By OLA AJAYI
IBADAN—SOME youths recently employed by the Governor Abiola Ajimobi- led administration under the State Youth Empowerment Scheme, YES-O, yesterday, protested in Ibadan over delay in the payment of their allowances. They claimed they have not been paid since last December.
Other beneficiaries of the scheme also showed their grievances over their non-deployment by the state government.
This came as members of the newly recruited YES-O and some policemen clashed at Ring Road in Ibadan South West Local Government Area of the state over traffic control.
According to the youths, some politicians in the state had hijacked the scheme and used political consideration to deploy some of them which negated the vision of the governor when the scheme was established.
The development in a sense exonerates the immediate past administration in the state whose similar programme was jettisoned by the Ajimobi government for similar reasons
The youths numbering 100 besieged the government secretariat alleging that those who went through the two-week induction training at Iseyin had not yet been assigned to specific jobs, while those who did not undergo any training were given jobs.
But, addressing to the aggrieved youths, the Special Adviser on Media to Governor Ajimobi, Dr. Festus Adedayo, pacified them and said the deployment of the trainees was in phases, explaining that all of them would be taken care of.
He said: “The state government has fully kitted all 7,000 trained, save for uniforms which they receive on deployment. All 7,000 should be posted by the end of March. The huge investment by government on training the cadets and kitting them makes it mandatory that deployment will follow. YES-O is a programme we take seriously and which has become a reference point in Nigeria’s saturated unemployment market.”
Meanwhile, members of the newly recruited YES-O and some policemen clashed at Ring Road in Ibadan South West Local Government Area of the state over traffic control.
Vanguard gathered that officials of the organisation were controlling traffic at the Town Planning Bus Stop when about four policemen arrived the scene and asked them to leave.
The reluctance of the YES-O men led to exchange of words before they eventually left.
Speaking on the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Olabisi Okuwobi, advised that the two sides should not see themselves as rivals.
He said: “There should not be any rivalry between the two operatives; we are working towards the same goal of ensuring free flow of traffic in the state”