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Lagos State hosts Obama’s Young Leaders Initiative (YALI) participants

Posted on May 26th, 2016

May 26, 2016

Lagos State Government, through the Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment (Lagos Global), this Thursday played hosts to a group of young Nigerians, who have just been handpicked as part of the United State’s commitment to invest in the future of Africa through leadership training and development.

The six participants selected in Lagos State, out of the 100 in Nigeria, for the Mandela Washington Fellowship – a flagship program of the President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), are Adebola Williams, Ebunoluwa Farinde, Fadekunayo Adeniyi, Olumide Lawal, Oluwabusola Majekodunmi and Orondaam Otto.

Speaking at the meeting held at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, Professor Ademola Abass, Special Adviser, Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment, appreciated the laudable feats achieved by the participants and for making Lagos State proud in the role they play in strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth and enhancing peace and security within their community.

The Special Adviser, who was represented by Dr. Yakub Olajide Basorun, Permanent Secretary, Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment, stated that the purpose of the meeting is to find out about their various projects and how the State government can collaborate with them to facilitate better innovation and necessary assistance in their chosen endeavours.

According to the Permanent Secretary, the Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment has the responsibility of acting as a one-stop shop for investors; and also enhances the ease of doing business by minimizing the stress involved in obtaining permits and other relevant documents for investment purposes.

Dr. Basorun said that Lagos State is poised to take advantage of the latest drive to enhance the inflow of investment into the state for the benefit of all and to ensure that the youth are empowered to take their rightful position in the scheme of things for the sake of posterity.

The Permanent Secretary further reiterated the commitment of the Governor Ambode-led administration to engender innovation and promote an inclusive government where everyone contributes to the overall prosperity of the State. This, he said, ties directly to making Lagos safe and secure for all to live.

The participants, during the fellowship, will engage in six weeks in-depth academic and leadership training at top American universities across three tracks – business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, public management and a specialized Energy institute. Afterwards the participants will converge in Washington D.C. for a Presidential summit, featuring a town hall with President Obama.


Shileola Adama

Public Affairs Unit

Lagos Global

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