About 7,000 pupils drawn from primary and secondary schools across Lagos State have been trained on morality, entrepreneurship and leadership at a five-day camping programme held in Lagos.
The programme, organised by the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit, witnessed some professionals mentoring the pupils’ on ways to combat societal challenges.
President of the MSSN in Lagos State, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, said that apart from the 7,000 pupils that were trained during the first phase of the camping programme, about 3,000 undergraduates from various tertiary institutions would undergo training in the second phase of the camp.
He said this at the formal opening of the 104th Islamic Vacation Course camp organised by the MSSN in Lagos.
He said, “It gives us delight that we have been able to touch the lives of about 7,000 youths with this camping programme. The delegates have undergone training on leadership, morality and even entrepreneurship. We are delighted with their level of understanding and cooperation.
“Our hope is that as the delegates go out of the camping programme, they will effect a change in any society that they find themselves.”
Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Adebule, urged the organisers of the programme not to derail from its objectives.
The deputy governor, who was represented by a director in the Civil Service Office of Lagos State, AbdurRazak Ekemode, also urged pupils in the state to imbibe the spirit of peaceful co-existence.
She said, “IVC serves as an avenue to orientate Muslim students towards the right mindset of nation building, entrench moral brightness, entrepreneurship, brotherhood and to revive spiritually of students across all cadres.
“Our state has the enviable record of being a place where adherents of all faiths coexist peacefully without any rancor. Our government will continue to promote this through policies and programs that will make life better and brighter for all our citizens.”