By Yinka Kolawole
The Governor of Osun, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has said the only option open to states to stem the rising tide of criminality is to intensify efforts on adequate engagement of youths through various empowerment strategies.
He also disclosed that his administration would continue to prioritize the welfare of youths, which he described as the foundation of governance.
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, had earlier stressed the need for Nigerian governments to prioritize the welfare of the youths in the implementation of policies.
Oba Ogunwusi who advocated for prompt promotion of local products, however, called on the government to condemn medical tourism that is rampant among the rich in the country .
He said it constituted a lot of burden on the nation’s economic growth and development.
Both spoke while addressing people at a symposium organized by the Adulawo Nigeria Network Limited, at Conference Centre, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
Aregbesola who was represented by the Coordinating Director, Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Youth Engagement, Dr. Isaac Oluwabukola Aluko, described youths as central to the administration said the current government had successfully harnessed the youth potentials in all its programmes.
Aregbesola said all his policies and programmes had been youth-oriented, saying the swift intervention of his government on Agriculture, education, security among others over the years had yielded positive impacts in the lives of the citizenry.
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