Lagos, 01 October 2015. As Nigeria marks its 55th Independence anniversary today, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos also flags off its October activities marking the 70th anniversary of the United Nations with a 10-kilometre Lagos Beach half marathon organised in collaboration with Community Agenda For Peace (CAP) a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO).
A total of 58 youths comprising of 42 boys and 16 girls participated in the race which covers the Elegushi, Alfa and Eleko Beach corridor and was meant to promote peace, youth engagement and social inclusion.
Addressing the athletes, the Director of UNIC Lagos, Mr Ronald Kayanja informed the youths of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations and enjoined them to eschew violent conduct and place a greater emphasis on prevention and peaceful resolution of disputes and grievances. He disclosed that the United Nations anniversary will climax around 24 October, the actual date the UN was founded.
In his address, the Executive Director of Community Agenda For Peace, Barrister Phillips Obuesi expressed his appreciation to the athletes who had come from different parts of Lagos and from other states including Plateau in North Central Nigeria. He urged them to be good ambassadors of this event.
Earlier, the immediate past Chairman of Eti-Osa Local Government Area, Prince Lanre Elegushi, welcomed the athletes, the UNIC Director and other partners to the event, adding that he would continue to support creative initiatives especially those that promote peace and youth engagement.
The overall winner of the race was Saka Sanusi (18 years) while the winner among the girls was Olamide Oluwaseun (18 years). All 58 athletes got Certificates of participation. Other prizes for the top performers included medals and tokens.