fifteen thematic areas that made up the State Youth Policy.
Olosunde urged the youths to meticulously peruse the document and make recommendations that would guide the State Government.