Community leaders across the State have been called upon to embrace self-help through volunteerism as a means of tackling development challenges and social issues in their respective communities.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Civic Engagement, Mr. Benjamin Olabinjo made the call on Friday during an awareness campaign on volunteerism at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.
Olabinjo expressed the belief that embracing volunteerism will help in no small measure in building community social relationship where everyone can feel happy, safe and ultimately fulfilled.
He said: “It is in recognition of the importance of volunteerism that the Office of Civic Engagement is embarking on regular sensitisation of the Community Development Associations (CDAs), the youths and well-meaning individuals on the need to embrace this approach as a means of tackling developmental challenges and social issues in their respective communities”.
Olabinjo also used the occasion to encourage all the relevant stakeholders to endeavour to identify individuals and groups in their respective communities that can work together to deliver shared aspiration of the people.
He informed that the Office of Civic Engagement had also devised means of recognising and rewarding communalism and selfless sacrifices capable of enhancing the growth and development of the State.
The Special Adviser stressed that volunteerism should not be viewed from the perspective of charity, but be seen as the way by which active, apolitical citizenry recognise needs and provide the required services well before the government or other institutions do.
Dr. Dele Ashiru, a Political lecturer speaking at the event, said that the sophisticated level which majority of Lagosians have attained in recent times made it mandatory for community members to be more alive to their social responsibilities by complementing the efforts of the State Government.
He maintained that volunteerism has now become a veritable tool for community development in the contemporary world and that the avenue remains largely unexploited by community members across the State.