As the nation commemorates Democracy Day on June 12, the Lagos State Government has urged youths in the state to abstain from acts of violence and pursue peace.
Mr Segun Dawodu, the Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, revealed this in Alausa, Ikeja, where he received members of the Lagos State Chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria.
Dawodu warned against a repeat of last year’s events, particularly the #EndSARS demonstration, in a statement released on Thursday, saying that the continuing agitation among youngsters on social media should not devolve into anarchy and public disorder.
The commissioner asked the youth to engage with the government more by airing their issues through appropriate avenues.
He added that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration had prioritized issues impacting youths not just in words but also in deeds.
“The Ministry of Youth and Social Development has embarked on numerous programmes and executed different projects across the state in this regard. These include the upgrading of youth centres with state-of-the-art facilities across the state, interactive sessions with voluntary youth organisations.”
He urged parents to keep an eye on their children and supervise their whereabouts in order to prevent being enticed into any conduct that could jeopardize the relative peace and tranquility enjoyed by Lagosians by elements with disruptive inclinations.