Course 22 participants of the National Defence College Abuja have commended the Government of the State of Osun for using its Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) and other strategic youth engagement programmes to reduce youth restiveness in the state.
This was the conclusion of the Course 22 members during its presentation following the study tour of Osun with the theme: ‘Infrastructure as Catalyst for Development in the State of Osun: Issues and Prospects.” at the Sani Abacha Hall of the National Defence College in Abuja.
Navy Captain B E Dauda on behalf of participants applauded the Governor Rauf Aregbesola-led administration in Osun for its OYES initiative that has become a model for other states in Nigeria on how to bring unemployment to its barest minimum in spite of the meagre resources at its disposal.
He also commended the state for its financial ingenuity which has allowed the state to embark on developmental projects that has restored progress and prosperity to people of the state.
According to him, “I want to use the opportunity of this presentation of the Course 22 participants of the National Defence College Abuja following a Geo-Strategic tour recently carried out by us to commend Aregbesola’s three year old administration.
“This among others is to applaud Osun for using the OYES to arrest idleness and restiveness among youths by profitably engaging them despite the fluctuations in federal allocations.
“Our geo strategic tour of the state indicates prudent management of resources accruing to the twenty two year old state under Gov Rauf Aregbesola’s administration”. The Naval Officer pointed out.
He revealed that the fluctuation and dwindling Federal allocations to states in the country poses significant threats to infrastructural regeneration in states of the Federation.
Group Captain Iroubuisi in his own remarks held that the Course 22 found out during its stay in Osun that there is an appreciable decrease in crime rate in the state as a result of the engagement of youth through the OYES scheme.
He also commended Governor Aregbesola for its government’s internal revenue generation as well as massive encouragement given to farmers committed to agriculture.
In his words, “We of the Course 22 of the National Defence College want to commend Osun for the robust security infrastructure provided in the state.
“Our findings have also revealed a sharp decrease in crime rate in the state as a result of the engagement of youth through the OYES scheme of the government.” Group Captain Iroubuisi stressed.
In his response, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Osun, Mr. Sunday Akere, noted that figures of the National Bureau of Statistics identified Osun as NO 1 in public schools enrolment.
The Commissioner held that the feat was achieved as a result of the state’s investment of N12. 7million daily for the feeding of pupils in primary schools across the state.
Hon. Akere also added that, “it was on record that twenty one states of the country were ravaged by flood last year, but for the foresight of our amiable governor, the state has not recorded any since the inception of the administration in the state because of the regular channelisation and dredging of waterways in the state.
“Aside the OYES scheme which you have noted, various companies to mention a few like the Omoluabi Garment Factory, RLG, an Information Technology company are some companies established in the state to provide employments for the youths of the state.” The Commissioner revealed.