Oluwo of Iwoland in Osun State, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi, said Wednesday that the South West will suffer if Nigeria splits up now, and he called on youths agitating for the Yoruba nation to calm down.
At the official presentation of the Osun Youth Policy Document of the State Ministry of Youths by the State Governor, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, in Osogbo, the capital of the state, he said this.
The monarch praised Oyetola’s administration for its good plans for the state’s youths and urged them to cooperate with the government rather than demand a breakup.
Oba Akanbi argued that Lagos was the only state that could pay its civil servants’ salaries without waiting for money from the federal government, and that the majority of workers in the region were civil servants.
‘Youths are important’
At the event, Oyetola said youths are very important to the sustainable development of his administration and explained how the Osun Youth Policy Document was developed to empower young people in the state.
In the newly-announced Youth Policy Document four components are mentioned – Youth Empowerment, Youth Engagement, Youth Entrepreneurship, and Youth Education.
According to Oyetola, his administration has enunciated a clear policy framework aimed at creating an enabling environment for youths to fully exploit their creativity and potential.
A commitment to youth development and growth is contained in the Osun Youth Policy Document, according to him.
As he stated, “Youth development is holistic and integrated, requiring the support and active involvement of all relevant Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs), Youth Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, and the Public, Private, and Philanthropic Sectors.”
According to Oyetola, youths are the most productive, efficient and energetic segment of the population, and his administration has invested enormously in them as part of efforts to build virile and sustainable economies and ensure all-round growth and development.