The Government of Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola promised to employ 20,000 volunteers within 100 days in Office and this was achieved under the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES), a model, the first of its kind, commended and currently being understudied by the World Bank and a number of states in the country. A sum of two hundred million naira (N200m), which is the volunteer allowance is being injected monthly into the state economy through the OYES initiative. The scheme has now been running for over 2 years. OYES, which is a two year rolling scheme has engaged another 20,000 participant who are serving in various sectors in the state. Local content delivery has been incorporated into this scheme as the kits and working tools being used are produced in Osun, thus reducing capital flight from the State. Mandatorily, 60% of the empowerment opportunities from government are allocated to these volunteers as part of the ‘exit plans’ for the programme.
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