8th September, 2010
Chairman of Bariga Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, South West Nigeria, AkeemÂ Omoyele Sulaimon, has urged Nigerians not to write off the country, but pray for its wellÂ being instead.
He gave the advice in a message to Muslims and the people of Bariga to mark the end of thisÂ yearâ€™s Ramadan fasting.
The council chief said the country has passed through avoidable intriguing moments sinceÂ independence and that this accounted for its present sorry situation.
According to Sulaimon fondly called Oris by his teeming admirers, the need to offer positiveÂ prayers for the nation has become dire, given the fact that Allah has been kind to theÂ country by pulling it back on track even when all hopes appeared lost, adding, â€œif God lovesÂ us, the best we could do as a people was to be positive in our prayers and thoughts aboutÂ Nigeria.â€
In another development, youths in the local government will soon be positioned to becomeÂ self-reliant through relevant training that will make them less dependent on government.
This assurance was given by the chairman in a chat with LG Circuit on Monday.
Sulaimon stated that in ensuring economic survival of youths, his administration has decidedÂ to organise various vocational skills acquisition programmes for them at different levels.
According to him, the training in the areas of crafts, barbing, sewing, bead making, hairÂ dressing, computer and soap making, among other vocations, will soon be organised for theÂ youth in order to make them self-employed.
The council boss disclosed further that his administration would not relent in its effortsÂ at engaging the youth in other training that would assist them.