The Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has disclosed that his administration remains resolute in its efforts to equip younger generations to be competent contributors to the growth and development of the state.
He indicated that his government would not relent in its efforts to continue to seek creative ways of providing employment for the people, particularly the unemployed youths.
The governor said these at the flag-off of the Federal Government Extended Special Public Works Programme (774,000 Jobs) at the Multi-purpose Hall of the Local Government Service Commission, State Secretariat, Abere, Osogbo.
Oyetola lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for his Administration’s commitment and a keen interest in youth empowerment, adding that the initiative was in line with Osun’s Development Agenda aimed at guaranteeing and securing a better future for the teeming Osun youths.
The governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Benedict Alabi, said that his administration has developed workable modalities named “Osun Youth Policy” that articulates government’s vision, objectives and plans in driving its focused agenda for the young people.
“In many ways, this programme aligns with our Administration’s agenda of equipping our young people to be competent contributors to the growth and development of our state. You will recall that only recently, we codified a comprehensive Youth Policy that articulates our vision, objectives and plans in driving our focused agenda for our young people.
“All our existing programmes, including the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES), Post-COVID 19 Recovery Plan, are already being recalibrated for employment generation and better service delivery. We shall not relent in our efforts to continue to seek creative ways of providing employment for our youths and our people,” Oyetola added.
The governor urged the beneficiaries of the programme to justify the confidence reposed in them by using the opportunity provided by the government to give their best in the service of the nation and the state.
“The programme, though a short-term response to the rising spate of unemployment in our country, deserves to be commended for its ambitious coverage and transparent recruitment process.
“With 1,000 beneficiaries drawn from each of the 774 local governments in the country, this programme further mobilises our young people to contribute to societal development while also earning a modest income within the space of three months, in the first instance. Again, this programme communicates the readiness of Mr President to address the urgent need to provide economic empowerment for our teeming youth population,” Oyetola added.
In his remarks, Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for being committed to the welfare and well-being of the citizens.
Aregbesola who was represented by former Commissioner for Agriculture, Adekunle Ige, described the apex government’s initiative as one that would fastrack the quest to ensure quick recovery of the nation’s economy which was hitherto lost to the adverse socio-economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Acting Director-General, National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Abubakar Fikpo, applauded Buhari for the noble intent that gave birth to the national employment scheme aimed to take the citizens out of the scourge of poverty and unemployment.
Fikpo who was represented by his Deputy, Ismail Yekini, reassured the capacity of the NDE to successfully execute the programme and justify the confidence reposed in it by the central government.
“This is a significant scheme designed to combat mass unemployment rate and alleviate poverty in our dear country. With this programme, the scourge of poverty and joblessness will be drastically reduced.
“We commend President Buhari for the confidence he has in NDE to implement the programme as we assure him of our capacity to deliver as we are conscious of Mr. President’s commitment to using the scheme to mitigate the adverse effects of the global Coronavirus pandemic”, he added.
Those in attendance were Speaker, Osun House of Assembly, Timothy Owoeye who was represented by Hon. Kunle Akande; Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji; Head of Service, Dr Festus Oyebade Olowogboyega; Members of State Executive Council; market women, led by Iyaloja General, Alhaja Awawu Asindemade; traditional rulers; members of National Directorate of Employment, among others.