Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, has advocated for a development of the mind, rather than developing the stomach.
He made the call on Tuesday at the fifth anniversary of the uniformed voluntary clubs in the state’s public schools.
Some of the clubs at the event included the Boys’ Scout, Red Cross Society, Brownies, Sheriff Guard, Boys and Girls Brigade as well as the African Lad and Lasses Brigade.
Fashola, who delivered the keynote address on the occasion, urged the pupils to imbibe the tenets of the various clubs to which they belonged.
The governor said, “There is one infrastructure, the infrastructure of the mind. Some people have opted to develop the infrastructure of the stomach. I am convinced that when they reflect on it, they will understand that educating and equipping the mind is the best way of preparing to feed them.
“As you proceed in your education what will stand you out is what you know. Your character will define how people relate to you. I cannot recall any incident that a Sheriff Guard uniform was found at the scene of a crime; it has never been reported. But there is nothing esoteric about the uniform. But it is the character of the people who wear the uniform that defines the uniform.
“The choice that you make will determine whether there will be a sixth edition of this programme. But I can assure you that as long as the All Progressives Congress government is in place, this programme will continue to hold”.