Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola and Governor of Osun, Gboyega Oyetola on Monday lauded President Muhammadu Buhari over the public works scheme which is designed to engage at least 1000 youths in all the local government areas of the country.
Flagging off the scheme in Osun on Monday, both the Governor and his predecessor said the scheme would go a long way to alleviate the sufferings of a section of the populace.
Oyetola said In many ways, “this programme aligns with our Administration's agenda of equipping our young people to be competent contributors to the growth and development of our State.
"You will recall that only recently, we codified a comprehensive Youth Policy that articulates our vision, objectives and plans in driving our focused agenda for our young people.
"All our existing programmes, including the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES), Post-COVID 19 Recovery Plan, are already being recaliberated for employment generation and better service delivery.
"We shall not relent in our efforts to continue to seek creative ways of providing employment for our youths and our people", Oyetola added.
The governor urged the beneficiaries of the programme to justify the confidence reposed in them by using the opportunity provided by the government to give their best in the service of the nation and the State.
He said "The programme, though a short-term response to the rising spate of unemployment in our country, deserves to be commended for its ambitious coverage and transparent recruitment process.
"With 1,000 beneficiaries drawn from each of the 774 local governments in the country, this programme further mobilises our young people to contribute to societal development while also earning a modest income within the space of three months, in the first instance.
"Again, this programme communicates the readiness of Mr. President to address the urgent need to provide economic empowerment for our teeming youth population," Oyetola added.
In his remarks, Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for being committed to the welfare and well-being of the citizens.
Aregbesola who was represented by former Commissioner for Agriculture, Adekunle Ige, described the Federal Government's initiative as one that would fastrack the quest to ensure quick recovery of the nation's economy which was hitherto lost to the adverse socioeconomic effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Acting Director General, National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo, applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for the noble intent that gave birth to the national employment scheme aimed to take the citizens out of the scourge of poverty and unemployment.