Include our demands in 2020 budget, Ekiti youths tell Fayemi

Youths in Ekiti state have called on the state government under the leadership of Dr Kayode Fayemi to include their demands in the preparation of the 2020 budget so as to enhance positive contribution to the development of the state.

Acting under the platform, Ekiti Youth Agenda ( EYA), they maintained that the full implementation of EYA’s recommendations would help in no small measure to transform the prospects of the youths and the state at large.

Jointly addressing newsmen in Ado Ekiti at the weekend, the convener of EYA, Abimbola Aladejare and the Director, ‘Disability Not a Barrier’, Funsho Olajide; noted that youths in the state were determined to display their potentials for the overall benefit of the state when given the necessary platforms and opportunities by the government.

The event was put together by The New Generation Girls and Women Development Initiative (NIGAWD) in conjunction with National Democratic Institution(NDI), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and British Department for International Development (DFID).

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“Young people play a big role in how our world respond to challenges with young people comes energy, innovation and optimism. When the right opportunities and platforms are provided for, major positive contribution by youths is enhanced.

“Having a Youth Agenda is one thing, implementing them is another. The bulk of the individual requests of Ekiti Youth from Governor Kayode Fayemi are already captured in the EYA policy document, therefore, implementing EYA recommendations will solve the bulk of the problems of Ekiti youth and transform prospects of the youths and the state.

“We, therefore, call on all ministries to prioritise the recommendations of EYA in the 2020 budget as promised during our advocacies to them,” they said.

The group commended the state government for the approval of clearing about 1,500 hectares of land for agribusiness, noting that the development would help youths to embrace agriculture for employment creation and food security.

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