Okonjo-Iweala, who was represented by the national coordinator of the Federal Government-initiated Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO), Mr Peter Papka, at a two-day workshop organised by the World Bank in Iloko-Ijesha, at the weekend, said with the successful implementation of OYES, Aregbesola had shown that youth development was not impossible.
According to her, “You have demonstrated that good governance is possible with your programmes. You have demonstrated that youth development is possible. Your programmes so far have demonstrated that you are a good example of government and governance.”
Aregbesola, while addressing participants drawn from seven states, including Osun, the host state, said the nation deserved a lot of attention as the leadership that should drive people for development was missing.
The governor stressed that it was possible for the citizens to have a good life if the nation utilised its productive capacity, saying unemployment was the bane of excruciating poverty, total insecurity and under-development in the country.
Aregbesola said it was in appreciation of this negative development that his administration came up with OYES Scheme to serve as a cushioning measure for drastic reduction of poverty.
“There is grim and excruciating poverty unimaginable in this country 18 to 20 years ago. And if we continue like this, the situation will be bad. To nip the situation in the bud, we came up with OYES” he explained.