L-R: Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Drainage and Water Resources, Mr Joe Igbokwe; Special Adviser to the governor on Parastatals Monitoring Office, Mr Afolabi Ayantayo; Deputy Gov. Obafemi Hamzat, Chairman of Agege Local Government, Mr Ganiyu Egunjobi, at the grand finale of the Agege Day Celebration and launch of Agege Education Endowment Fund


By Oluwatope Lawanson

Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has urged the state residents to support the N500 million Agege Education Endowment Fund to tackle out-of-school syndrome.

Sanwo-Olu made the appeal at the grand finale of  Agege Day Celebration and launch of N500 million Agege Education Endowment Fund, in Lagos on Tuesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event had the theme: “Celebrating our Unity and Progress”.

It was organised by Agege Local Government.

Sanwo-Olu, represented by his Deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, said  that the fund  was a laudable idea and showed clear understanding of education as an enabler and the most potent tool for youth empowerment.

“I, therefore, enjoin corporate organisations and well-meaning sons and daughters as well as friends of Agege to support and contribute generously to this fund.

“The support of the fund will go a long way for the upliftment of the education sector and greater development of this community,” he said.

The governor assured Agege residents that in line with his administration’s inclusive policy, Agege would continue to receive its fair share of dividends of democracy in infrastructural development.

He added that the residents would  benefit from healthcare services, improved  educational facilities and other interventions that would enhance living conditions.

Sanwo-Olu said that the event was an opportunity to celebrate the values of community development.

He said: The celebration reflects on how the people can continue to co-habit peacefully with each other in the interest of growth, development and their collective and individual prosperity.”

He advised the residents  to continue to sustain peaceful cohabitation among the various ethnic groups.

Sanwo-Olu enjoined Lagos State residents to come out en masse and participate in the forthcoming general elections.

He praised the organisers of the event  for the success.

The Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa,  who represents Agege Constituency 1, said that the education endowment fund brought renewed hope to the less privileged in his community.

According to him, Agege Town has, over the years, grown from an ancestral settlement to a cosmopolitan township, attracting settlers from within and outside the country.

Mr Ganiyu Egunjobi, Chairman of Agege Local Government, said that the celebration would help to foster unity and peace among the residents.


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