Osun Leads In Youth Empowerment In Nigeria – DG, ITF.

..as Aregbesola says initiative in tandem with Osun policy on empowerment

The Director General and Chief Executive of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Sir Joseph Ari ‎has described Osun as a trail blazer state in the empowerment of youths in Nigeria.

This was just as the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola stated that the ITF’s initiative is in tandem with the philosophies and policy thrust of his administration’s welfarist interventions in the state.

Ari said the present administration in the state led by Governor Rauf Aregbesola has raised the bar of governance through numerous social intervention programmes that had impacted positively on the lives of the citizenry.

The ITF DG made the statement on Wednesday while delivering his speech during the ‎closing ceremony of the National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP) sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment in conjunction with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) at Aurora Conference Centre, Osogbo.

The ITF boss said the state has also demonstrated high sense of commitment ‎towards improving the general well-being of the citizenry as being reflected in the successes recorded by the state on her empowerment programmes.

He disclosed that Osun was chosen after the Federal Capital Territory due to the immense contributions of the Aregbesola’s administration to youth and women empowerment since its inception.

Ari lauded Aregbesola for providing an enabling environment for the youths to thrive in the state, saying the state ‎has been identified as doing much in social intervention programmes.

‎According to him, “the selection of Osun as the second state after the FCT where this programme is held was not only deliberate but also intentional due to the high sense of commitment attached to the youth empowerment by the Governor.

“It is not in doubt that Osun has proven its commitment as a state where empowerment is prioritized particularly the youth empowerment, making the state to be seeing as a leading light in youth empowerment in Nigeria.

“We are all aware of myriads of developmental achievements which the state has made in reducing poverty, tackling the scourge of unemployment and making the youth of the state to be self-sustaining and self-independent.

“These among others are the reasons the state is seen at the centre of empowerment in the country as our visit to the state has further exposed us to many of the successes the state had made to empower her youths and women”, he added.

Aregbesola lauded ITF for being determined in its focus towards reducing the scourge of unemployment in the country with the provision of numerous ‎vocational and technical trainings being organized across Nigeria.

He described the empowerment programme organized in the state as a build-up to the course championed by his administration, saying the occasion will open another window of youth development, actualized through skills acquisition initiatives.


The Governor held that youth development and engagement has also been given attention by his administration, narrating that his government had successfully empowered 40,000 youths through Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES).

According to him, “‎The OYES cadets were not just left hanging, they were given soft landing in agriculture, (O’REAP, O’MEALS, O’BEEF, O’HUB, O’HONEY, O’BOP), O’CLEAN, teaching service, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and sundry other vocations that have become permanent jobs for them.The policy had ramified micro-economic impact on Osun.

“The N200 million monthly allowances we were giving them percolated the grassroots in buying food, paying rent, transportation and buying household goods, thus,three things then followed. One, Osun recorded the lowest unemployment rate in Nigeria. Secondly, the crime rate in the state also fell to national lowest. Lastly, the GDP of Osun rose to become the seventh highest nationally.

“We set up OYES-TECH for the training of youths in the assembly and repairs of electronics, ICT, mobile phones and computers as we have also trained many in agriculture through O’REAP and have sent two batches of agripreneurs to Germany for advanced training in animal husbandry and farming methods.

“So, ‎the ITF’s initiative will keep the youths productively engaged and redirect their often negatively dissipated energies to causes that are most beneficial to them, their families and society. It will also help them to discover, tap appropriately and utilize their talents so they can maximize and utilize their God-given talents and latent potentials to the fullest.

‎”The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has towered prominently for decades in the area of skills impartation, capacity building and Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES).

‎Earlier in ‎her remarks, the Osun Commissioner for empowerment and Youth ‎Engagement, Mrs Mofolake Adetoun Adegboyega, said the state has been able to equip youths of the state through the numerous social intervention programmes designed by the state to eliminate poverty, unemployment and other societal vices.

Adegboyega noted that the state under the administration of Governor Aregbesola has not only nipped in the bud, the scourge of unemployment but also fought to the kneel the poverty and unemployent, noting that the state’s policies and programmes had centred mostly on the people as the state has consciously improved on the well-being of the people through her people’soriented initiatives.

Adegboyega added, “our state has provided a workable and enabling environment for all to succeed particularly the youths as this could be seen in all our interventions.

“Our widely acknowledged and adopted ‎Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) where over 40,000 youths in the stated had benefited has not only raised the bar of governance but gave our people sense of belonging to government and governance”.

Omoluabi Mortgage Bank Empowers Youths In Osogbo

The Omoluabi Mortgage Bank has concluded its two week Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Youth Empowerment Programme tagged “OMB Plc CSR 2017”.

The programme which kicked off on November 22, 2017 at Ideal Nest Hotel, Osogbo, Osun State started with a welcome address from the CFO, Mr. Olusola Levi who reiterated that entrepreneurs rule the global economy, charging participants to think outside the box.

In his words: “Whatever you want to do, do differently even though others are engaged in it and put that extra in the ordinary to make it extra-ordinary”.

The participants were classified into groups of; Agribusiness, Event Planning and Management, Confectioneries and Catering Services, Print designs and Branding, as well as Soap and Detergent Making.

At the Grand finale on December 8, 2017, the Managing Director, Omoluabi Mortgage Bank Plc, Mr. Ayodele Olowookere while presenting Certificates of Participation to participants and facilitators, charged them to ensure that they put to use what they have learnt during the training and never allow anything to limit them.

The height of the evening came when cheques were presented by Mr. Olowookere to the top three participants who distinguished themselves in the training.

The first placed, Mr. Olawale Olaniyi Abdulwaheed was awarded a cash gift of N70,000; the second placed, Miss Awujoola Ebunoluwa was presented a cash gift of N55,000 and third placed, Mr. Salami Gafar was presented a cash gift of N50,000.

For the participants, it was a life changing experience, as they requested for more of such programmes in the years to come.

Some of the participants commended the bank for its initiative in organising such an elaborate programme with high standard.

How Empowered Youths Can Dictate The Security Of A Nation

The economic challenges of the nation have in no small measure affected commitments to managing and checking threats in internal security.

The Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola made this known during the courtesy visit of the staff and students of Armed Forces Command and Staff College, on one week study tour themed; National Security and Youth Empowerment, at the Government House in the state capital.

Governor Aregbesola stated that, it is critical that internal security must never be undermined, and that the challenge faced in higher proportion of security is same with countries in African sub sahara.

Linking the theme of the study tour with National Security and Youth Empowerment of the student was to understand the situation of Security and Osun Youth empowerment, with emphasis on Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme OYES and Osun Elementary School Feeding programme which been adopted by Federal Government of Nigeria and World Bank.

Governor Aregbesola stated that with his administration’s policy, higher percentage of Osun Youths were empowered and engaged, and with that, the youth find it difficult to harass anyone, but focus their energy on being successful, through the social protection programs implemented by the state government.

He also stated that Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme has not only curbed youth restiveness, but has also contributed to economic growth, thereby placing the State as one of the safest state in the country, and one with reduced poverty index economically, as well as high rate of human development.

Speaking at the event, the Team Coordinator, Wing Commander Abiodun Ogunmola stated that the Senior Course Forty’s one week study tour to the State was in fulfillment of criteria of training of the students during their course of study at the college.

He stated that the State of Osun is one of the twelve states selected for the study on National Security and Youth Empowerment, and he affirmed that the senior course forty students will understudy the empowerment policies and its link in the state to National security, as well as write reports and make recommendations where needed.

Ogunmola appreciated the State Government for approving the study tour group and all agencies of the government and the ministry of Empowerment and Youth Engagement for the success of the programme.

Narrating his military experience and linking it with his involvement in Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme, OYES Commandante, Colonel Eni-ibukun Oyewole rtd affirmed that Governor Aregbesola’s investment in Osun Youth and other social protection programmes are attestation that Osun Government believes in empowerment and engagement of youth as an active measure for national security via safe society for its citizens.

Earlier in her welcome address, the Commissioner for Empowerment and Youth Engagement, Mrs. Adetoun Adegboyega stated that when youths are not empowered or engaged, older generations are threatened and the survival of the state and country are also threatened.

She emphasized that Governor Aregbesola’s administration have been able to ensure security by empowering and engaging youths in the state with meaningful programmes to take them off the street.

 

How Empowered Youths Can Dictate The Security Of A Nation

By Israel Afolabi

The economic challenges of the nation have in no small measure affected commitments to managing and checking threats in internal security.

The Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola made this known during the courtesy visit of the staff and students of Armed Forces Command and Staff College, on one week study tour themed; National Security and Youth Empowerment, at the Government House in the state capital.

Governor Aregbesola stated that, it is critical that internal security must never be undermined, and that the challenge faced in higher proportion of security is same with countries in African sub sahara.

Linking the theme of the study tour with National Security and Youth Empowerment of the student was to understand the situation of Security and Osun Youth empowerment, with emphasis on Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme OYES and Osun Elementary School Feeding programme which been adopted by Federal Government of Nigeria and World Bank.

Governor Aregbesola stated that with his administration’s policy, higher percentage of Osun Youths were empowered and engaged, and with that, the youth find it difficult to harass anyone, but focus their energy on being successful, through the social protection programs implemented by the state government.

He also stated that Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme has not only curbed youth restiveness, but has also contributed to economic growth, thereby placing the State as one of the safest state in the country, and one with reduced poverty index economically, as well as high rate of human development.

Speaking at the event, the Team Coordinator, Wing Commander Abiodun Ogunmola stated that the Senior Course Forty’s one week study tour to the State was in fulfillment of criteria of training of the students during their course of study at the college.

He stated that the State of Osun is one of the twelve states selected for the study on National Security and Youth Empowerment, and he affirmed that the senior course forty students will understudy the empowerment policies and its link in the state to National security, as well as write reports and make recommendations where needed.

Ogunmola appreciated the State Government for approving the study tour group and all agencies of the government and the ministry of Empowerment and Youth Engagement for the success of the programme.

Narrating his military experience and linking it with his involvement in Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme, OYES Commandante, Colonel Eni-ibukun Oyewole rtd affirmed that Governor Aregbesola’s investment in Osun Youth and other social protection programmes are attestation that Osun Government believes in empowerment and engagement of youth as an active measure for national security via safe society for its citizens.

Earlier in her welcome address, the Commissioner for Empowerment and Youth Engagement, Mrs. Adetoun Adegboyega stated that when youths are not empowered or engaged, older generations are threatened and the survival of the state and country are also threatened.

She emphasized that Governor Aregbesola’s administration have been able to ensure security by empowering and engaging youths in the state with meaningful programmes to take them off the street.

FG to Employ 350,000 Graduates in 2017

The Federal Government has revealed plans to employ an additional 350,000 graduates in 2017 under the N-Power Volunteer Corps, a component of the government’s Social Investment Programmes.

According to the Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, President Muhammadu Buhari had requested an appropriation of N157.75bn in the 2017 budget estimates for the N-Power scheme.

“350,000 unemployed graduates more would be hired and trained, alongside 50,000 non-graduates youths to be engaged as artisans and in other creative ventures.

“While we were able to engage 200,000 unemployed graduates last year, we will do 350,000 more this year.

“The plan in 2016 budget targeted one million poorest and vulnerable Nigerians. And in the 2017 budget, an additional N54.98bn has been allocated for the continuation of the N5,000 monthly social safety net payments to the poorest Nigerians.

“2017 implementation of the SIPs is going to be far more impactful than what we were able to do under the 2016 budget. So, Nigerians should expect more this year. The resolve of the Buhari presidency is that more lives must be touched positively under these programmes which Nigerians have come to appreciate”, he said.

Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme-Technology (O-YESTECH)

Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme-Technology is a 6-month rolling programme inaugurated on the 24th day of April, 2011 by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in the State of Osun Nigeria. This training programme in collaboration with a private organization is designed to train 5,000 participants (OYES cadets) in various aspect of applied technology. The government hopes to train and empower 20,000 participants in 2 years.

The programme has 10 training centres evenly spread across the state and covers intensive training on areas such as; Basics of Computer system , Computer Software Application, Computer Hardware, Computer Networking, Mobile Phone Software, Basic Electronics, Mobile Phone Hardware, and Entrepreneurship Studies.

At the completion of this training, successful trainees have various engagement opportunities such as; direct employment in private organizations (including the training partner), employment into a various governmental initiatives as well as opportunities to be self-employed through the provision of initial start-up capital by the government.