Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday urged youths to take advantage of the various opportunities that abound in the state to fulfil their potentials.
Governor Sanwo-Olu stated this at a one day youth sensitization programme organised by the office of the first lady, themed: “Youths and Moral Values in an Evolving Society: Challenges and Recommendation” at De-Blue Roof, LTV Premises, Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos.
He said: ‘’The Lagos State Employment Trust Fund has intervened in over 40, 000 start -ups. Some people have given them soft loans, some they have given grants directly, some businesses got development documents so that they can indeed develop. It is available irrespective of who you are, where you are from, provided you are a resident of Lagos.’’
Governor Sanwo-Olu said Lagos will continue to create an enabling environment and space for youths in governance.
He said as part of efforts to empower the youths, the state government is working on ensuring curricula of higher institutions reflect future realities to prepare youths for future jobs.
In her opening remarks, the wife of the governor, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu said the programme was aimed at sensitising about one hundred and forty three groups participating in the programme on the need to inculcate moral values, despite the challenges in Nigeria.
While welcoming the dynamic youths selected from both the formal and informal sector, she enjoined them to be patient, perseverance, disciplined and do the needful to make Nigeria great, encouraging them to be abreast with what is happening in their localities.
Also Speaking, Lagos State Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat, said there are many youths in the present government urging youths to come to the table with something.
He also urged them to have the ability to process information so that they could do well in life, adding that there were no shortcuts to success.
Guest lecturers at the event, including the Special Adviser to the governor on Education, Tokunbo Wahab, President YEARN Foundation, Sola Joseph, who spoke on the topic, “Youth Engagement and Empowerment: A panacea for restiveness and societal malaise, urged the youths to give the programme maximum attention.