Member representing Oyo Central Constituency at the Nigerian Youth Parliament, Honourable Prince Adetayo Adekunle (MNYP), has called on governments at all levels to initiate and implement solid empowerment scheme and programmes that will enhance youth development and job creation in the country.
Adekunle stated this while presenting the Oyo State youth empowerment and development trust fund bill to the Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, at the Ramadan iftar organised by the Governor for youths/student stakeholders in the state.
According to him, it is important for those at the helm of affairs, particularly governors, to ensure continuous empowerment scheme for the youth, in order to make them productive and to reduce the crime rate.
The bill, among other things, seeks to manage and disburse funds for youth empowerment by upgrading and promoting the skills and expertise of youths, poverty alleviation, as well as employment generation
It also includes provision of financial assistance by grants, loans or otherwise; ensuring disbursement to the relevant agencies and/or programmes saddled with the responsibility for skills acquisition and development, poverty alleviation, as well as employment generation for youths.
Governor Ajimobi while responding, promised to act on the bill, by sending it to the state Assembly for further action.
He also lauded Honourable Prince Adekunle for his foresight, and encouraged other youth leaders to emulate him. “With Youth leaders like him, Oyo State has a bright future in the realm of leadership,” he added.