Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has expressed optimism that the Africa continent will certainly take her rightful place in the world, saying the growth of the world depends on the continent.
Governor Sanwo-Olu who said this when he received Delegates of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA) led by its chairperson, Mrs. Fatimotu Abdulmalik, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, added, “That the only opportunity of the world remaining is in Africa.”
The delegates, who were drawn from across the continent, were accompanied by former Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi and chairman, Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Hon. Alabi Kolade David.
The governor, who welcomed the delegates to Lagos yesterday for the body’s conference, stated that because the growth of the world is in Africa, it is the continent that was going to lend the entire world the workforce, being one that has, “The youth population that is going to change the narratives of the entire world.”
Sanwo-Olu said there was a need to seize this opportunity, be able to train the youth well, “to be able to work among themselves well, and be able to build first, as Africans and treat ourselves equally before we can challenge the entire world.”
“Indeed, it is only when we are united, it’s only when we have a shared vision and a shared purpose that Africa can indeed take its rightful place in the world. And it’s been said several times that the only opportunity of the world remaining is in Africa. The only opportunity and the growth that we have remaining everywhere in the world is in Africa.
“Because indeed the growth of the world is in Africa, we are the ones that are going to lend the entire world the workforce. We are the ones who have the youth population that is going to change the narratives of the entire world. So, we need to be able to seize this opportunity, be able to train them well, to be able to work among ourselves well, and be able to build first, as Africans and treat ourselves equally before we can challenge the entire world,” he said.