Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun on Monday said that the state government would this week launched youth empowerment programmes targeting 5,000 youths across the state.
Abiodun stated this during a press conference in Abeokuta.
The governor explained that the programme would provide skills and capacity building as well as stipends, saying that the participants would be attached to small, medium scale enterprises and government agencies.
He added that the empowerment programme would take care of 250 youths each in the 20 local government areas of the state.
He added that the state government was determined to unleash the creative energies of the vibrant, tireless and motivated youths towards building a more vibrant economy.
“This is why we have come up with various economic programmes that they can tap into,” he said.
Abiodun stated that the youths in the state had earned national accolades for the largely peaceful manner with which they conducted themselves while the EndSARS protest lasted.
“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 of operation and activities of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police.
“But, it is obvious that this protest was hijacked by hoodlums and other elements who do not share the same ideals as the original conveners of the well intended protest.
” We must come together to ensure a peaceful environment for our wellbeing, wellness and welfare. I enjoin all of us to go about our legitimate businesses. The government will continue to monitor the situation.
“But in the meantime, as our security agencies on joint patrol have been able to largely bring the situation under control, they will continue to patrol the major streets to ensure peace and tranquility in the day-to-day activities of citizens,” he said.