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Ondo to partner NDDC on youth empowerment – Yusuf-Ogunleye

By Femi Atolagbe

Ondo State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye, has disclosed that his ministry is ready to seek a partnership with the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) for the empowerment of youths in the state.

Yusuf-Ogunleye stated this during a courtesy visit to the NDDC Executive Director of Corporate Services, Mr. Ifedayo Abegunde, in Akure, the state capital.

The Commissioner said, “We are here to inform you about our plan to visit your office in Port Harcourt, and we felt it wouldn’t be appropriate for you to see us in your office without prior knowledge of our visit.

“I don’t want to be seen solely as a Commissioner for football; I’m for all sports and also to ensure that our youths are positively engaged.

“We will continue to engage critical stakeholders on how to empower our youths and steer them away from social vices.”

Responding, the NDDC Executive Director of Corporate Services, Mr. Ifedayo Abegunde, commended the Commissioner for his move to collaborate with the commission.

Abegunde added that youth empowerment is part of the mandate of NDDC, saying, “It’s the responsibility of the commission to make the leaders of tomorrow self-reliant.”

He urged the youths to register in the NDDC database tagged Holistic Opportunity Project of Engagement (HOPE).

“What you are here for is part of our commission’s responsibility, and I will ensure that this collaboration is successful.

“I promise to inform my chairman that your ministry is coming; I will take this letter to him personally,” he assured.

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The Commissioner, while inspecting the skill acquisition centers situated in Oda and Saint David Primary School, Oke-Ijebu in Akure, promised to put the skill centers to use for the benefit of the youths as soon as possible.

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