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Oyetola launches Osun Youth Policy Document (READ FULL SPEECH)

The Osun State Governor, Mr. Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 launched the Osun State Youth Policy Document first of its kind in the history of the state.

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In an elaborate ceremony at the prestigious Aorora Event Centre attended by the market women, Monarchs, youth organizations and other interest groups including ILERI-OLUWA Next Level Progressive Movement (INLPM), Oyetola Commended the organizers of the program and reiterated his administration’s commitment to the cause of the youths in the state.

He said, “The people, including the youth, are the reason we are in government….To further demonstrate our commitment to developing our youth, we have developed a Youth Policy christened the 4 Es: Youth Empowerment, Youth Engagement, Youth Entrepreneurship and Youth Education.”


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I am highly delighted to be here today to launch the Osun Youth Policy Document to
develop and empower our young people and put them at the centre of the
development of the State.
Youth is a critical stage in the life cycle of human beings because of the admixture of
high energy, enthusiasm, insecurities, ldealism, confusion and challenges that
characterise this unique life stage.
Youths are the hope of our nation and our State. They are the face and engine of
any meaningful sustainable development. Unfortunately, In our clime, soclal noms
and practices often exclude them from participating in critical decislon-making
pertaining to their lives and activities with dire consequences.

Conscious of this misnomer and intent on correcting it to harness the bundle of
energy that characterises youth, our government has in recent times focused its
attentlon on the youth, while designing programmes and projects that impact on
youth empowement, employment and social justice.

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The people, including the youth, are the reason we are in government. Our
Administration came into office on the shoulders of Development Agenda, a
programme carefully created to bring all the sectors and the people into the
development net.

Within two years after coming into office, we have delivered adequate and quality
services, projects and programmes across the State in a manner that will sustaln the
peace in the State, transform the economy, industrialise the State, provide jobs for
the people, especlally the youth, and provide security and welfare for the people
To further demonstrate our commitment to developing our youth, we have developed
a Youth Policy christened the 4 Es: Youth Empowerment, Youth Engagement, Youth
Entrepreneurship and Youth Education.

The Osun Youth Policy contains commitment by government, the youth of the State
and society in pursuance of youth development and growth. The Policy provides a crucial framework for guiding the State’s approach to ensure that large number of
youths residing in the State is provided with high quality of life.

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As captured in the Policy, youth development is holistic and integrated, requiring the
Support and active involvement of all relevant Ministries, Departments, and Agencles
(MDAs), Youth Organisations, Non Governmental Organisatlons and the Public
Sector, Private Sector and Phllanthropists.
The Osun Youth play a key role in our development efforts, hence, our
Administration has enunciated a clear policy framework to ensure that an enabling environment is created for them to maximally realise their creative and productive

So far, we have been engaging the Osun youth productively. Loans ranging from
N500, 000 to N2, 500,000 were facilitated for 4,650 people and efforts are on to
increase our beneficiaries.
We are also determined to use sports as a vehicle for encouraging school enrolment
and retention and talent identification, just as we intend using it to create
opportunities for young people in our rural communities
Only two days ago, the State Executive Council gave approval for tnee
commencement of Osun Sports Festival. The first edition will commence in June this

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The unveiling of the Osun Youth Policy Document today is to further demonstrate
our administration’s commitment to youth development.

We shall engage in research and monitoring, while deploying effective evaluation
template to constantly enrich the initiative and to ensure proper and sustainapie
Implementation of the Policy.

I therefore, recommend the document to all levels of government for accelerated
Implementation as the roles of all stakeholders are clearly spelt out.

Iwant to also assure all the youth in the State that this new State Youth Policy vividiy
captures workable strategies for achieving the Youth Development Plan of the
present Administration and we will do all that is necessary to ensure that, in
Collaboration with other Stakeholders, the lofty intention of the Policy 1s made a
reality for our teeming youths.

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To this end, I wish to commend the efforts of the Honourable Commissioner and
Special Adviser for Youth and Sports, Coordinating Director, Directors, Resource
Persons, all Staff of the Ministry, other relevant Departments, Agencies of
Government and all Stakeholders who contributed in one way or the other to the
successful production of the State Youth Policy, to enhance the wellbeing of our
youth and to achieve their potential and aspirations for their overall development
and that of Osun in particular and the country at large.

| now have the singular honour to launch the Osun Youth Policy Document to the
glory of God and for the benefit of humanity.
Thank you all and God bless.”


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