By Citizens Platform
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has warned youths in the state to refrain from being used to destabilize the state.
The governor, who gave the warning in Ibadan on Monday while speaking at the grand finale of the 2013 Youth Week celebrations, also urged them to shun all forms of vices detrimental to their well-being.
He described youths as great assets to any nation having constituted a great percentage of the manpower driving socio-economic development, saying: “This is why proper attention must be paid to issues that relate to their growth and well-being.”
Given the importance of youths, the governor said there should be governmental social interventions geared toward their empowerment and development.
This, he stressed was the reason his administration had taken the issue of youth empowerment seriously through the employment of 20,000 youths in its YES-O scheme.
“In spite of its teething challenges, this is still about the biggest leap forward by any state government in Nigeria in solving the problem of youth employment in its state,’’ he said.
Ajimobi said some of the YES-O cadets had been given permanent employment in the state Civil Service.
He said some of the YES-O cadets had also undergone specialised training in different vocations with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF).
Ajimobi noted that the wealth creation programme organised by the Agency for Youth Development in 2012 provided opportunity for the participants to go through intensive skill acquisition training in branding and customizing, hair-dressing and barbing.
According to the governor, all these efforts are geared toward making youths to be gainfully employed after exiting from the YES-O scheme.
In his address, the Chairman, Oyo State Agency for Youth Development, Hon. Olugbenga Olayemi, charged youths to give their full support to the Ajimobi administration.
On his part, the Chairman, National Youth Council of Nigeria, Akeem Babalola, pledged the support of youths to the administration.
Source: Citizens Platform
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