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Sanwo-Olu commissions mini stadium, computerised youth centre in Ikorodu

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IKORODU Division in Lagos State recently throbbed with palpable excitement for the inauguration of twin projects built for the youth by the state government.

  Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu fulfilled his pledge, delivering a state-of-the-art mini stadium and a computerised youth centre in Ita-Elewa area of the ancient town.

  Sanwo-Olu commissioned both facilities during his working visit to Ikorodu to inspect state government’s capital projects across the area.

  A large crowd thronged the Ikorodu Town Hall, where the governor and members of cabinet met with residents to get feedbacks on how the programmes and policies of the government are impacting lives.

  Chairmen of all the six local councils that make up Ikorodu Division were in attendance with their deputies and councillors.

  Also, members of the Governance Advisory Council (GAC) from the division attended the event.

  The youth centre project, initiated and completed by the Sanwo-Olu administration, is aimed at providing a conducive environment for sporting and catering for education and vocational needs of youths in Ikorodu.

  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, Jimi 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…”

  Responding to Ikorodu residents’ feedbacks, Sanwo-Olu announced that construction work on the second phase of Ijede Road, which starts from Ewu Elepe into Gberigbe, would commence on Saturday, noting that the government and the contractor had sorted all issues delaying the road project.

  Commissioner for Youth Development, 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.

  Chairman of Ikorodu Local Government Area, Wasiu Adesina, acknowledged the governor’s transformation strides and commitment to physical development of the town, stressing that all challenges being faced by Ikorodu residents were being gradually solved.

  The council boss said despite paucity of funds, all councils in the division had complemented the state government’s efforts in road construction, strengthening of security architecture in the division, and empowerment programmes.

  The council boss appealed to the governor on the upgrade of Odogunyan Industrial Estate and renovation of royal palaces in Imota, Igbogbo, Isiwu, Ipakodo, Ijede and Ibeshe.

  In line with promises made to those affected by construction projects going on in Ikorodu, Governor Sanwo-Olu handed N500 million compensation to 74 claimants and worship centres whose structures were demolished to pave way for the construction of Igbe-Igbogbo-Bola Ahmed Tinubu Way.

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