By Sola Jacobs
Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration has for the umpteenth time been commended for his unprecedented track record in youth employment and empowerment in the annals of the State of Osun.
The commendation came from the State Coordinator, Osun Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO), Mr. Olufemi Ifaturoti while delivering his remarks at the orientation of 1278 beneficiaries of the Public Work-Fare (PWF) component of Osun YESSO held recently in Osogbo, the state capital.
Mr. Ifaturoti who was represented by the Communication Officer, State Operation Coordinating Unit, Osun YESSO, Mr. Oluwamayowa Fagbohungbe maintained that, YESSO is an offshoot of the highly successful Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) Initiative of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s administration which he said had received several accolades, laurels and awards.
The State Coordinator, who equally enjoined the beneficiaries to count themselves lucky to have been part of the laudable programme, admonished them to make the best use of the golden opportunity.
The Commissioner for Empowerment and Youth Engagement, Mrs. Mofolake Adegboyega equally harped on the need for the beneficiaries to allow the globally lauded programme to be a success by giving it 100% commitment.
Mrs. Adegboyega who was represented by Mrs. Omobola Odediji maintained that to whom much is given much is expected, adding that they should endeavour to constantly give the programme their best with a view to coming out very strong at the end of it.
In his address at the event, the Head, Project Implementation Unit (PIU)- PWF, Osun YESSO, Mr. Olugbenga Odulaja congratulated the beneficiaries for being part of the programme, enjoining them not to leave any stone unturned at ensuring that the objective of the support operation is constantly upheld by embracing diligence, responsibility and commitment which are pivotal to the success of the initiative.
Each of the beneficiaries who will be earning the sum of Seven Thousand Five Hundred Naira (N7,500) at the end of every month will be deployed to identified sub-projects across their communities which include cutting of grass verges on roads and footpaths in the communities, proper waste disposal and filling of potholes. They will equally enjoy skill acquisition training once a week for them to be self reliant at the end of the programme.
The objective of the public workfare program is to provide immediate labor-intensive work opportunities for unskilled youths from poor households.