“On this National Youth Day, I salute the strength and courage of young Nigerian people and those in Lagos in particular who represent a major force in building a greater and sustainable Lagos as well as a better future for the nation.
Today has been set aside to celebrate the Nigerian youth and the contributions they make to nation-building and also to address issues that affect them.
In Lagos, our administration is youth-friendly and inclusive. It is the reason we have embarked on the implementation of a series of youth engagement and empowerment activities and programmes through various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
These youth programmes and initiatives are part of the effort to address issues bothering on youth development and empowerment in such areas as agriculture, Information Technology and leadership skills. We have implemented mindset changing and reorientation programmes to build the capacity of young people in Lagos State to think positively and take up their role in nation building.
Some of our programmes include the Lagos State Youth Leadership known as the IBILE Youth Academy, which produced Youth Ambassadors that are already making waves as change makers in their communities, implementing various life touching and empowering pet projects leveraging on local collaboration and resources.
The Lagos State Employment Trust Fund is supporting young people with great entrepreneurship skills and ideas to establish and nurture their businesses on the path of sustainable growth and profitability.
In the area of Information Technology, the Lagos Codes and Software training programme has upskilled a number of young people within and outside of school in building critical skills demanded in the workplace.
We have also witnessed 22 start-ups headed by young people in the areas of agric-tech, ed-tech etc all funded by the Lagos State Science Research and Innovation Council.
I want to reaffirm our commitment not to rest our oars in engaging and empowering the teeming youths in the journey towards a Greater Lagos”.