The Lagos State Government is set to establish Youth Affairs Departments in all Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) of the state.
Mr Saheed Akanbi, the Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Youth Matters, disclosed this on Sunday in Lagos at the 3rd Annual Media Retreat of ‘Conference 57’.
‘Conference 57’ is a forum of chief press secretaries of all local councils in Lagos State.
Akanbi said that the establishment of youth affairs departments in the local councils would help fast-track development across the state.
“Efforts are underway to establish youth affairs departments in all local governments and LCDAs to make the job easier.
“So that if there’s anything happening in any council concerning the youth, it will be easier to contact supervisor on youth affairs in that council to handle the development collectively.
“At the same time, the department will ensure that the plight of the youth is properly taken care of at the grassroots levels,” he said.
Besides, Akanbi said that there was a need to review the remuneration of media aides of all council chairmen in the state.
He said that the review would boost the morale of the media officers and facilitate efforts to bridge the communication gaps between the residents and the councils.
He, however, advised the spokespersons to be loyal to the councils, while promoting adequate publicity for the activities and programmes of the respective councils.
In his remarks, Mr Emmanuel Bamgboye, the Chairman of Mushin Local Government Council, urged the media aides to be proactive in disseminating information to the public.
“Your job is very valuable; this is the era of information; we need publicity at all levels of government.
“We appreciate what you are doing but continue to do more of it with loyalty, which is very important, and we will continue to appreciate you,” he said.
Bamgboye also urged the media aides to cooperate with their principal officers and give adequate publicity to the councils’ programmes, so as to allow the residents know the level of development in the community.
The Chairman of ‘Conference 57’, Mr Oseni Ajimomuya, said that some measures had been put in place by the association to curb the menace of fake news in the society.
“Our major crusade in this regard is to enlighten the masses on the negative impact of fake news across various social media platforms.
“That’s why we tag this year’s retreat as ‘Going Digital: An Essential Move in a Post-COVID-19 World and Combating Fake News’,” he said.