Co-Founder, Lagos Island Connect (LIC), Ms. Yemisi Ransome-Kuti, Former Deputy Governor of Lagos, Otunba Femi Pedro, the Erelu Kuti of Lagos, HRH Erelu (Dr.) Chevalier Abiola Dosunmu, are amongst the reputable development advocates leading discussions at the first Lagos-Island Economic Summit.
The Summit with the theme “Sustainable Youth Engagement and Development ” is organised by the Lagos State Office of Sustainable Development Goals and Investment in partnership with the Lagos Island Connect (LIC)
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Sustainable Development Goals and Investment, Mrs. Solape Hammond, explained that the Summit is part of a strategy to effectively leverage on extensive human and capital resources to catalyse economic growth and development in the State.
“The forum will create a platform to discuss these key issues; constraints, policy recommendations, quick wins and priority initiatives that will set an agenda for new models for deeper youth’s engagement and sustainable economies” she observed.
In her remark, the Co-founder of Lagos Island Connect, Ms. Yemisi Ransome-Kuti described the Summit as a people-centred approach towards identifying economic, social and political challenges.
“Lagos Island Connect (LIC) is pioneering the idea of bringing shared prosperity to every neighborhood in Lagos-Island by exploring potential opportunities that would accelerate economic developments”, she noted.
She revealed further that Lagos Island Connect in partnership with the Lagos State Office of the Sustainable Development Goals & Investment (OSDGI) has developed and will be unveiling a first in class 2-kilometre rule at the first Lagos-Island Economic Summit 2021.
The model according to her will encourage business entities within a 2-kilometre radius of Lagos-Island to hire locally, particularly the youth and patronize businesses, especially youth businesses in the area.
Also speaking on what to expect from the summit, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Sustainable Development Goals, Mr Lekan Fatodu opined that it will foster a renewed commitment among stakeholders to the pursuit of economic growth that can sustainably create jobs, lift millions out of poverty as well as to enable the region to realize its economic potentials on the global stage.
The summit, scheduled for Tuesday 16th November, 2021, will attract other outstanding personalities in the public and private sectors and youth leaders like Lagos state commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr. Segun Dawodu; Commissioner for Commerce, Dr. (Mrs.) Lola Akande; former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos State, Mr. Olasupo Sashore SAN; Managing Director, Imperial Homes Mortgage Bank, Mr. Ayo Olowookere, Lagos Youth Ambassador, Ms. Akanni-Shele Funmilayo etc