Oyo State Government on Tuesday trained sixty (60) youths on non-oil export business for their economic self reliance.
Speaking on the theme,’YOUTHS INVOLVEMENT ON NON-OIL EXPORT BUSINESS FOR ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION’, the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Seun Fakorede reiterated the present administration’s commitment to the welfare of youths, adding that their involvement in the socio-economic and political development of our immediate society and the nation at large is key.
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He said, “I am proud to inform you that Oyo Sate is the first state to implement this kind of programme. This was borne out of the concern and commitment of the present administration on Youth engagement and empowerment.”
Speaking at Western Hall, Secretariat Ibadan, venue of the one day programme, Fakorede noted that the present administration under Engr. Seyi Makinde through the Ministry of Youths and Sports, is ready to partner with well meaning individuals and corporate organizations who are willing to contribute their quota to youth empowerment.
“We have no alternative but to invest on our youths. Our failure to do so, will have devastating consequences as already witnessed in some parts of this country”, he stressed.
Speaking with journalists after the training, the guest speaker, Bolanle Emmanuel said the purpose of the programme was to enlighten youths on the viable export trade.
She noted that majority of youths wait endlessly for nonexisting jobs, the act which she described as inappropriate.
In her words, “their parents have spent so much on them, even at the peak of the COVID-19. There are lots of opportunities they could engage in to earn their living. By this, we have encouraged and sensitised them on what they can do.”
Participants commended the Oyo state Governmentvfor organizing such training at a peculiar time as this.
They added that lessons learnt at the training would be utilized in their different endeavors.