Government of the State of Osun has been lauded for using its Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) and other strategic youth engagement programmes to reduce youth restiveness and unemployment rate in the state.
The Course 22 participants of the National Defence College (NDC), Abuja gave the commendation while speaking during the study tour of the state.
Navy Captain B. E. Dauda, on behalf of the participants, applauded the Governor Rauf Aregbesola-led administration in Osun State for its OYES initiative which he said has become a model for other states on how to bring unemployment to its barest minimum.
He also commended the state for its financial ingenuity, which has allowed it to embark on developmental projects that have 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 Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration”, the naval officer pointed out.
He revealed that the fluctuation and dwindling federal allocation to states in the country poses significant threats to infrastructural regeneration in the states.
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 Aregbesola for his 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.” Iroubuisi stressed.