By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State on Wednesday said his administration was poised to fortify the youths for productive engagement, redefine their lives and build a better future for them.
He said the government under his watch would do all humanly possible to provide the framework for all stakeholders to engage, empower, and equip the youths of the state to realise their potential and take advantage of the opportunities available to make positive contributions to the wellbeing of their respective communities in the State.
He disclosed the readiness of government to formulate Osun Youth Policy Document which would enable the youths to take their rightful positions as the most productive, energetic and viable segment of the population.
Oyetola who spoke during the virtual meeting organised by the State Ministry of Youth and Sports while addressing the youths in commemoration of this year 2020 International Youth Day said the Policy, when implemented, will ensure sufficient investment by the State through the provision of resources, skilled labour and facilities.
Oyetola who disclosed that the larger chunck of the government’s policies and programmes are targeted at advancing the productive capacities of the youths, said engaging the youths for positive development would ensure a safer society and a better Osun.
“In order to consolidate on our gains so far, we are putting a Policy Document together, which we shall soon present to the public for inputs and adoption. The State of Osun Youth Policy Document is a fallout of the country’s National Policy on Youth. In our own policy, we will be talking about the 4Es, namely, Youth Education, Youth Engagement, Youth Empowerment and Youth Entrepreneurship.
“This policy sets out guidelines and provides the framework for all stakeholders to engage, empower and equip the youth of the State to realise their potential and take advantage of the opportunities available to make positive contributions to the wellbeing of their communities across the entire State,” Oyetola stated.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Hon. Yemi Lawal, called on youths to wake up to the call of repositioning, rejuvenating and redefining the economy of the State.
Lawal who warned the youths against unlawful acts and things capable of jeopardising their future, said the government would continue to create an enabling environment for them to thrive and succeed.