By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
In a bid to develop and empower the youth as well as put them at the centre of the development of the State, the Osun State Governor, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola has launched Osun Youth Policy Document.
According to the governor, the Policy provides a crucial framework for guiding the State’s approach to ensure that large number of youths residing in the State are provided with high quality of life.
Speaking at the launching of the document in Osogbo on Wednesday, Oyetola noted that youths are the face and engine of any meaningful sustainable development but were exclude from participating in critical decision-making pertaining to their lives and activities with dire consequences.
He stated that the newly-unveiled Youth Policy Document has four components 4Es—Youth Empowerment, Youth Engagement, Youth Entrepreneurship and Youth Education saying that Osun Youth Policy contains a commitment by government, the youth of the State and the society in pursuance of youth development and growth.
He said: “As captured in the Policy, youth development is holistic and integrated, requiring the support and active involvement of all relevant Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs), Youth Organisations, Non Governmental Organisations and the Public Sector, Private Sector and Philanthropists.”
Oyetola who described youths as the most productive, efficient and energetic segment of the population, said his Administration has invested tremendously in them as part of efforts to build a virile and sustainable economy and ensure all-round growth and development.
According to him, youths were part of the reasons the Administration came to power, hence, the careful crafting of Osun Development Agenda to bring all the sectors and the people into the development net.
He said his administration has been engaging youths productively as loans ranging from N500,000 to N2, 500,000 were facilitated for 4,650 people and that efforts were on to increase the number of the beneficiaries.
Oyetola added that the unveiling of the Youth Policy Document was to further demonstrate his Administration’s commitment to youth development, saying government remains resolute to continuously engage in research and monitoring, while deploying an effective evaluation template to constantly enrich the initiative and ensure proper and sustainable implementation of the Policy.
Earlier in his remarks, the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Hon. Yemi Lawal, said the newly- launched Youth Policy Document would serve as a veritable tool towards the actualisation of the lofty programmes of the Administration to guarantee a better future for the youth.
Lawal who described the Document as the first in the history of the State expressed confidence in its significance to redefine the socio-economic fortune of the young ones and by extension make life more meaningful and worthwhile for them.