As the week-long celebration for the One Year in office commemorating Governor Kayode Fayemi2.0 led Ekiti State Government winds down, a youth symposium was organized to discuss enabling environment created for growth and self-actualization by the governor and his adorable wife, the First Lady, Her Excellency Erelu Bisi Fayemi.
The focus on youth development and participation by this current administration is evident in all spheres. For example, the erstwhile forgotten youth parliament was re-enacted, students’ bursary amongst others have been routinely attended to and most importantly, the salaries and pensions of parents (which indirectly service homes) are met promptly as part of government’s obligation. The accolades remain unending.
Governor Kayode Fayemi, in the cause of discussion, outlined programmes and policies that will position Ekiti youths for capacity building, empowerment, employment, and values orientation.
The Governor acknowledges a few challenges facing youths in the state, saying that Pillar Two of his administration Agenda (Agriculture and Rural Development) which address youth empowerment and capacity building for Entrepreneurship; Pillar Four (Knowledge Economy) which provides quality education and innovations at all levels of academia for teeming youths amongst others.
Governor Fayemi also said assured the youths of inclusive governance while mentioning that the recently resuscitated Youth parliament at the Ekiti State House of Assembly is a clear indication that the state government takes youth matters as paramount.
While fielding questions from participants at the event, the Governor said that youths must tap into opportunities provided by the government as activities on project and business financing are in top gear, adding that Ekiti State Microfinance and Enterprise Development Agency (MEDA) is launching the Agric/Small and Medium Enterprise Investment Scheme to train 4,500 youths on business financing and management while the Central Bank of Nigeria provides loans for the youths.
Speaking further on empowerment programmes, the Governor highlighted that the Rural Access to Agric Market (RAM) Programme with support from World Bank will commence soon to connect all access routes in the state for easy transportation of farm produce and livestock for farmers to increase food supply. The Anchor Borrower Programme by CBN is also in progress to finance business ideas in the state.
He also noted that youths should be law-abiding to avoid being scrutinized by security agencies. He asked them to shun political violence, Gender-Based Violence to ensure a peaceful state.
At the closing stage of the event, the Governor inaugurated the Ekiti Youth Anti-Social Vices Club headed by the Commissioner for Youths and Sports.