International Youth Day celebration: Lagos vows to end poverty by 2030

IN commemoration of the International Youth Day (IYD) celebration, the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development (LSMYSD) has pledged to eradicate poverty, achieve sustainable consumption and production of goods and services in the state come 2030.

The commissioner of LSMYSD, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, made the pronouncement on Monday during an extended programme held at the Onikan Youth Centre to mark the day, tagged “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption & Production.”

Akinbile-Yussuf, who established the significance of young people in driving national economic prosperity, disclosed that the ministry was working to make ready a policy on youth development as part of the action plans to achieve the estimated target in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

According to her, Nigeria is a “nation of young people” as “half of Nigeria’s population today is under the age of 30 with the vast majority young people living in Lagos State.”

Also speaking, the wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Bolanle Ambode, said “there is no eradicating poverty if the youth are not kept busy in a way that generates incomes for them, the state and nation by extension.”

The governor’s wife, who was represented by Mrs Yemi Bolanle, unveiled seven bullet-point agenda for ending poverty and ensuring financial prosperity through engaging young people. She said ensuring social stability, introducing to learn-to-earn initiative, individual entrepreneurship, unlocking the talent among the young people will be part of the roadmap to resurrecting the economy in 2030.

This year’s celebration which was marked on the global scale on the 12th of August annually featured concerts, workshops, cultural events and meetings in Lagos State.