In furtherance to its commitment towards ensuring that Nigerian youths are empowered enough to become self reliant in order not to depend on white collar job, comrade Akibo Solomon , the youth leader, Abeokuta North local government has empowered no fewer than 100 youths in the local government.
The gesture was said to reduce the unemployment rates in the state and to also support the state government and to alleviate the suffering of the people.
It was a free skills acquisition programme where people were trained on virtual make-up, barbing, computer training, tie and dye and many more.
The Youth Leader, Comrade Akibo who spoke to our Correspondent on the just concluded programme hinted that the aim of the programme was to empower youth, appreciate their local government leaders with awards and also to encourage all the Chairmanship and Councillorship Aspirants for their tremendous contribution so far in the local government.
The Youth Leader explained that the fatherly support of people like Prince Hon. Adekunle Adeshina (Omoleefon of Owu Kingdom) and Alhaji AbdulBakai Ajao Okedara, the CEO Agro services towards the achievement of the programme cannot be undermined.
Comrade Akibo commended Alhaji AbdulBakai Ajao Okedara has contributed tremendously for the community development and economic empowerment of his people beyond Ogun State saying that he’s also an astute business man with over two decades experience in Agriculture development, project management, consulting and administration.
He pointed out that Alhaji Bakai is a committed Democrat, an apostle of peace, as well as a selfless leader with an unwavering commitment to the progress and unity of the people not only in Abeokuta North but Nigeria as whole.
Not only that, Comrade Akibo appreciated Hon Adeshina for sparing his time and energy for researchers who interviewed him on the needs to produced a book and at the end, the book titled Omi Ogbon (The Beacons) was launched on the final day of the event.
On the book researched, I want to thank all the group that work that make it a success, Erinoso Michael Babatunde, Saheed Adeola (Mrpossible) and Joy Eze, because the book also boost our image on the day because everybody cherished their work.
He described Prince Hon Adeshina as unarguably a worthy leader and an elder statesman who has contributed in no small measure to the political and socio-economic development of Ogun State adding that his leadership qualities of the octogenarian have contributed to set him apart from others and he remains a leader Ogun State has ever produced since the state existence.
Comrade Akibo in an encountered with our reporter spoke about the rationale behind the programme said it was just a dream initiative he believe the good people of Abeokuta North especially youths can be in benefit of.
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I am Comrade Akibo Oladipupo Solomon, the caretaker APC Abeokuta North Local Government, Youth Leader.
First and foremost I will like to thank the Almighty God for allowing us to start and come to the end of the First Political Youth Summit of Abeokuta North Local Government.
This programme initiative is just a dream initiative that I know the good people of Abeokuta North especially youths can be in benefit of.
The main agenda of the programme was to empower our youths and reduce unemployment. So doing the course of doing that, we designed a program called, vocational training. We trained youths and after the program, we equipped them and we make sure that no fewer than hundred youths are beneficiary of the program.
On the vocational training, we have virtual make up, barbing, computer training, tie and dye and many more.
The first batch is barbing and virtual make up, and we have 20 participants on both.
We also organised a football match, because thought of what can bring everyone together and we thought of football which everyone knows that football unite the whole nation, so we organised the match among the four communities that dominated Abeokuta North which are Owu, Gbagura, Oke Ona and Oke Ogun. On Feb 2nd we had the semi final game between the Owu and Oke Ona and Owu won the match with 2-1, Oke Ogun and Gbagura also played they won 2-0. And on Feb 3rd we had the final match at Ebenezer Obey field between Owu and Gbagura, at the end, Gbagura went home with the trophy. I believe this also unite all the youths in these four communities and we speak in one voice.
The awards is in three categories, number one is that, it’s a youth programme, the second one is to recognize our leaders who has contributed to the development of the state and our local government in one way or another, and we also recognized our aspirants, the Chairmanship and the Councillorship Aspirants that has makes the party to be well functioning, we gave them meritorious award.
On the book launch, we know very well in Abeokuta North that we have two strong leaders that own the structure, we have Prince Hon. Adekunle Adeshina (Omoleefon of Owu Kingdom) and Alhaji AbdulBakai Ajao Okedara, the CEO Agro services. We actually use the opportunity age of Baba Adeshina to do something special for him because he is our father also a leader of us all, so we launched a book called Omi Ogbon (The Beacons)
With God all things are possible, with the support of Almighty God and with the support of some of our leaders in Abeokuta North from ward 1 to 16, they all stood firmly with us that we must achieve this.
And I want to use this medium to appreciate all the youth leaders from ward 1 to 16, they are very top-notch.
At the same time, all the Councillorship Aspirants from ward 1 to 16 their contributions go tremendously to make the programme come to reality. All our Chairmanship Aspirants also contributed to show that the programme is their own and our fathers in Politics, Hon Adekunle Adeshina and Alhaji AbdulBakai Ajao Okedara