Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state has promised to continue with creating opportunities for youths in the state. Ambode made this promise through Husamat Akinbile-Yusuf, the state commissioner for youth and social development, at an event held by the Ambode Youth Initiative (AYI) to assess the governor’s performance in the last one year.
The governor said his focus is to create a hub for youths to prosper. Part of the strategies is to help them find their place in governance to enable them assume responsible status for themselves, their family and the nation.
Governor Ambode said the creation of employment trust fund to disburse about N25 billion annually as well as the wealth creation ministry would open spaces of opportunities for youths to tap into and prosper despite current economic realities in the nation.
He thanked the group for their solidarity and commitment to his administration in the interest of good governance.
Chairman of AYI, Temitope Ogungbo, lauded Ambode’s exemplary leadership adding that the governor had become known for favourable policies that make him one of the most successful governors in the country.
Professor of sociology, AOK Noah, who delivered a lecture on ‘the role of youth in pivoting good governance’, urged young people to learn ‘delayed gratification’ so they can be able to engage government proactively. He asked the group to come up with proactive programmes for implementation by government.
“To challenge government is not to be physical but to be cerebral and productive; AYI must constantly send reminders to the governor about his electoral pledges and new developments worthy of his attention to ensure that the political and economic interests of youths are actualised,” he said.
According to Professor Noah before the next anniversary, AYI should have presented the governor with a charter of pro-people demands in areas outside government’s conventional attention and many members should have embraced the idea of voluntary works.
Based on the visit by the British deputy high commissioner to Nigeria, Ray Kyles, to Ambode where the former said the 2015 general election that ushered in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari also brought relief to the country. Kyles, who paid a courtesy visit to the Speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, said Nigerians were relieved because they knew Buhari was coming with a zeal to tackle corruption and end insecurity which are two major hindrances to economic growth in the country.