Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has formally launched the Lagos Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Youth Alliance which is an initiative aimed at amplifying and repositioning the broad tendencies of the youth for common good.
At the launch, key SDGs advocates thronged the State House in Alausa to celebrate with the Governor on Friday. Nollywood star, Jim Iyke, Florence Otedola (DJ Cuppy) and Yoruba film actress, Jumoke Odetola, led the youths to the event.
Sanwo-Olu, who was visibly excited by the acceptance of the alliance, told the youths that the future had arrived, as the partnership would afford them to lead Government’s interventions across the SDGs deliverables.
He stressed that the Government would be willing to play supportive role, while the youth SDGs advocates leverage their network to make greater impacts across communities.
He said: “What we are about is to see how we can bring SDGs champions and society influencers in our various communities together on platform for measurable impacts. We strongly believe the Government cannot do it by itself. We don’t have the reach and connection which you advocates have.
“When we took the decision to set up this alliance, we wanted to create a partnership through which we can have real conversations and engagement that can improve lives. The future is here and our young people have been given the seat to lead interventions across the SDGs, while the Government plays a supportive role. We want to see how we can turn efforts from this initiative into greater impact in multiple folds.”
He urged the youths to turn the collaborative effort to a life-changing platform, saying the initiative would be a success story if it directly touched lives of the vulnerable people.
On her part, Special Adviser to the Governor on SDGs and Investment, Solape Hammond, said the alliance was borne out of the conviction that the youth demographic represented a potent force to drive positive impacts.
She said the Sanwo-Olu administration embodied progressive collaboration and engagement, expressing hope that the alliance would achieve its objectives.
The initiative is the first ever Government-initiated youth-led SDGs action, designed towards creating an effective platform for partnership with youths in achieving the 2030 Agenda.