Hardship: Stay off crime, Commissioner advises youths

Mr. Mobolaji Ogunlende, the Lagos State Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, has advised youths in the state to stay off crime and focus on self-development.

Ogunlende gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, against the backdrop of the harsh economic situation.

“We all know that times are tough, which is why my governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, rolled out palliative measures. I know it’s not easy for young, impressionable people in this economy.

“Crime, no matter how it’s coloured or disguised, will never be the way out. The temptation is high; I want to encourage youths to be patient with themselves and stay out of trouble.

“Continue to be hardworking. Take advantage of the current palliative measures; get your cowry cards to ease your movement,” Ogunlende said.

On the surge of area boys (agbero) on the streets of Lagos, the commissioner told NAN that this was a result of clearing under the bridges across the state.

“We want a safe Lagos for everyone. After clearing some of the underbridges, which were their hideout, they now have no choice but to surface.

“We’re aware. Myself and the Commissioner of Police, Environment, and RRS are in partnership to address this. We’re handling it,” the commissioner said. (NAN)

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