Lagos State Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr. Agboola Dabiri has tasked participants at the ongoing Eko Youth Academy to develop a State Anthem for the youth to be adopted and recited at every youth gathering across the State.
Agboola gave the task on Monday while addressing participants of the Academy at the Ikeja Youth Centre venue of the training programme for youths within the Ikeja axis of the State.
He disclosed that in order to imbue the process of critical thinking, creativity and team spirit among the participants, they would be given necessary guidance on how to compose the anthem, adding that they should get acquainted with the soft skills required to make them resourceful and excel in today’s society.
The Commissioner emphasised that the youths have many latent ideas that can be explored to improve the society, noting that the ability to make decisions and be able to adapt to different situations easily without any noticeable lacuna or deficiency is the essence of education.
“The whole essence of this training programme is among other things to let our graduates know that they don’t need to be stereotyped or believe that they can only succeed in their chosen fields. On the contrary, we want to build youths who can adapt to any situation they find themselves and also excel in other fields other than their core areas of study in the university”, Dabiri stated.
He also warned the participants against drug abuse, stressing that it was in recognition of the prevalent use of hard drugs among youths that made the State Government embark on a massive awareness campaign against the substances tagged “LASKAD” (Lagos Kicks Against Drug Abuse).
Giving an overview of the Eko Youth Academy, the Director of Youth Development in the Ministry, Mr. Bode Adams explained that the idea was in continuation of the Ibile Youth Academy which produced the present divisional Youth Ambassadors as well as the State Youth Ambassador last year.
He said the Academy seeks to teach youths about leadership initiatives, prepare them for leadership positions, promote patriotism and mutual understanding among other sterling qualities that would make them handle leadership successfully in the future.
The State Youth Ambassador, Mr. Lana Promise advised the participants to explore the opportunities embedded in the programme saying, “I want to urge you not to look down on the programme because it is free but be ready to maximise the gains inherent in every session for your personal benefits and development”.
About 500 youths who are undergoing training in different centres across the five divisions of the State would be exposed to leadership and administrative skills as well as management capabilities among others.