The lawmaker, representing Somolu Constituency 1 in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, has urged the youth to explore opportunities provided by the state government to develop and grow their various businesses and skills for a better future.
Olowo, who gave the advice while addressing residents on Thursday at the 7th Annual Constituency Stakeholders’ Meeting held in Somolu Local Government secretariat, said the building of infrastructure without building the future of the youths would collapsed the social system.
It would be recalled that the Lagos State House of Assembly simultaneously held stakeholders’ meeting in all the 40 constituencies of the state with the theme “Increasing Wave of Drug Abuse: A threat To Nation Building”.
The lawmaker explained that government at various levels had been making efforts at addressing some of the problems associated with drug abuse and its danger to the nation’s youth.
“The House of Assembly has continued to be proactive in the consideration of viable laws and policies that would enhance youth potentials and development.
“Some of the recent laws that were passed attests to government efforts on this such as the Law to Amend the Lagos State Sports Commission Law 2015, to promote youths and sports development in Lagos state and for connected purposes.
“This law give opportunities to the youth in the area of recreation and exploration of potentials in sporting activities to become professional sportsmen and women,” Olowo said.
He called on all stakeholders including residents, parents, social media influencers, academia and community leaders to work in concert effort with the government for the common good of the society.
He reeled out some of his achievements in recent time, to roads, including electrification and construction of Aina, Abiodun, Oluwadara and Onafowokan roads and Salami, Odubanjo, Fadipe, Eyiowunawi and Abiodun Streets.
He also said public works would be engaged to rehabilitate some damaged roads that would enhance the economy of the constituency.
While requesting for more public goods in the constituency, the Chairman of the Community Development Committee (CDC, Somolu), Mr Adedapo Oduguwa, urged the government to construct an overhead bridge at Fadeyi Busstop, saying that it was a bridge that help commuters in five local governments to grow their businesses and ease mobility.
Oduguwa urged for the electrification of streets in the local government so as to enhance security of residents.
Also, the representative of Artisans, Mrs Funmi David, seek more empowerment programmes for the artisans, saying that it would help to eradicate drug abuse among artisans.
The Deputy Chairman of the Nigerian Union Of Teachers (NUT) Somolu Chapter, Oluwatosin Ogunbanwo, urged government to complete the building of structures in Wesley Pry School, even as he complained that residents now dump refuse in the school.