2009 – A Timeout With The Youths

2009 – A Timeout With The Youths

Leadership Empowerment And Resource Network

Opening speech by the First Lady of Lagos State, Nigeria.

By L.E.A.R.N.

I welcome most sincerely on behalf of LEARN family, the deputy Governor of Lagos State, Her Excellency, Princess Sarah Adebisi Sosan and all our invited guests particularly our youths to this program tagged Daytime of Talk, Dance and Laughs organized by the Lagos Empowerment And Resource Network. I want to thank Her Excellency for finding time to be with us today and for all her support.

Lagos Empowerment and Resource Network was established about two years ago as an NGO committed to igniting a passion for learning in our youths and grooming tomorrow’s leaders to be confident, self-sufficient and socially responsive.

Since the establishment of LEARN about two years ago, various programmes including summer camp, revision classes for students have been organized in line with our objectives. This particular programme was informed by our experience during the career talk programme for students at the secondary school level. The feedback we received from the questions asked by the students showed the need for more efforts towards ensuring that our youths are better informed on such issues as choosing a career, life skills, healthy living, HIV/AIDS among others.

It is our expectation that this event would provide a unique opportunity for the youth to share experiences, learn from the knowledge and experience of professionals and people who not only understands the challenges facing your generation but also to proffer solutions for overcoming these challenges.

As you are all aware, this event is tagged a Daytime of Talk, Dance and Laughs. It is an informal event that will feature inspirational talks from renowned motivational speakers as well as performances by top musicians and comedians. As you enjoy the various entertainments, it is very important that you should not lose sight of the very essence of this programme and the message you are expected to take home with you; i.e. to re-discover yourself, value knowledge and hard work because they are tools for attaining success in life; be focused and avoid anything that will not add value to your life or assist you in achieving your goals.

As future leaders, you have great challenges ahead of you. One of the defining characteristics of the 21st century and the global village is competition. The level of success you can achieve will be determined by the amount of information you have and the way you have applied it towards developing and adding value to your God given potentials.

I hereby welcome you and also acknowledge the free services rendered to this programme by our Guest speakers, Artists and Comedians. May your labour of love never go in vain.

While thanking you for this voluntary service, may I seize this opportunity to thank our sponsors La Casera; Indomie Noodles; Police College; LEARN staff and Volunteers.

I thank you all and wish you a rewarding time.

Her Excellency
Mrs. Abimbola Fashola
President – L.E.A.R.N.

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