Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has advised the youths in the state to imbibe virtues of good character, excellence, calmness, and integrity in life.
The governor gave this advice in his Oke Mosan Abeokuta office on Tuesday while receiving the winner of the just-concluded 2020 Big Brother Naija reality show, Olamilekan Agbelesebioba popularly known LAYCON.
Governor Abiodun who said he was impressed by the brilliance and comportment of the Ogun State born winner, appointed him as a youth ambassador of the state, and gifted him a three- bedroom bungalow and a cash donation of N5million.
The governor noted that LAYCON’s performance in the reality show was no fluke, adding that his academic feat at the University of Lagos was legitimately earned.
He said this has also shown that our universities could still produce graduates that were found worthy in character and good learning.
While he hoped that his performance would serve as an inspiration to the youths in the state, the governor expressed the optimism that LAYCON would help inspire the teeming youths to channel their energies towards positive engagements and shun vices such as robbery, drug abuse, cultism, advanced fee fraud, cybercrimes and kidnapping among other negative tendencies.
He described LAYCON’s conduct in the House as a demonstration of the Omoluabi component, the primary ingredient of an Ogun State born Nigerian, observing that despite all the odds, temptations and provocations, he was able to come out unscathed, shunning any scandal or immoral act in the House.
His words, “Indeed, what we are celebrating today is much more than the entertainment that the House provided, but what you represent: a rare combination of prodigious intellect, academic excellence, multi-faceted talents, character and resilience. I believe, your career will draw inspiration from great sons and daughters of Ogun State who have made their mark in their chosen careers.”
The Governor urged parents and guardians to help in nurturing individual talents of their children and wards to enable them to be useful to themselves and the society in the future.
Looking at LAYCON as a budding artiste, he noted that parents and guardians, should realize that there was life outside the four walls of classrooms, as entertainers are also successful men and women who are contributing to national development.
He said his administration would continue to unleash the creative energies of the youth and the generality of the people as innovators, academic, researchers, entertainers, creative artists in the public or private sector, formal or non-formal, in and outside Ogun State, for the continued development of the State, and Nigeria as a whole.
To achieve this, Prince Abiodun revealed that plans are at advanced stage to build an Entertainment Village for film makers, artists and musicians where their skills could be nurtured.
Responding to the governor’s niceties, LAYCON commended him for his youth-oriented programmes and promised to work with him to ensure that the “Building Our Future Together” mantra of his government was successful.