Sanwo-Olu charges youths to be global ambassadors, leaders

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has charged Nigerian youths, especially those living in the state, to be global ambassadors and real leaders of tomorrow.

Sanwo-Olu gave the charge on Thursday during a courtesy visit by the Lagos State and divisional youth ambassadors to the Lagos House, Marina.

The Lagos State and divisional youth ambassadors are winners of the annual IBILE Youth Academy leadership programme, which started four years ago.

He reiterated his administration’s commitment to programmes that would benefit youths, as the state government would create a platform for youths to be global leaders and not divisional leaders.

The governor said that his administration is building a great future for the youths and other residents with various interventions under the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda.

He urged the Lagos State Youth Ambassador and the divisional ambassadors to use the platform given to them to touch lives and create the future that they would all be proud of.

The youth ambassador is Funmilayo Akannishelle and the divisional ambassadors are Aminat Onike-Azeez (Ikeja), Selome Hunpatin (Badagry), Gbolabo Femi-Jolayemi (Ikorodu), Qudus Shodunke (Lagos) and AbdulRahman Saheed (Epe).

”We are not only building youths for greatness but to be real champions and advocates in their various communities and leaders of tomorrow.

”We are creating a platform for our youths not just to be divisional ambassadors or state ambassadors but global ambassadors because the future is about the youth.

”What we are doing with all of our interventions in Lagos State under the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda is providing the future from today.

”Everything you see us do in the area of traffic management, health, environment, education, technology, security and infrastructural development is to make sure that the future is better than today,” Sanwo-Olu said.

Speaking earlier, the Lagos State Youth Ambassador, Funmilayo Akannishelle, commended Gov. Sanwo-Olu’s administration for providing a platform for them through the IBILE Youth Academy leadership programme.

Akannishelle said that the IBILE Youth Academy leadership programme has changed them mentally and made them to be better people.

She said that the training had also motivated them to work towards building a Nigeria the youth would be proud of.

”I want to appreciate Lagos State Government for the IBILE Youth Academy leadership programme. I believe it is something that other states should emulate.

”It is a programme that will go a long way to improve and incorporate leadership qualities in the youth.

”The IBILE Youth Academy has changed our mentality. It has made us better people and we can now go to our communities with positive charge. We all need to improve our country. We should be patriotic and be proud of our country,” Akannishelle said.

The ambassadors were presented to the governor by the Lagos State Commissioner for Youths and Social Development, Mr Olusegun Dawodu, supported by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth, Mr Saheed Akanbi; Director, Youth, Mr Femi Adetoye, and Assistant Director, Youth, Mrs Rasheedat Umar. (NAN)

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