THE employment of 20,000 youths by Governor Rauf Aregbesola under the Osun Youths Empowerment Scheme, OYES, has earned him recognition in the United Kingdom.
The governor was Thursday in London, awarded Leadership Recognition for Youth Empowerment at a ceremony organised by the United Kingdom chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN.
Speaking at the event, chairman of the chapter, Dr. Ayodele Owoade, said the employment of 20,000 youths at once had given enough indication of the readiness of the administration to restore people’s hope.
According to him: “It is a record-breaking achievement; employing 20,000 youths in one go. This feat has never been achieved by any government anywhere in Africa before now. Aregbesola has restored hope and self-esteem to these youths.”
Speaking, Ogbeni Aregbesola thanked ACN UK for honouring him. He also praised the chapter for its contribution in internationalising the struggle during Obasanjo’s 3rd term agenda, as well as championing the cause for electoral reforms.
Promising the people of Osun State greater more goodies, the governor said, “This is just the beginning as we are poised to show our people that leadership is all about service. And people must also realise that in them really the power resides. Without the people, leadership has no meaning. It is for that reason that we in the new administration have promised that we shall not let them down.”
Dignitaries present included Cardinal Odunmbaku (Baba Eto), Senator-elect Jide Omoworare, Former Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Lagos State, Mr. Dele Alake, Mr. Rotimi Agunsoye (Commissioner for Local Govt Lagos State), Mr. Toyin Hamsat (Special Adviser on Health Lagos State), Prince Ghasali Adeyemi (Chairman, Ghazal Holiday Inn, Osogbo), as well as the Local Government Caretaker Committee Chairmen from Osogbo, Olorunda, Ilesa-West, Iwo and Ede South.