The Lagos State Government is set to transform the face of the Gbagada Youth Centre, to a world-class mini stadium and the reconstruction of other sporting facilities.
This was revealed by the Commissioner for Youth and Social Development in Lagos State, Pharm (Mrs) Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf at a Stakeholder’s Forum held at the Gbagada Youth and Skill Acquisition Centre, Lagos.
The project is in conjunction with the Ministry of Youth and Social Development and the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) bottlers of Coca-Cola.
The meeting had in attendance representatives of the NBC, members of Community Development Association (CDA) and all the concerned youths in the area.
The Commissioner said that the project was in line with the vision of the Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode to transform the youth centre into a world class sporting facility in order to revive grassroots and community sports.
“The plan is aimed at providing sports parks and recreational facilities in various neighborhoods to revive grassroots, community and schools sports. This includes the construction of mini sports centers. This edifice when complete would revamp schools and after-schools sports as well as serve the entire community.”
The Commissioner instructed that the contractors should engage youths and artisans in the community so as to ensure a good standard of living among the youths.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Social Development in Lagos State, Hakeem Muri-Okunola also spoke at the stakeholder’s forum where he said the reconstruction of the youth center is a fulfillment of the present government in the state to develop younger generations.
Mr. Emeka Ubah, the representative of the Nigerian Bottling Company, said the project stating would encourage youths to build themselves in various aspects while also promising that it would employ youths in the community.
“Our mission is to refresh our consumers, partner with our customers, reward our stakeholders and enrich the lives of our local communities. We support youth development, through sporting activities and our programmes aim to help young people develop self-esteem and leadership skills”, he said.