By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State, Dr Akin Ogunbiyi has said that no state can build a peaceful societies and boast of major developments without empowering the youth.
He further said that the state must also invest in poverty eradication programmes and social equality as well as make education more inclusive.
Ogunbiyi who stated this in a press statement signed by his Press Secretary, Ismail Afolabi to commemorate this year World Humanitarian Day also harped on the need for Osun State Government to ensure that its developmental drives are human-centred and people-oriented.
The PDP stalwart further charged the state governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola on integrated development, stressing that empowering people, especially the youth, is the sine-qua-non of authentic development.
According to him, “Osun exhibits peculiar economic crisis. At least, three out of every 10 homes in Osun needs intervention while the worst hit are the vulnerable children and helpless youths. As a result, the youth who are making efforts on their own must be supported.
“Also, from all indications, significant efforts are still required to make education systems more inclusive and accessible. For a fact, now is the time that bursary is crucial to Osun indigenes in higher institutions considering the economic distress and hardship faced by indigent students in various higher institutions.
“This view is underscored by the fact that no state can build peaceful societies and boast of major developments without empowering the youth as well as investing in poverty eradication programmes and social equality.
“Our dear state must, therefore, respect the diverse needs and the abilities of Osun people especially the youth and put in place, programmes that reflect and embrace these unique realities and identities,” he maintained.
Ogunbiyi, thereafter, commended humanitarians in the state for their concerns for the welfare of Osun people. He lauded their undying contributions in making the state a better place.
Celebrated every year on 19 August, World Humanitarian Day is aimed at honouring humanitarian efforts worldwide and propagating the idea of supporting people in distress.