LASG seeks corps members’ collaboration to curb drug abuse

LAGOS (Sundiata Scholar) – Lagos State Government has called for collaboration of corps members in its efforts at curbing substance abuse through the War Against Drug Abuse in Lagos State project.

The Wife of Lagos State Governor, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, made the call on Wednesday while addressing the 2024 Batch ‘B’ Stream 1 corps members at the NYSC Orientation Camp at Iyana-Ipaja.

Sanwo-Olu said there were several programmes and activities being spearheaded by her office for girls, boys, youths, women, elderly and the general public.

She said that War Against Drug Abuse in Lagos State project required the support of everyone in increasing campaign messages and expanding the reach.
“As young people, your energy, creativity, and resilience are essential to driving the progress and development of Lagos State and Nigeria.
“Embrace this time with an open mind and a willing heart prepared to make meaningful contributions to the communities you will serve,” she said.
The governor’s wife said that her office also conceived Boy Child Initiative and had continued advocacy in the fight against gender-based violence.

“The Boy Child Initiative is a setting where boys are tutored and guided to inculcate good attitudes that will make them to grow into responsible men in the future.
“It assists in fostering greater understanding among the male gender, preparing them to be supportive and responsible future fathers, brothers and citizens.
“Apart from the advocacy aspect, we have also provided protective care for victims, ensuring that they get justice.
“ These structures are not only to encourage people to speak up and speak out but also to ‘walk the talk’ in making sure that perpetrators face commensurate punishment for evil conducts,” she said.
She applauded NYSC for efforts in nurturing future leaders of the nation.

Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu and Mrs Yetunde Baderinwa, NYSC Coordinator, Lagos. State
The governor’s wife noted that the initiators of scheme envisioned the need to foster national unity and development among all Nigerians, regardless of tribe or cultural beliefs.

Sanwo-Olu implored the corps members to approach the service year with dedication and patriotism.

“Let your actions be guided by the principles of honesty, integrity and excellence.

“This NYSC programme has, over the years, become a beacon of hope and a cornerstone for youth engagement in our country’s growth.

“The fact that the scheme is still standing some decades after it was initiated speaks to its relevance and wide acceptability,” she said.

Sanwo-Olu said that the corps members’ decision to serve Nigeria through the programme was commendable and reflected their commitment to making a positive impact on the society.

“I know that you have been exposed to some life-changing talks and experiences since you started this journey, but it is important to harp on some important life lessons that will further guide you as you proceed in the journey.

“As you embark on this transformative journey, remember that you are not just serving your country; you are also shaping your future and the future of our nation.
“The experiences and lessons you gain during this orientation and subsequent service year will be invaluable.

“The challenges you face will be numerous, but with determination and a positive mindset, you can overcome them and turn them into stepping stones for your success,” she said.

Earlier, Mrs Yetunde Baderinwa, the NYSC Coordinator in Lagos State, expressed delight at Sanwo-Olu’s visit.
Shw said that the orientation course had recorded significant achievements.

According to her, there have been effective participation in various camp programmes and high level of discipline and enthusiasm among corps members.

“However, we still have challenges.
“We seek interventions as we remain hopeful that construction work at the proposed NYSC permanent orientation camp, Agbowa, Ikorodu, will commence soon to resolve accomodation constraints and address the need for suitable orientation facilities,” she added. (NAN)