By Core Reporters
The Governor of Osun state, Gboyega Oyetola has inaugurated 774,000 Federal Government Extended Special Public Works Programme in Osogbo.
Gov. Oyetola on Monday said that the initiative of the public work was in line with Osun’s Development Agenda, aimed at guaranteeing and securing a better future for the teeming youths in the state.
“This programme, through a short-term response to the rising spate of unemployment in our country, deserves to be commended for its ambitious coverage and transparent recruitment process.
“With 1,000 beneficiaries drawn from each of the 774 local governments in the country, this programme further mobilises our young people to contribute to societal development.
“This will earn a modest income within the space of three months, in the first instance.
“Again, this programme communicates the readiness of President Muhammadu Buhari to address the urgent need to provide economic empowerment for our teeming youth population”.
Gov. Oyetola who was represented by his deputy, Benedict Alabi, said that the administration was resolute in its efforts to equip young people to be competent contributors to the growth and development of the state.
The governor said the administration would not relent in its efforts to continue to seek creative ways of providing employment for the people, particularly the unemployed youths.
“In many ways, this programme aligns with our administration’s agenda of equipping our young people to be competent contributors to the growth and development of our state.
“All our existing programmes, including the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES), Post-COVID 19 Recovery Plan, are already being recalibrated for employment generation and better service delivery.
“We shall not relent in our efforts to continue to seek creative ways of providing employment for our youths and our people”, Oyetola added.
In his remarks, Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for being committed to the welfare and well-being of the citizens.
Aregbesola was represented by Adekunle Ige, a former Commissioner for Agriculture in the state.
He described the FG’s initiative as one that would fast track the quest to ensure quick recovery of the nation’s economy, which was hitherto lost to the adverse socio-economic effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.