By Timothy Agbor/OSOGBO
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun state has charged the federal government to make good provisions for youths in its programmes and agenda for the country, stressing the importance of youths to the development of any nation.
The party gave this charge through the former acting Chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, Elder Adelowo Adebiyi in a statement signed by the party’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Barr Kunle Oyatomi, to felicitate with youths in the state on this year’s occasion of the International Youths Day.
The statement made available to journalists in Osogbo also advised youths to make good use of their youthful days, stating the need for self development at an early stage of their individual life.
Adebiyi therefore advised the federal government to borrow a leave from the youths oriented programmes embarked upon by the Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola administration in Osun state.
According to him, youths occupy a special place in the sustenance of the country’s race and civilization, hence the need for their development in all ramifications.
His words: “How the youths are treated, brought up and groomed for the future role in society is critical to how any society develops or stagnates.
“Unfortunately for us in Nigeria the youths are increasingly becoming an endangered species, poorly educated, unemployed and left to roam the streets for lack of opportunities to be creatively engaged in society. For most of our youths today, their future is hardly guaranteed because they are in a crisis situation where good education is increasingly becoming a preserve of privileged, youths of rich parentage, while less privileged young people struggle to make an impression.
“This unfortunate situation is being seriously addressed in the State of Osun by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola who has done more than any other leader, after Chief Obafemi Awolowo, to help young people develop themselves and give expression to their creativity.
“Aregbesola’s government has for instance made education less difficult to access; Ogbeni has in 30 months given jobs to 40,000 youths who before his coming were jobless for God knows how long. But by far the most important thing about this employment exercise of the OYES programme is that most, if not all of these Osun youths without specific skills were trained in one or the other profession to prepare them for self-employment in the absence of a permanent job.
“The State of Osun is proud of its youths, and the APC government here is determined, within the limits of its resources, to cater to the needs for the symmetrical leadership and human capital development that our society requires to excel”.