L-R: Father of the Award Recipient, Mr. Kolawole, the Award Recipient, Miss Oluwatunmininu Kolawole, the Special Adviser to the Governor of Lagos State on Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Mr. Mobolaji Ogunlende and the NYSC Lagos State Coordinator, Mrs. Yetunde Baderinwa
The Lagos State Government has presented a Meritorious Service Award and a cash gift of Five Hundred Thousand Naira to an ex National Youths Corps Member that served in the state under the 2021 Batch “B” Stream Two.
The Corps member, Miss Oluwatunmininu Kolawole, a Law graduate from the University of Lagos was recognised for championing a project that got Fifty girls that were Out-of-School- in five slums in Lagos State back to school.
The Special Adviser to the Governor of Lagos State on Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Mr. Mobolaji Ogunlende presented the award of excellence on behalf of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the Swearing-in of the 2022 Batch “C” Corps members posted to Lagos State, at the NYSC Orientation Camp in Iyana-Ipaja.
He said that the selfless guesture exhibited by the Corps member was in line with the state government’s drive at ensuring that every child has access to free and quality education in Lagos State.
He explained that the award of excellence and a cash gift of five hundred thousand naira the government gave to Miss Kolawole for her selfless service clearly portrayed the Lagos State government’s commitment to supporting any programme or initiative geared towards making life better for the people.
Mr. Ogunlende however, advised the new Corps members posted to Lagos state to borrow a leaf from Miss Kolawole by coming up with laudable projects that would inpart the people positively.
In a response, Miss Kolawole who gathered the Out Of School Girls from Ajegunle, Makoko, Ilaje, Mushin and Surulere said she was able to assist the girls under a Project she tagged, “Adopt Fifty Girls Back To School”.
The Law graduate said she had set up a formidable partnership with the National Youths Service Corp, NYSC and other organisations to ensure that the project is sustained.
Earlier, the NYSC Lagos State Coordinator, Mrs. Yetunde Baderinwa advised the new Corps members posted to Lagos state to take every training they would be exposed to during and after the Orientation Course seriously in order to acquire relevant skills that would help them to be self reliant after the service year.
Reporting by Kikelomo Ifekoya; Editing by Chinasa Ossai