About two thousand youths to be employed under the Youth Employment and Social Support Operation are currently undergoing three days training organized by Oyo State Government in collaboration with World Bank.
Radio Nigeria correspondent who was at the permanent orientation camp of the NYSC, Iseyin, venue of the event reports that unemployment constitutes one of the challenges confronting Nigeria with 14.2% prevalence rate, according to statistics.
As part of efforts towards reducing this trend, Oyo State government initiated the Youth Employment and Social Support Operation, YESSO with over 20,000 youths being employed since inception.
The 2,000 youths currently undergoing training in Iseyin, formed the second round of beneficiaries from local government.
Speaking on the modalities for the selection of beneficiaries, the State Coordinator of the Operation Coordinating Unit, SOCU, Mrs. Laide Lasisi represented by Head of Operations, Mrs. Kemi Akinpelu said various indicators of poverty such as income, household dependents, availability and access to infrastructures, Education, among others were used.
Mrs. Lasisi noted that traditional rulers as well as few local government employees were engaged in the selection process.
In an address of welcome, the State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr. Abayomi Oke, represented by the Director of Youth Mobilization, Mr. Afolabi Ayoola commended the State Governor for allowing certain percentage of secondary school dropouts and people aged 36- 50 years to be included in the scheme.
Mr. Oke who said the sum of N23,600,000 Naira had been released as starter pack for over 180 beneficiaries urged the youths to make good use of the opportunity.
Represented by the Executive Secretary, Youths Development, Mrs. Airat Adegbola, the State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi explained that the present administration would continue to contribute its quota towards the required stipend for beneficiaries in line with the design of the YESSO scheme.
Some of the beneficiaries commended the state government for the opportunity given to them.