Dr. Obafemi Hamzat said this during a courtesy visit by the Lagos State Scout Council yesterday at his Ikeja office.
He opined that the role of Organisations like the scout has become more important in this era when young people as young as nine years old are now cultists.
The Deputy Governor urged young people to resist peer influences that usually lead them to vices and crime, adding that associations like the scout provide better character-forming influences.
Further speaking, Hamzat urged those already in the scout to adhere to the principles that have over the years made it an organization for young people.
While promising the support of the Sanwo-Olu Administration towards their various activities, the Deputy Governor urged the leadership of Scout Council to always provide an avenue for young people to shun vices and violence.
Led by the State Council Commissioner, Mr. Adebesin Oyeyemi, the Scout Council noted that it is an organization determined to mould character and contribute to the education of young people who join its fold.
According to him, ‘the mission of scouting is to contribute to the education of these young people and ensure value the change’.
Oyeyemi averred that parents needs to create time to know their children and wards despite their busy schedule. He added that by so doing, a large number of young people will be weaned off crime.
Announcing the participation of the Nigeria Scout at the 24th World Jamboree, holding between the 22nd July to 2nd August 2019, in West Virginia U.S.A, he disclosed that Lagos State has 91 members out of the 230 members going.
He explained that this event will be a channel for the development of the Nigerian Youths, that the jamboree will showcase the cultural nature of each state in the country.
Present at the event were the Permanent Secretaries of the Office of the Deputy Governor, Mrs Yetunde Odejayi and Dr. (Mrs) Bolajoko Balogun of Youth, Sports and Social Development among others.