The Governor of Ondo state, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, has urged youth in the state to explore windows of opportunities created by his administration towards job creation, self reliant and development.
The Governor also noted that his administration would continue to prioritise the needs of the youth and continue to position them as next generation leaders.
He stated these in his address to mark this year International Youth Day celebration held virtually due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
The Governor who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Hon Temitayo Oluwatuyi explained that his administration has provided over eighty thousand jobs for youth through various youth empowerment such as youth on ridges, micro-credit facilities, entrepreneurial development programmes and skill acquisition schemes.
He noted that the goal of his administration is to encourage youth to be great entrepreneurs and captains of industry that will drive the economy.
He said he would gear up efforts towards youth capacity building and value reorientation which is the bedrock of his administration towards human capital development initiative.
The Governor who reminded the youth of their civil obligation to the people of the state encouraged them to be its worthy ambassadors at national and international forums promising to continually include them in governance and consider their advice for policy making.
Earlier in his welcome address, the state Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Dotun Owanikin Esq. felicitated with the youth and appreciated the state Governor for his support and assistance to the youth at all times.
He said the theme of the celebration which was ‘ Youth Engagement for Global Action’ sought to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at local, national and global levels is enriching national and multinational institutions.
He said their engagement in decision making process of government apparatus would significantly contribute to better and more sustainable developmental policies.
Discussing the theme of the day, the Executive Director of a Non Governmental Organisation, Enough is Enough, Yemi Adamolekun made case for more government investment in education especially to meet the global standard and trend occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic for easy teaching and learning.
She urged the people and the government to prioritise education and desist from rating education with price stressing that education can be high but still affordable.
Another resource person, a marketing expert and young global leader, Ifedayo Durosinmi-Etti advocated for youth empowerment urging the youth to erase the mindset of searching for white collar jobs but be self reliant.
The event had in attendance youth within and outside the state and was moderated by Abiola Obanoyen, a public affairs commentator and CEO of Face to Face Communication Limited.
Ministry of Youth & Sports Development.