How to achieve national stability, sustainable development – Sanwo-Olu

First Lady of Lagos, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu at the weekend said societal stability and sustainable development by the nation will remain a mirage if proper attention is not accorded the strengthening of family as an important social institution.

Sanwo-Olu, represented by Mrs Olabisi Onigbanjo, spoke at the 2021 Family Day Celebration organised by the Ministry of Youth and Social Development at Adeyemi Nero Auditorium, Alausa.

Stressing the significance of the theme “Stronger Families, Stronger Communities”, the First Lady said, ” this could not have come at a better time given the need to build on the strength of the families as a unifying factor in achieving societal stability and sustainable development.

“The aim therefore is to create awareness on the indelible mark the family institution has made towards emotional, economic and spiritual well being of the people. I am confident that if we are able to sustain strong family institution in our State, prosperous future for all is assured. ”

According to her, the upsurge in social vices like drug abuse, cultism and kidnappings bedevilling the society could be traced to parents abandonment of their responsibilities in pursuit of economic activities to house helps,unwilling neighbours and unhealthy family lifestyle.

Towards economic empowerment to take good care of children, the First Lady disclosed that Lagos State Government under Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has put in place various programmes and policies to empower residents and fight poverty which include opportunities like Employment Trust Fund,Youth and Women Empowerment,among others.

Earlier, Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr Olusegun Dawodu stated that International Day of Family was usually marked globally by Governments and Organisations to celebrate the contribution of the family institution to the stability of the society and create awareness on issues affecting family in order to make the institution stronger in promoting social harmony and stability.


In his words, “the family institution as we all know plays a critical role in our society as a powerful force for social cohesion and integration. As we face multiple challenges in our changing world one factor remains constant: the timeless importance of family and their invaluable contribution in raising the next generation of leaders is commendable.

“The Lagos State Government is therefore committed to elevating and enhancing this institution in its effort to transform the State by promoting the interest of families and children in the State.”

The Guest lecturer, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University, Professor Wahab Elias explained that the family system breeds technology, culture, politics, religion, education, economy and other spheres that make up the totality of the society.

Elias attributed the disruption of the family system to the advent of the Second Industrial Revolution which paved way for divorce and other forms of ills threatening the society.

In the Year 2021 Family Day competition, Mr & Mrs Sufianu Abdulrasheed from Agege L.G took the 1st position; Mr&Mrs Davies from Onigbongbo LCDA took 2nd position and Alhaji & Alhaja S.A.O Ogunnubi from Mushin LG took 3rd position.

All the families representing the 20 LGAs and 37 LCDAs were all presented with certificates and gifts.