"In commemoration of the 2020 International Youth Day, I, this morning, had a virtual engagement with young people of Osun, where I shared some of our government's programmes and plans for youth in the State. We believe that engaging the youth for positive development will ensure a safer and better Osun.
As a government, we are conscious of the fact that our youth are not only our future, but also our present hope. We first demonstrated this by including youth in our cabinet. To further demonstrate our commitment to building our youth, we've sustained the O'YES and YESSO programmes.
These programmes are aimed at alleviating poverty as well as improving the economy of the State through the involvement of youth in empowerment activities in different fields such as agric, sports, Information Technology, security and fashion designing, among others.
In order to consolidate on our gains so far, we are putting a Policy Document together, which we shall soon present to the public for inputs and adoption. The State of Osun Youth Policy Document is a fallout of the country’s National Policy on Youth.
However, our own policy dwells on 4E’s, namely Youth Education, Youth Engagement, Youth Empowerment and Youth Entrepreneurship.This policy sets out guidelines and provides framework for all stakeholders to engage, empower and equip the youth to realise their potential and take advantage of the opportunities available to make positive contributions to the wellbeing of their communities across the State.
The State of Osun Youth Policy emphasises greater youth participation and engagement in decision making as well as welfare programmes of the Government at State and local levels.
This Policy will ensure sufficient investment by the State through the provision of resources, skilled labour and facilities. I appreciate Osun youth for all your support and goodwill towards our administration. I assure you that we will continue to do our best to justify the faith reposed in us as a government. Wishing you all a happy International Youth Day celebration"