Lagos State Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr. Segun Dawodu, has appealed to youths in Lagos to shun every act of violence and ensure a peaceful atmosphere across the State as the nation celebrates this year’s Democracy Day on June 12.
The Commissioner, who made the call in his office at Alausa, Ikeja, when he received members of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) Lagos State Chapter, advised against a repeat of last year’s incident, especially the aftermath of the #EndSARS protest, stressing that the ongoing agitation among youths on social media should not be allowed to degenerate into chaos and public unrest.
He implored the youngsters to continue to explore and engage the government more by employing legitimate channels to air their grievances, noting that the present administration of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has prioritised issues affecting youths not only in words but by actions.
“The Ministry has embarked on numerous programmes and executed different projects across the State, including the upgrade of Youth Centres in all the six divisions; organising the Year 2021 Interactive Session with Voluntary Youth Organisations and Youth Focused Non-Governmental Organisations and the holding of a Stakeholders’ Meeting on the Review and Implementation of Lagos State Youth Policy”, Dawodu stated.
The Commissioner also used the opportunity of the meeting to advise parents to watch over their children and monitor their movement in order to avoid being lured by elements with disruptive tendencies into any act capable of truncating the relative peace and tranquillity enjoyed by Lagosians.
On his part, the Chairman of NYCN, Lagos State Chapter, Mr. Lekan Biliaminu Oba, assured the State Government that the youths would contribute their quota to ensuring the continuity of the peaceful atmosphere in the State.
As a way of maintaining peace in Lagos, the NYCN Chairman recommended the reactivation of Voluntary Youth Organisations in schools, the establishment of Love Peace Ambassador in each Senatorial District, frequent Dialogue with the Youths as well as encouraging them to serve as watchdogs in their various locations.