Youth summit organized by the state government and rise network
OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY GOVERNOR Speech of Her Excellency Mrs. ‘Funmi OLAYINKA Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Nigeria, At the Youth Summit organized by the State Government and RISE Network as part of activities marking the One year in office of the Dr. Kayode Fayemi led administration in Ekiti State, on Tuesday October 11, 2011.ProtocolsGreat youths of Nigeria and the youth at heart, Iwelcome you all to this Youth summit put together byour state government in collaboration with RISE Networkfor our youths.This summit is organized with the intention of providingopportunities for youths to reassess their contributionsto national development in general and particularly thatof Ekiti State.I am aware that the objectives of this summit amongstothers are: • To ensure cultural transformation and capacity building that will ensure wholesome mental, financial and intellectual liberation of the average Ekiti youth. • To provide guidance and direction for their thought process, ideas and aspirations; positively affect their1 | Page Speech at the opening of the Youth Summit organizedby the State Government in collaboration with RISE on TuesdayOctober 11, 2011, in Ado-Ekiti.
OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY GOVERNOR mindsets and refocus their creative energies on purposeful endeavours. • To encourage Ekiti youths to value education again, while we create a first level platform for talent discovery, intellectual and skill empowerment in order to strategically position them for gainful employment after school. • To re-vitalize the time honoured values of Ekiti fore- fathers of enlightenment, discipline and dignity of labour.On behalf of your governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi (Ph.D), alover of the youths who had put the issue of youthdevelopment on the front burner of the administration ofthe state, I welcome you to this important summit,where we hope our youths will sit together in a relaxedatmosphere to chart a new path of self development forthemselves.The 8-point agenda of this administration re-emphasizedour belief in the youth as leaders of tomorrow. This ispartly why four items on the agenda are aimed atencouraging youths at achieving their full potentials.As you are equally aware, the administration of Dr.Fayemi because of his strong conviction in youthdevelopment has in the last one year reducedunemployment among our youths, while also planning toengage not less than 20,000 Ekiti youths who would betrained in mechanised agriculture by 2014.2 | Page Speech at the opening of the Youth Summit organizedby the State Government in collaboration with RISE on TuesdayOctober 11, 2011, in Ado-Ekiti.
OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY GOVERNORAnother item where the governor has being engaging ouryouths is industrial development under which the stategovernment intends to create technology and industrialparks for small and medium scale enterprises andestablishing micro-credit facilities for youngentrepreneur.I am glad to inform you that no fewer than 20 youngentrepreneurs have been empowered financially toestablish their own businesses and many others are onthe queue to benefit from the programme.If there is any area which the state government hasexcelled in the last one year, it is in the area of jobcreation for the youths. It is on record that over 5,000 ofour youths have been taken off the streets and absorbedinto the state government service under the Job Creationand Youth Empowerment programme of the government.Just this morning, I had at an earlier event, opened atraining programme for another batch of 2, 500 youthsunder the state Volunteers Corps scheme. Thisprogramme is ongoing and our plan is to take thousandsof our youths off the streets through gainful employmentin the years to come.May I assure you that the programme is receivingaccolades and fast becoming a model as exemplified inthe applause it received recently from the Minister ofFinance, Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala whorecommended the programme to other states of the3 | Page Speech at the opening of the Youth Summit organizedby the State Government in collaboration with RISE on TuesdayOctober 11, 2011, in Ado-Ekiti.
OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY GOVERNORfederation as a way of combating youth unemploymentin the country.While the state government is concerned about thefuture of our youths, it is disheartening that some of ouryouths of today are daily endangering their lives byindulging in social vices that can compromise theirfutures as leaders of tomorrow.Many of our youths in higher institutions are daily beingrecruited into secret cults that promote criminalactivities exemplified by the upsurge in crimes such asarmed robberies, internet frauds and rape cases whichhave further dimmed the hope of a brighter future forsome of our youths.It is in this light that I call on the federal government totake the issue of youth unemployment seriously and findsolutions to various problems associated with ouryouths, as it portends great danger for the future of thiscountry.I hope the relevant authorities at the federal level willredouble their efforts to engage our youths in meaningfuland productive ventures for the good of the country.In Ekiti state, the greatest challenge facing the youths isin the area of complacency and lack of willingness towork on the part of an average youth.4 | Page Speech at the opening of the Youth Summit organizedby the State Government in collaboration with RISE on TuesdayOctober 11, 2011, in Ado-Ekiti.
OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY GOVERNORAlso as identified by the organisers of this summit,another major challenge is the inability of an averageEkiti youth to measure up to their contemporaries inneighbouring states and the sub-standard quality ofeducation and graduates churned out by tertiaryinstitutions.Beyond this is the perception of the youth in the statethat government and politics are mainstream industryand must be responsible for their livelihood.I am happy that this summit has been packaged toaddress some of these challenges and assist our youthsto rediscover themselves towards becoming responsiblemembers of the society.It is expected that this summit will provide aspringboard for the indigenes of the state and otheryouths from diverse disciplines within the society toteach, interact and mentor Ekiti Youth participants,birthing in them a greater vision for life and inspiringthem to greater heights as they scale the ladder ofsuccess.I wish you a successive summit and thank you forlistening.5 | Page Speech at the opening of the Youth Summit organizedby the State Government in collaboration with RISE on TuesdayOctober 11, 2011, in Ado-Ekiti.
OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY GOVERNORH.E. MRS. ‘FUNMI OLAYINKADEPUTY GOVERNOR OF EKITI STATE, NIGERIAOctober 10, 20116 | Page Speech at the opening of the Youth Summit organizedby the State Government in collaboration with RISE on TuesdayOctober 11, 2011, in Ado-Ekiti.