A non- governmental organisation, Project Alimosho Music Fashion and Award Show and some artistes have solicited the support of the Lagos State Government (LASG) to use talent hunt to curb crime rate in the Alimosho Local Government Area of the state.
The Coordinator of the NGO with bias for talent hunts, Mr. Temitope Ogunleye, made the appeal during a joint news conference in Lagos.
Ogunleye said youth restiveness could be arrested by positively developing their potential through talent development.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the NGO is a trade event for promoting skills acquisition in fashion design and talentsâ€™ exhibition.
Ogunleye said the groupâ€™s upcoming talents hunt in music scheduled for August 18 in Egbeda near Lagos would help youths to develop their dreams and visions in music, fashion and creative art.
According to Ogunleye, the event tagged â€œProject Alimosho Musical Contestâ€ is an annual event which began in 2017 to hunt for talented youths.
â€œI started the vision to remove the stereotype that is associated Alimosho with only crime and other bad things.
â€œThere are talented youths in the area that need proper mentoring to showcase Lagos to the world, three of such youth were discovered and empowered in our 2017 talent hunt.
â€œIf they support us, crime rate will be drastically reduced and this will be good for us and our neighbouring communities.
â€œWe grew up in Alimosho and know every nook and cranny of the community; the youths here are talented but the weakness most of them have is that they are not empowered.
â€œWe need to showcase Alimosho by promoting the creative minds there,â€ Ogunleye said.
He urged youths to visit Project Alimosho website on www.projectalimosho.com to get details on how to be part of its musical talent show.
Also, an artiste, Oladimeji Abidakun, said that Project Alimosho would serve as a platform where relevant stakeholders in the creative and entertainment industry could interact.
Abidakun, popularly known as Ken 2 Natural, added that the group was collaborating with security agencies to provide adequate security during the event.
Another artiste, Essence Okoro, who had benefited from the talent hunt, said she had achieved so much after the last programme.
She said it was during the last programme that Kennyâ€™s Music discovered and promoted her.
Okoro advised youths to take advantage of the opportunity the Alimosho Project would provide to showcase their talents in music, fashion and modeling.