The Lagos State government said it is currently building a large capacity rehabilitation centre to address issues of increasing victims of drug abuse in the state.
Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Investment, Mrs Solape Hammond , made the disclosure on Monday at a press briefing to unveil the official launch of a platform, tagged “Lagos SDGs Youth Alliance” designed to engage youth in productive ventures.
The Special Adviser who lamented the effects of the increasing rate of drug abuse among youths in the Country, said the Lagos State government was much aware of the menace and has been taking proactive measures to confront the impacts on the society.
She said: “There is a lot of intervention around drug abuse. We are building one of the largest rehabilitation centre in Africa currently as we speak.”
According to her, the Alliance unveiled on Monday was a unique occasion aimed at amplifying and repositioning the broad tendencies of youths for common good with broad engagement with the government.
“The birth of this lofty initiative – the Lagos SDGs Youth Alliance emerged from our conviction that youth represent formidable and potent force through which positive impact can be made in all sphere of human endeavours and where meaningful engagements with them is a prerequisite for achieving the Greater Lagos Agenda and by extension the Global Sustainable Development Goals.
“As a government that recognises the value of collaboration and engagement, we are establishing a clear and enduring pathway for meaningful youth participation in governance and in shaping the future they so much desire while at the same time providing them with required support and enabling environment to thrive.
“Far from addressing them as mere beneficiaries of the 2030 Agenda, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has demonstrated his passion to position young people as active architects in the state’s developmental pursuits and he has continued to engage them in the frameworks and processes that support implementation, follow-up and review of development initiatives,” she said.
The movement, she said, was a special purpose vehicle that will drive a society of resourceful youth whose potentials “are to be harnessed to drive the Greater Lagos ambition by channelling their energy, education, intellect and resourcefulness towards positive engagement for a better future.”
According to her, the efforts was conceived towards shaping an exciting future by enabling young people to immerse in a social reality and responsibility that will help unleash a new tribe of citizens that are committed to common good.
Youth Social Worker, and Executive Director – Nigeria Youth SDGs Network, Joshua Alade, said the need for alliance with and engagement in Government is to activate the connectivity power of young people in Lagos, and that is sacrosanct to giving opportunities to youths.