LAGOS State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, said at the weekend that good Governance and sustainable development in the country will be achieved through the combination of the experience of political elders and the creative and into the active ideas of young people.
Governor Ambode said this while giving his goodwill message at the second edition of the Bola Tinubu Youths Summit, held at the weekend at MUSON Centre, Onikan Lagos, contending that both the elders and the Youth needed to join forces in making any country achieve good governance and sustainable development.
The summit was part of the activities lined up for the 66th birthday celebration of the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who also is former governor of Lagos State.
According to the governor, who was represented by his deputy, Dr. (Mrs) Idiat Oluranti Adebule, it is very imperative to create a platform in which the benefits of the experience of the elders would be effectively combined with the creative and innovative ideas of young people in order to align the nation’s desire for good governance and growth with global trends.
Governor Ambode stated that his administration, right from the inception. believed in government of inclusion in which a level- playing ground is provided for everyone, including youths in other for them to contribute to the growth and development of the country.
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The governor, while describing the theme of the summit: “Making Nigeria Work- Synergy between Leadership and the New Generation,” as very apt and timely, noted that the summit was relevant as it came when political activities towards 2019 general elections was gathering momentum.
He further noted that the summit could not have been better organised than now when there was a general clamour for increased participation of the youth in governance, which, according to him, was inspired by the “Not- Too- Young- To- Run Bill” that is fast gaining ground at the National Assembly.
The governor, therefore, challenged the youth across the country to be steadfast and continue to demonstrate good character in their quest to make positive difference in governance, urging them to “show strong determination and draw inspiration from leaders who are selfless and people- centred in their ideas, policies and ideologies.”
Governor Ambode, while eulogizing Tinubu for his leadership quality, noted that the former governor’s passion for good governance, selflessness, doggedness and ability to groom young leaders made him to stand tall among leaders across the world, adding that his numerous contributions to the evolution and sustenance of democratic governance/ideals in Nigeria was widely acknowledged not only by Nigerians but across the globe.
The governor, while also saying that the template for a new and modern Lagos, which he said had made the state a referent point for good governance was developed by Asiwaju Tinubu, vowed that his administration would continue to work hard to build on the legacies of the founding fathers of the state.
He, therefore, urged the youths to make good advantage of the opportunity created by Asiwaju Tinubu’s political ideology which recognizes and allows young people’s participation in governance.
He also enjoined them to always engage themselves in intellectual discussions on leadership ideologies and vision for good governance and development.
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In his keynote address, human rights activist, Barrister Festus Keyamo (SAN), lamented that the leadership problem had not allowed for any meaningful development even though the country was blessed with abundant human and material resources, calling on the leadership to effectively utilize the nation’s economic resources to develop infrastructure and cater for the social needs of the masses.
Keyamo commended President Muhammadu Buhari led administration for its fight against corruption, noting that one of the factors militating against the country’s development since independence was corruption.
He urging the president not to relent inspite of many forces that stood against the crusade, noting that people would not forget in a hurry his administration’s contributions to the ethical rebirth of a new Nigeria.
In his welcome address, the convener of the summit, Mr Akanbi Sayeed Afonja, said the summit which has become an annual event, was aimed at appreciating Asiwaju Bola Tuinubu’s contributions to democracy in Nigeria and god governance enjoyed by the people of Lagos State.
He said that it was the belief of his group that leaders that provided his people with good governance and built other leaders should be celebrated when they were still alive, urging youths to be very objective and focused while they make constructive criticism where necessary to challenge those in position of authority to pay attention to the basic needs of the masses.
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