The Lagos state government said on Friday that it was planning a six-month internship program for 4,000 young graduates in the state.
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said this during the inauguration of a 28-room administrative block built by the Agboyi-Ketu Local Council Development Area.
Sanwo-Olu said the 4,000 recent graduates would be paid a monthly stipend of N40,000 for the six-month program, adding that there was an urgent need for government at all levels to prioritize development, empowerment and mentoring youth.
According to him, the recent EndSARS protest should be seen as a wake-up call for government at all levels to do more for young people who demand better opportunities and commitments.
“As we prepare for a new fiscal year, let’s ensure that proper plans are in place to ensure that the well-being of our youth, women, the elderly, and people with physical disabilities is well served.
”At the state level, we have made special provisions for youth capacity development in the 2021 budget presented to the State House of Assembly.
“This is in addition to ongoing youth empowerment programs, including the Graduate Internship Program, under which 4,000,000 young graduates would be recruited and paid a monthly stipend of 40,000 nymphs for 6 months,” he said.
The governor said that local government, the level of government closest to the people, has a huge responsibility to deliver more dividends of democracy to people in local communities, so that they can feel the direct impact of governance.
He congratulated the youth of Agboyi-Ketu LCDA for ensuring that public property, especially the Council Secretariat, was not destroyed, vandalized or looted during the EndSARS chaos.
Sanwo-Olu said that public infrastructures were part of the common heritage provided with public funds and community members must take responsibility for protecting and preserving these assets.
“It is within the constitutionally guaranteed right of all citizens to express their grievances through protests, but it is a criminal act to participate in the deliberate destruction, vandalism and looting of public property and private property under any disguise.
“Destroying public assets will only set us back and slow down the pace of progress, as the meager public funds that should be spent on providing new infrastructure for citizens would be spent on replacing the destroyed ones.
“My call to all residents is that they continue to live in peace and ensure unity and mutual understanding among all people of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds, as Lagos remains a home for all law-abiding residents,” he said .
Sanwo-Olu also commended the Chairman of Agboyi Ketu LCDA, Mr. Dele Oshinowo and the Council’s leadership for considering it appropriate to immortalize Senator Bayo Osinowo, who died in active service on June 15, 2020.
Journalists report that the 28-room administrative block of the Agboyi-Ketu local council development was dedicated to Osinowo’s memory.
The governor said the project would provide the much-needed enabling work environment to improve productivity and service delivery.
Earlier in his speech, Agboyi-Ketu LCDA President Dele Oshinowo said the building was meant to herald a new beginning in his administration’s quest to improve the community’s landscape and aesthetics.
Oshinowo said his administration had embarked on the massive reconstruction and rehabilitation of 47.7-kilometer highways to provide an enabling environment for citizens to live and work, as well as to enhance the economic growth and productivity of the LCDA.