Good morning and Happy International Volunteer Day to us.

I just love this year’s theme because it personally speak to me directly and I don’t know if you also feel the same way. ACT FIRST and this theme actually reminds me of first law of motion… a body will remain in a state of rest unless acted upon by an external force.

There is no better time that the youth of Nigeria and rest of the world needs to act better than NOW. Truth of the matter is what are we acting on or for, you can’t give what you don’t have, and that is why skill acquisition, capacity building, mentorship and unwavering leadership qualities is very important of the youths of today and the understanding of delaying gratification.

By international stand, Youth/Young People are from 15-24 (UN, WHO, UNFPA) In Africa, its 18-34. The youth in that age bracket needs to start acting and be active in all sphere of development of this great nation Nigeria. The numbers should be to our favor not a demerit, but to shape the world, to attain Nigeria of our dream now, we must be involve, we must voice out, we must take part in the responsibility of changing the narrative of this great nation.

The act LG volunteering start with you, start from yourself, help you family, be concern about you community, think of what you can contribute to development of others, doing so you are helping your own self.

 The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others – Mahatma Gandhi and that starts with a smile, you can save the world with a smile,

If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way… That is the spirit of volunteering.



Sheriff Gbadamosi
Coordinator SDGsACT

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