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Ogunlende with the children on Children's Day

The Lagos State Government has made a renewed pledge to continue to prioritize the overall welfare of children.

Mobolaji Abubakre Ogunlende, Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, spoke while delivering his keynote address at the 2024 International Children’s Day celebration themed “Investing In Our Future Means Investing In Our Children”, held on Monday at the Eko FM Multipurpose Hall, Lateef Jakande Way, Ikeja.

“Our present administration, under the leadership of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, is dedicated to giving our children the best opportunities across all facets of life.

“Recognizing them not only as tomorrow’s leaders but as leaders in the making today, we aim to foster an environment conducive to their growth,” Ogunlende stated.

While saying that investing in children means investing in the Lagos of our dreams, the Commissioner stated that the children must be well nurtured to contribute meaningfully to society, adding that the state government remained committed to providing children with unfettered access to quality education.

Mrs. Toyin Oke-Osanyintolu, Permanent Secretary, emphasized that “children are not just cherished by their parents but hold immense value to the government.”

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She said: “Today’s celebration aims to instill in them a sense of dignity and pride, encouraging self-discovery and self-reliance. Our children are our most precious assets, and today’s theme prompts us to redouble our efforts in investing in their future.”

Oke-Osanyintolu urged them to be exemplary ambassadors of Lagos State, assuring continued governmental support to pave the way for a brighter tomorrow.

In a goodwill message, Mrs. Esther Brodrick-Shen, Deputy Chief of Party at the Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH), lauded the Lagos State Government for fostering an environment conducive to children’s growth.

She pledged ongoing collaboration with the State to implement policies and programmes in the children’s best interests.

During the event, Mrs. Gbemisola Agbatan, Founder of Solid Teens and Youth Initiative, sensitized children about the potential dangers of online technology, while Mr. Oluwole Amosu, the second speaker, underscored the pivotal roles of both government and parents in shaping a promising future for children.

 

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