By Dayo Johnson
Akure—DEFENCE Minister, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode (SAN), weekend, challenged politicians in the country to assist government’s efforts at ensuring security of lives and property by providing employment for the unemployed youths in their various constituencies.
He stated this in Ikaram-Akoko while meeting with various women groups who came to appreciate him for empowering them and for paying the external examinations fees of their children.
He said: “Youth unemployment is posing serious threat to the security of the country and there is need to re-orientate the politicians to view the issues of women and youths empowerment with all the seriousness it desired.
“There is no local government area in this country that does not have at least two senior government officials either elected or appointed. Let them, at least, adopt two primary schools each in their areas.
“They could also ensure that they assist in providing employment to at least five people each. They should empower the women too.”
The Minister said that he was currently paying the Senior School Certificate Examination fees of over 350 students in various public secondary schools across two local government areas in Ondo State.
He equally said that he had adopted some public schools for over four years before his appointment as a minister.
According to him “I use to buy uniforms of the pupils, buy stationeries for the use of the teachers, provide text books and writing materials for the pupils and ensure that all dilapidated structures are renovated.
“I also provide access for portable water and good furniture for them from time to time. I was doing this because I know the financial strength of their parents.
“I have to intervene in order to guarantee their future and secure the future of other children who were fortunate to have parents who could send them to schools.” He added.
The minister noted with concern that less than 10 percent of the students in the various public schools across the state were offering science subjects.
“This is because there are no science laboratories in their schools. Majority of those in the Senior Secondary schools who should be in the university next year, have never operated a computer before and some of them have not seen or touched a bunsen burner in their laboratories.