As part of its efforts to stem youth unemployment in the state, the Ogun state government is set to employ 5000 youths across the state.
The Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun made this known Monday while addressing newsmen at his Oke Mosan office, Abeokuta
Abiodun said the youth empowerment program which is targeted at 250 youths in each of the 20 LGAs will provide skills and capacity building as well as stipends whilst the participants are attached to small and medium scale enterprises and government agencies.
He however appreciates the organizers of the ENDSARS protest in the state for giving peace a chance.
“you listening Ogun youths and Students are largely responsible for the relative peace we have witnessed across the state”
“The youths in Ogun state have earned national accolades for the largely peaceful manner with which they conducted themselves while the protest lasted, despite infiltration of the initial protest by hoodlums who we have overwhelming evidence came from outside the state.
“I must also appreciate all people of goodwill for their spirited efforts towards restoring peace. Specific mention must be made of all our security agencies; particularly our revered Royal Fathers; Religious Leaders; Community Leaders; for the participation in the continuous engagement and moral suasion
“Let me also commend the original conveners of the #EndSARS movement for listening to the voice of reason to suspend the protest. The peaceful protest called our attention to genuine concerns about the mode
“For us as a Government, we very well acknowledge that peaceful protests are part of the fundamental rights of the people as enshrined in our constitution and other global Charters.
“That is why I personally ordered all our security agencies in Ogun State to provide security for all protesters. You will also recall that I also ordered that some of the protesters that were arrested be released immediately
“In fact, the Office of the State’s Attorney- General was also mandated to review the charges against those arraigned, such that the charges were dropped. That is because our Government also believes in the good governance as demanded by EndSARS protesters”, the governor said.