Wife of the Lagos state Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode at the weekend commissioned a newly constructed Correctional Centre for Junior Boys at Birrel, Yaba as well as handed-over vocational tools to students from various Correctional Centres across the State who underwent training in different vocations .
Speaking at the commissioning , the First Lady said that the State Government apart from providing behavioral modification and habitable homes for correctional purposes is also inculcating empowerment initiatives into the correctional centres as a way of developing the entrepreneurial skills of the students and making them self-reliant.
” The State Government has provided empowerment tools for wards of various Correctional Centres , particularly those who have excelled in vocationas like photography, Tiling, Vulcanizing, Tailoring, Hair dressing, bead making and others. I believe that the tools being handed over to them by the government would keep them positively busy and make them live a meaningful life” the First Lady stated.
While urging all students of higher institution of learning to be vocationally skilled in addition to their formal educational pursuit, Ambode said that the present administration in the State would continue to prioritise the needs of the less privileged with special attention on the children and other vulnerable members of the public .
‘Lagos State is not immune to social challenges and perpetration of vices by some criminally minded individuals but this present administration is always doing the needful to redirect the attention of vulnerable children and youths and reintegrate them into the society’ Ambode added.
Also speaking at the event, the Commissioner for the Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Pharmacist (Mrs.) Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, said that the students in the various correctional homes had at one time or the other been victims of societal disorderliness and faulty parental care before they were rescued and placed under the care and protection of the State Government for adequate attention.
“These youths here present today, have sat for their professional examinations conducted by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity and they have been awarded certificates to practice different vocations as professionals. These are the people who would have been disadvantaged if not for the efforts of the State Government. The wards have not only been awarded certificates, the Government has also enhanced the possibility of their businesses taking off successfully” the Commissioner stated.
She called on all family units in the state to be more alive to their parental roles by giving their children the needed support so that they can in turn impact positively on the society by being useful to themselves , their families and the society in general .
The Permanent Secretay in the Ministry, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola said that the essence of embarking on the laudable projects was the desire of the state government to provide modern infrastructure to support the rehabilitation process and reintegration of delinquent and less privileged children across the State as well as give them equal playing ground with their counterparts.