Aregbesola Marks First Anniversary Of OYES

Says Scheme Is Response To Insensitivity Of Past Govs

AMID fanfare, the Osun State Government on Saturday marked the first anniversary of its Youth Empowerment Scheme, (OYES).

Governor Rauf Aregbesola described the scheme as his administration’s response to the insensitivity of previous governments on the plight of unemployed youths.

The event witnessed the inauguration of six new cadres to the scheme— Green Gangs; Sanitation Czars; The Paramedics; Traffic Marshal Gang; The Sheriff Guard and Environmental Gang.

The event also witnessed a heavy downpour, which Aregbesola described as God’s shower of blessing of on the employment initiative.

In attendance was the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who branded the programme a praiseworthy initiative to move the country out of the throes of unemployment.

In his speech, Aregbesola said forward looking governments anywhere in the world invest in youths for a better society, noting that youths are essential agents for nation building.

“Youths,” Aregbesola said, “represent the reality of today and the promise of tomorrow. They are great agents of change; essential blocks for nation building. No amount or efforts should be spared therefore to give them focus and purpose in life.

“This essential responsibility,” he continued, “has been neglected for too long. Hence, OYES is the response of our administration to the insensitivity of the immediate past government in the state which viewed our youth as nothing more than political thugs and tools for self-aggrandisement.”


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