The Lagos State Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, yesterday said the youths constitute about 10 million out of the estimated 23 million people living in the state.
She said the state government is taking proactive steps towards developing a strategic policy which would provide a positive, viable and sustainable direction to promote their growth.
The Commissioner disclosed this at a sensitisation meeting for policy makers in key Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on the development of the Lagos State Youth Policy, held at the State’ Secretariat, Alausa in Ikeja.
She said the proposed policy will enhance development and create opportunities for the youth in the state.
She said: “This policy document will define the state government’s vision for the youth. It provides a crucial framework guiding the state’s approach to ensuring that the large number of youth population in the state is provided with a high quality of life, their potentials are realised and they become a veritable asset to the state’s economic and social development.”
The commissioner reiterated that the policy would identify crucial areas of development of the youth.
She appealed to the MDAs in line with their statutory responsibilities to inculcate youth development programme into their budgeting process and give prominence to the implementation of youth development activities in the state.
Representative of United Nation Population Funds Dr. Momoh Aruna said the agency is working with the state government in all areas gearing towards uplifting and developing youths in the state, The Nations reports.