Governor Rauf Aregbesola has been lauded on his youth empowerment and engagement policies which have placed the Youths of the state of Osun as role models and in front burners worldwide.
The Commissioner, Ministry of Empowerment and Youth Engagement Mrs. Mofolake Adetoun Adegboyega made this known during a courtesy visit by the Youth Empowerment and Social Support Operation (YESSO) Programme Implementation Unit.
Mrs. Adegboyega stated that the creation of State of Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) gave birth to Youth Empowerment and Social Support Operation (YESSO) at the federal level, and has been embraced and implemented in states of the federation.
She affirmed the readiness of the ministry to collaborate with YESSO in achieving the set goals as championed by the Aregbesola government.
In his speech, the Head of Unit, Youth Empowerment and Social Support Operation, who doubles as the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth Empowerment, Mr. Olugbenga Odulaja, stated that the State of Osun is one of the pilot States where the targeted beneficiaries for the Federal Government Empowerment programme are poor individuals through community based target register done by State Operation Coordinating Unit (SCOU) across the state.
Odulaja stated that the Federal Government and World Bank Assisted Project, set to run for seven years, to promote massive youth engagement which will eliminate poverty in two hundred and ninety-four communities in Osun.
He added that the beneficiaries will be closely monitored for Empowerment by their community, local government and YESSO Unit Supervisors at the state and federal level.
In his remarks, the Training and Communication Head of the unit, who is also State of Osun Senior Special Adviser to the governor on General Duties, Dr. Olufemi Oyedele stated that potential beneficiaries will be given orientation just as he asked for the support of all stakeholders.
Oyedele also lauded Governor Rauf Aregbesola for meeting the standard required by the World Bank.