Lagos govt. to embark on youth development projects in 2021

Lagos govt. to embark on youth development projects in 2021

The Lagos State Government says it will embark on meaningful projects that are aimed at enhancing the living standards of youths in the state.


Mr Solomon Bonu, the Special Adviser to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tourism, Arts and Culture, said this on Tuesday at the 2020 Badagry Social Media event.


He said that the state government would particularly initiate pragmatic projects to stimulate the development of youths.


“There are lots of programmes being projected by the state government in 2021, which youths in Badagry can tap into.


“At present, we are going round the state to check the condition of some of the youth development centres.


“Most of the abandoned youth centres will be rehabilitated. For example, the Federal Government Youth Centre in Ajara, near Ibereko, and the mini-stadium in Gayingbo, near Gbaji, will be renovated for use.


“This has not been happening in the past, but now, Badagry youths are coming up with ideas; this is why the state government wants to project Badagry to the whole world,” he said.


The governor’s aide commended the management of Citymood Magazine, the organiser of the social media event, saying: “This is the pride of Badagry event, and Citymood has been doing it greatly”.


In his remarks, Mr Samson Apata, the Supervisor, Environment and Tourism in Badagry Local Government Council, underscored the need to create more programmes to promote tourism in the town.


Apata noted that the event had brought people together to enjoy themselves.


Also, Chief Doheto Mesi, the Vice-Chairman, Friends from Cradle Foundation, who was honoured with “COVID-19 Hero Award”, said that he was delighted to receive the honour on behalf of his association.


“If you are doing something in the dark, you won’t know some people are watching you.


“We extend our assistance to frontline workers in Badagry General Hospital during the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic and this is the reward we are getting for our efforts,” he said.


Commenting, Mr Sewhude Akande, Publisher, Citymood Magazine, said that the event was to honour those that were using the social media constructively.


“If you look at the last #EndSARS protest, there were lots of fake news and misconceptions; just as social media is a powerful weapon, we understand that people can easily misuse the weapon.


“In 2019, we decided to recognise those that were using social media constructively and creatively, so that we can maximise the potential of social media space in all areas of human endeavours,” he said.


Akande said that the awardees were selected by popular votes, adding that Citymood management handled the selection process.


“We strictly adhered to all directives of the Lagos State Government and health agencies on COVID-19.


“People are washing their hands and using sanitisers, and we don’t allow anyone without face masks in,” he said.


Awards were given to Prince Sewude Amosu, Director, Lagos Operations, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria and Capt. Matthew Ekeinde and his wife, Nollywood Actress, Omotola Jolaade-Ekeinde.


Badagry Local Government Council won the Best Use of Social Media (Government) Award, among others winners.

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