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Sanwo-Olu launches Lagos SDGs Youth Alliance Initiative

THE Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday, September 10, 2021, formally launched the Lagos Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Youth Alliance initiative at the State House, Alausa, Ikeja.
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LAGOS STATE GOVERNOR, MR BABAJIDE SANWO-OLU (MIDDLE), FLANKED BY HIS SPECIAL ADVISER ON SDGS & INVESTMENT (LAGOS GLOBAL), MRS SOLAPE HAMMOND (LEFT), FOLLOWED BY THE SENIOR SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE GOVERNOR, SDGS, MR LEKAN FATODU; PERMANENT SECRETARY, OFFICE OF SDGS & INVESTMENT, MRS ABOSEDE GEORGE (RIGHT), NEXT TO HER ARE NOLLYWOOD ACTORS, JIM IKYE; JUMOKE ODETOLA AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE LAGOS SDGS YOUTH ALLIANCE DURING A ‘MEET AND GREET’ WITH THE GOVERNOR, AT THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE, ALAUSA, IKEJA, ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2021.

The initiative is to enable the State Government accelerate actions towards meeting key deliverables in the SDGs global goals.

The initiative is the first ever Government-initiated but youth-led SDGs action, designed towards creating an effective platform for partnership with youths in achieving the 2030 Agenda. The platform would enable the LASG establish an avenue for coordination on SDGs actions in communities and also create the conditions for active engagement.

Gov. Sanwo-Olu, in his speech said, said: “What we are about is to see how we can bring SDGs champions and society influencers in our various communities together on a platform for measurable impacts. We strongly believe the Government cannot do it by itself. We don’t have the reach and connection which you advocates have. 

“When we took the decision to set up this alliance, we wanted to create a partnership through which we can have real conversations and engagement that can improve lives. The future is here and our young people have been given the seat to lead interventions across the SDGs, while the Government plays a supportive role. We want to see how we can turn efforts from this initiative into greater impact in multiple folds.”

Sanwo-Olu claimed that no fewer than 9,000 youths leading interventions across the SDGs in Lagos state have signed up to be on the alliance. 

He urged the youths to turn the collaborative effort to a life-changing platform, saying the initiative would be a success story if it directly touched lives of the vulnerable people.

Popular Nollywood star, Jim Iyke, a musician, Florence Otedola (DJ Cuppy), and Yoruba film actress, Jumoke Odetola, led the youths to the event.

Jim Iyke affirmed that he was excited by the willingness of the Governor to allow the youths drive the alliance. He approved of the partnership and pledged his commitment to its success.

Jumoke Odetola also promised to use her Nollywood platform to promote SDG actions in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, and gender equality.