As part of efforts to take the youths of the state out of penury, Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde has said he would partner with the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) to enhance employment opportunities for the youths in the state.
According to a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa on Saturday, the governor stated this while hosting a delegation of the NDE in Oyo state led by the State Coordinator, Alhaji Awosanya.
Makinde who expressed the intention of the state to turn the energy in the youths to assets for developmental purposes, also noted that his government was ready to introduce different youth empowerment schemes that will enable them become gainfully employed and maximise their entrepreneurial potentials.
“Oyo state government will lways be ready to collaborate with any group or organisation on how unemployed youths in the state can be taken out of poverty.
“Oyo state is not ready to set the pace in poverty multiplication among the youths but will do everything that is possible to alleviate poverty in the state,” the governor was quoted as saying.
Makinde stressed that the state will key into different NDE programmes that have to do with the empowerment of youths, positive engagement of the people and things that could reduce social tension and allow youths in the state to be self-reliant and self-sustaining.
“Your agency has the responsibility of assisting youths of the state and our government would cooperate with you by supporting your activities towards providing the training that will make our youths to be self-reliant and self-employed,” Governor Makinde added.
He however assured that the requests of the NDE team would be looked into and that necessary assistance would be provided to the Directorate.