The Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Honourable Seun Fakorede has joined the Ministry to distribute Starter packs to the Beneficiaries of State Led Skills for Job (S4J), a component of YESSO.
The Youth Employment and Support Operation (YESSO), one of the defunct initiatives of the World Bank to further promotes youth empowerment and skull acquisition to further mitigate the problems of unemployment, poverty and curbing crime.
During the distribution of the Starters Pack, Fakorede explained that, “In fulfilling one of the three components of the Youth Employment and Support Operation (YESSO), which is the Skills for Job (S4J), the State Government under the leadership of Engr. Seyi Makinde FNSE through the State Ministry of Youth and Sports distributed starter packs to 181 beneficiaries of the initiative”.
Tracing the history of the program, he said, “The execution of the empowerment programme, despite the fact that it is now a defunct initiative of the World Bank points to the benevolence and magnanimity of the State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde FNSE and his recognition of the fact that there is a need to keep the youths engaged.
It is our outmost belief as an administration that, with the distribution of the starter packs to the 181 beneficiaries who have undergone several stages of training for up to 9 months, they will be self-reliant and make efficient use of the distributed items in becoming employees of labour themselves”.
The Deputy Governor, His Excellency, Barrister Bayo Lawal, who represented His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde, FNSE during the empowerment programme also reiterated the commitment of the State Government towards ensuring that the Youths are engaged as a way of reducing and curbing crime in the State.