Ex-Deputy Head Girl, Soniregun, Emerges Speaker of 5th Lagos Youth Parliament.

In a significant development underscoring the vibrant youth representation in Lagos State, Kakalistiq.com reports that Soniregun Itunuoluwa Maria, a former Deputy Head Girl of Government Senior College in Agege, has been elected as the first female Speaker of the 5th Lagos State Youth Parliament.

Miss. Soniregun Itunuoluwa Maria

Soniregun’s ascendancy to the speakership position was met with widespread acclaim, particularly considering her remarkable academic background and community engagement. Hailing from the same constituency as the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, Soniregun’s election is no doubt an exemplary coincidence.

In her acceptance speech, Speaker Soniregun emphasized the importance of providing a platform for the voices of young people from all constituencies. She stressed the need for youth to gain experience and learn from diverse perspectives to contribute meaningfully to societal development.

“When young people are given the opportunity to engage and contribute, we create a better society for ourselves and future generations,” Soniregun stated, reflecting on the significance of youth empowerment and active participation in governance.

Inaugurating the 5th Assembly of the Lagos Youth Parliament, the Lagos State government reiterated its commitment to prioritizing youth-oriented programs and initiatives. Hon. Mobolaji Ogunlede, the Commissioner of Youths and Social Development, delivered an impassioned speech underscoring the importance of the event in shaping future leaders. He emphasized the administration’s dedication to promoting excellence and transparency in governance, ensuring that only the most qualified youths are entrusted with leadership roles.

Hon. Mobolaji Ogunlende

Hon. Orekoya Abiodun, Chairman of the House Committee on Youths and Social Development, echoed the sentiment of preparing the youth for the future. He emphasized the need to redirect focus towards legislative duties and collaborate closely with the Lagos State House of Assembly to enhance legislative skills.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Pharm (Mrs) Toyin Oke-Osanyintolu, urged the newly inaugurated Assembly members to seize the opportunity to initiate transformative programs for youth development. She emphasized the importance of utilizing the platform offered by the Youth Assembly to add value to the lives of millions of youths residing in Lagos State.

The establishment of the Lagos Youth Parliament seeks to empower young individuals and amplify the needs and aspirations of the youth constituency. With Soniregun Maria Itunuoluwa at the helm as Speaker, alongside her dedicated colleagues, the 5th Lagos State Youth Parliament is poised to bring about positive change and ensure robust youth representation in Lagos State politics.

Kaka Babatunde

Kaka Babatunde

I am Kaka Babatunde, a budding academic researcher and media enthusiast whose experience in the media industry spans 3 years under @Ekohotblog as a field reporter. I'm a writer, serial volunteer, and community and youth development enthusiast whose collaborative efforts have immensely contributed to nation-building in Epe LGA, Lagos.

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