Drive positive change in society, Lagos First Lady tells corps members

Lagos State First Lady, Dr. Mrs. Claudiana Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, has called on corps members to contribute positively to the development of Lagos and Nigeria.

Dr. Sanwo-Olu made this appeal during an interactive session with the Year 2024 Batch ‘B’ Stream 1 Corps Members at the NYSC Camp in Iyana Ipaja today.

She emphasized the importance of the NYSC scheme in fostering youth engagement and sustaining the vision of its founders, who aimed for a united Nigeria despite linguistic, cultural, and religious differences.

Corps members presenting a gift to the First Lady

The First Lady praised the corps members for their resilience and patriotism, commending their dedication to enduring the rigors of the orientation program and adhering to its guidelines.

“Your decision to serve Nigeria through this program reflects your commitment towards making a positive impact in society,” she stated.

Dr. Sanwo-Olu also used the interactive session to inform the corps members about various initiatives her office has undertaken to improve the quality of life in Lagos.

Highlighting her current project, ‘War Against Drug Abuse in Lagos State,’ she noted the alarming rate of drug abuse and stressed the need for public support to amplify campaign messages and expand outreach.

A cross-section of Corps members at the ceremony.

In the same vein, she discussed efforts to raise awareness about Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, providing assistive and protective care for victims and ensuring access to justice.

She expressed gratitude to NYSC officials for their efforts in nurturing future leaders and reassured the gathering of the government’s commitment to supporting youth empowerment initiatives.

In her welcome remarks, Lagos State NYSC Coordinator Mrs. Yetunde Baderinwa described the First Lady’s visit as a source of motivation and inspiration for the corps members.

She thanked the state government for prioritizing issues related to the NYSC, reaffirming the program’s role in national development.

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