Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has stated that the establishment of the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) was to re-energise the state’s badly deflated economy.
Addressing 20,000 volunteers of the scheme at a ceremony to flag off their training in Osogbo, Aregbesola noted that many years of visionless leadership had rendered the state’s economy prostrate.
He however expressed optimism that the injection of funds into the project would bring about remarkable difference in the state’s economy.
Urging volunteers to be ready to be part of the wheel of change in the state, Aregbesola said, “What is important is your readiness to be part of the wheel of progress that is already rolling in our state.
‘’For good, Osun will never be the same again. In every sphere of life, this state of ours will be the leading state in Nigeria.
‘’I used to say that from this small space that Osun occupies, we want to tell the world that Blacks cannot be dregs of societies; that we are capable and competent to bring out people and show that indeed, we are part of humanity. I promise you that in the next one year, you will be agents of change.”
He promised that the volunteers would go through the training under the most conducive atmosphere.
He said: “We will not give you anything that will turn you into criminals. We will not give you anything that will make you enemies of the people. All the assignments, all the tasks we will give will be lawful, and will be beneficial to our people
“We need to train you to be physically fit, mentally ready and spiritually attuned to the services you are going to give to the people.
“I know with what you have done today, you are already ready to serve the people. We will make it as enjoyable as possible.”