Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, will hold and interactive session with the youths in the state on some state policies at a Town hall meeting organised by a non-governmental Organisation, Connected Development (CODE), in collaboration with ActionAid Nigeria.
The event, tagged: “Lagos Youth Budget Town Hall Meeting” will hold on 15 November, 2019 at the Julius Berger Auditorium in the University of Lagos.
According to a statement by Adeshina Tosin Nathaniel, who is the Lagos Chapter Lead of CODE, 250 youths representing different youth groups in Lagos through the Youth Organising & Leadership (YOL) Campaign will gather at the event with the aim of promoting “citizen participation in governance at the grassroots level and to empower youths with advocacy skills to demand for more budgetary provision and Gender Responsive Public Service for young people at the Local, State and Federal level.”
The statement stressed that the governor and other invited government officials will be fielding questions from the youths on government’s budget process for education, Agriculture, Youth Empowerment and Gender responsive service delivery.
“At the end of the meeting, it is expected that Youths in Lagos will be better armed with relevant details on the plans of Lagos State government for its youths while the government would have used the opportunity to improve its bond with youths in Lagos,” the statement added.
Also expected at the event are; the Commissioner for Education Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo, Agriculture Mr. Gbolahan Lawal, Budget and Economic Planning Mr. Sam Egube, Youth and Social Development Mr. Segun Dawodu, Barrister Tokunbo Wahab, Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Education, Mr. Dayo Israel Permanent Board Member, Lagos SUBEB and State Legislators.
According to the statement, “Connected Development [CODE] is a non-governmental organization, whose mission is to improve access to information and empower local communities in Africa. Its Follow the Money initiative tracks government and international aid spending in rural communities to ensure and promote open government and service delivery. To achieve this, we connect citizens to capital projects in their communities and link them up with key government and private sector stakeholders who implement these projects, for enhanced service delivery. Such projects cut across the sectors of Health, Education and Environment (specifically Water, Sanitation & Hygiene).”