By Femi Atolagbe
& Ayodele Popoola
Ondo State Government will continue to encourage increased youth participation in governance in line with the ‘Not-too-young-to-Run’ Law.
Ondo State Acting Governor, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa declared this at the 2023 International Youth Day (IYD)celebration held in Akure, the state capital.
He added that the government realised the need to promote investment in youth to improve their prospects for a better future.
He noted that the: “Green Skills for Youth, towards a sustainable world.” is linked to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the world has embarked on a green transition.
“Green skills include knowledge, abilities, values and attitudes needed to live, develop and support a sustainable and resource-efficient society.
“Without pretence, one of the fundamental global challenges facing the youth is unemployment.
“It is my belief that the solution to these challenges lies in the appropriate value re-orientation and institutional restructuring of our educational system.”
In his welcome address, Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Bamidele Ologunloluwa, commended the state government for it’s support to the Youth populace .
Chairman of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Ondo State chapter, Ogunmolawa Matthew Adewale urged youths to be patriotic and remember that they are the future of the country.
While presenting a paper titled: Green Skills for Youth, towards a sustainable world, Mr Mayokun Iyaomolere harped on the need for a sustainable education in the state.
In the same vein, Chairman of Owena Press Limited, Sir Ademola Adetula was appointed as a Patron of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN).
Apart from the investiture, the council also decorated the Chief Imam of Akure, Sheikh Abdulhakeem Yayi Akorede as the council’s spiritual leader.
The investiture was performed by the Chairman of Council, Pathfinder Adewale Ogunmolawa, at the NYCN gala night, which was part of activities to mark the 2023 International Youth day, held at weekend in Akure
The event also witnessed the conferring of honorary awards on some notable personalities, for their roles in building the youth in the state.
Some of the awards recipients included, the Secretary to the State Government, Princess Oladuni Odu, Chairman of Owens Press, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Forestry, Olayato Aribo, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security Matters, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, Kolawole Babatunde, the Special Adviser to the Governor of the state on Rural and Urban Development, Alhaji Y.S Ogbera, Olawuyi Alamu, Sunday Akinrelere, among others.