Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode an All Progressives Congress APC, guber aspirant in Lagos State, is the Founder of La Roche Leadership Foundation,The foundation established in 2013 has executed various projects geared towards different change agents to promote a culture of national patriotism and rebuild the collapsed value system in the country in general: Olasunkanmi Akoni writes.
Worried by the dwindling values in the public space as well as reverse Nigeria’s descent from grace to grass, former Accountant-General of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode recently, unveiled an initiative, Flag Project, mainly for Lagos schools.
Ambode lamented the breakdown of value system even as he complained about the disappearance of patriotism in the public space. He bemoaned the neglect of civic culture, from which he said what a society “stands for flows. But our intervention is to restore value system to our schools and inculcate them in our children.”
Ambode shared his burden at the first phase of the project, which benefited six public schools in the state, four in Lagos Island Division and two in Epe Division. He said the idea was designed to put back the flags of Nigeria and Lagos State in all our schools and instil the values the flags teach in essence and in reality.
He said: “It is a project that aims to put the Nigerian and Lagos State Flags in all public schools in Lagos State. The Flags Project is particularly concerned with instilling leadership qualities in, as well as sensitising the children and youths of these schools, on the values of good citizenship and National pride.”
Aside from the flag project, Ambode also said the foundation had conceived the tool box project “to assist graduates of Lagos State Technical Colleges, who desire to become self-employed by gifting them tool boxes, stressing that the project would help depopulate the labour market.
According to Ambode, the initiative supports the state government in its desire to create entrepreneurs and focus on youths becoming self employed through skill acquisition. “Every year, the foundation gives 100 tool boxes to deserving graduates to help them on their way to becoming self employed.”
Already, the foundation had started working different social agents, bloggers, journalists and social entrepreneurs among others.
To help realise Ambode’s dream of rebuilding the country’s value system the social agents include; the Street to School Initiative, Women Technology Empowerment Centre (WTEC), Beyond the Classroom Foundation and Bella Naija among others.
However, recently in Ikoyi, the foundation recognised 13 social entrepreneurs for different roles they had been playing to impact on their communities.