Towards ensuring the vast majority of youth in the State are carried along in terms of policy formulation and implementation, the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund has organized one day program tagged “High Level Meeting With Young Policy Makers And Youth Leaders On Harnessing Demographic Dividend”at the State Treasury Office, Ikeja on Tuesday.

In her speech, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Pharm (Mrs) Toyin Oke-Osanyintolu said “demographic dividend has become necessary because of the significant population changes Lagos State has gone through over the years.It is important to note that the population of youths in Lagos State which stands at approximately 10 million is the highest in the country.Consequently, the role of policymakers and youth leaders cannot be overemphasized in achieving a population structure that would add value to the economy of the State.”

According to the Permanent Secretary,it was the increase in population size accompanied by changes in age that resulted in the creation and eventual commissioning of the Demographic Dividend Initiative in 2015 with the objective to study the population status and determine the investment climate in the State that will bring about short and long term gains to residents of the State.

Pharm (Mrs) Oke-Osanyintolu disclosed that “Lagos State has attained its First Demographic Dividend and on the path to achieving the second.The Roadmap and Profile was launched by Lagos State Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget in October 2022.Young people in policy making and leadership positions are to be sensitized on their roles in achieving the Second Dividend.”

Head,UNFPA, Lagos State,Dr Somefun Esther noted that the international organization was collaborating with the State in pursuit of its mandate to invest in the youth that would in turn develop the nation.

Equipping the youth with requisite skills and providing them with opportunities are some of the things that the UNFPA has put in place to assist the youth, according to Dr Esther.

In their presentations, the facilitators,Mr Basit Baruwa(Deputy Director, Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget)and Mr Ibrahim Oladimeji(UNFPA Representative) enlightened the participants on “Overview of the Demographic Dividend Profile and Roadmap” and “Youth Angle: Highlighting and Identifying Accelerators Towards Achieving Demographic Dividend In Lagos State” .

The duo pointed out the different ways the youth would be able to identify opportunities, collect and process data as well as utilizing Education, Empowerment and Employments (3Es) in harnessing demographic dividend in Lagos State.



Lagos State Government has flagged off the Lagos State School Sports Intervention Programme (LASSIP) designed to reintegrate sports into the school curriculum.

Speaking at the official commencement of the initiative held at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, the Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr. Olusegun Dawodu, stated that LASSIP, conceived two years ago, is another of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s unprecedented investments in youth development designed to provide more options and opportunities for students to excel in sports and academics.

He explained that the initiative introduced by the present administration through the Lagos State Sports Commission, in partnership with the Lagos State Ministry of Education, would deepen the commitment to developing and transforming school sports.

The Commissioner emphasised the importance of the programme to the Greater Lagos vision, adding that LASSIP will provide an opportunity for the schools to groom students who will excel in Sports and Education, noting that the programme will be held in different batches for over 400 Games Masters and Physical Education Teachers.


Also, the Executive Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission, Sola Aiyepeku said LASSIP’s broad vision includes leveraging sports to promote physical fitness and wellness, alternative career paths for young people and a sustainable pipeline of talent discovery and development.

The LSSC boss stated further that through the partnership with the Ministry of Education and collaboration of the six education districts, the Statewide training programme will attain its full potential through the training of over 400 sports masters and physical education teachers across Lagos as a first step in the deployment of the LASSIP.

“We are also planning to educate the parents so that they can allow the children to participate in Sports and the Career paths that exist in it”, Aiyepeku added.

The Permanent Secretary, Education District I, Mrs. Titilayo Solarin, commended the LSSC for working closely with the Education Districts since the inception of the present administration, just as she applauded the LASSIP initiative.

Solarin also acknowledged the efforts of the present administration, through the LSSC, for the training of Games Masters/Mistresses and Physical Education Teachers towards contributing meaningfully to the development of School Sports in Lagos State.


Sanwo-Olu commissioned Mini Stadium, Computerised Youth Centre yesterday during his working visit to Ikorodu to inspect State Government’s capital projects across the area.

The mini stadium, built with a semi-standard basketball court, was developed by the State’s Ministry of Youth Development. Office of the Senior Special Assistant on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the President and member representing Ikorodu in the House of Representatives, Rep. Babajmi Benson, supported the stadium project by building spectators’ stands and the pitch.

The intervention, Sanwo-Olu said, are initiated to address growing social vices and create platform for young people to realise their potential in sports, education and vocational development.

The Governor said more youth centres were at various stages of completion in some areas across the State, including Badagry, Orile Agege, Isheri, Epe and Ikeja, pointing out that the objective was not to leave young people behind in development programmes of the Government.

He said: “The visit to Ikorodu today is to meet and engage with our citizens to see first-hand, how programmes and policies of our administration are touching and impacting lives. This visit comes with a package of treats for the youth, as I am pleased to deliver the newly completed Ikorodu Youth Centre here in Ita-Elewa. Also being commissioned is a mini stadium built by our Government.

“These youth-focused projects are to provide a conducive environment for sporting activities, while also catering for education needs and vocational development of our teeming youth population of Ikorodu and environs. With facilities like these ones, we hope to keep our young people off the streets and reduce social vices, such as drug abuse, prostitution and hooliganism.”

Commissioner for Youth Development, Hon. Segun Dawodu, listed other facilities in the mini stadium to include volleyball court, table tennis section, 200-capacity hall, snooker and pool table, fully-equipped gymnasium, ICT Centre with Internet, counselling section for wellness and people with drug and mental challenges.

Also, there is vocational section for training of youths in different vocations. The facility is powered by 250Kva generator.


The Lagos State Government has reiterated its commitment to the development of youthful policies, just as it assured them that the present administration remains passionate about the wellbeing of all youths in the State.

The Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr. Segun Dawodu stated this while speaking on the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda during his appearance on a Yoruba programme “Aseye” on Radio Lagos 107.5 FM on Tuesday.

He explained the determination of the State Government to give a voice to the youth population by focusing on the development of different programmes that take the wellbeing of the youth into cognisance.

While maintaining that the government is not oblivious of the fact that youths are faced with numerous challenges, he affirmed that the present administration is making frantic efforts to ensure that they take their pride of place in the society, adding that the government has put in place numerous empowerment programmes to better the lives of youths as well as make them self-reliant.

“Part of the present government drive is the provision of skills acquisition centres in the State as well as empowerment programmes to better the lives of youths. We have also set up a graduate employment scheme in which 2000 job seekers will be selected for a six months internship programmes at different corporate organisations in order to acquire the necessary skills to enhance their capacities. The present administration will be paying them wages as a way of stimulating their interest”, Dawodu stated.

The Commissioner explained further that the initiative is in conjunction with the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment, noting that the scheme will help boost the selected candidates’ Curriculum Vitae (CV) for future employability purpose or enhance their entrepreneurship start-up if they so desire.

Dawodu also pointed out that priority has been given to youths who want to seek start-up loans from the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) for their business, stressing that the Ministry is also working in conjunction with the State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture to create an environment whereby youths that are skilled in entertainment can be projected.

In his words: “We are looking at ways in which youths who are skilled in music can be projected and their demo tracks given to producers and deejays for sampling in broadcast houses. This, we believe, will go a long way in showcasing their talents and projection to the world”.

The Commissioner also enjoined youths in the State to stay away from crime and all kinds of societal ills that may hinder their progress and development while imploring them not to allow peer pressure to make them engage in illegitimacy.