THE Osun State governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has said he plans to improve on the number of youths in the state cabinet.
The governor stated this in Osogbo during an event to mark the 2021 International Youth Day.
He promised that if re-elected into office as governor, he would give the youths opportunity to occupy about 30% of his cabinet.
According to the governor, his administration’s prioritisation of the concerns of youths is rooted in his belief in their potential role in the future development of the state.
Oyetola who asked the youths to embrace peace and pursue development for overall interest of the state, noted that his political ambition was not worth the blood of any Osun youth.
He said, “Please don’t allow yourselves to be used by political jobbers and evildoers. Let your future be your priority. Your future must be paramount to all of you. Don’t be instruments in the hands of the wicked.
“We are conscious of your future, that is why most of our programmes and policies are focused on you. We have a lot to do, as we pray God to endow us with more resources. I am really happy for your large turnout.”
Youths in the state did a 20 kilometers march in commemoration of the global event.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Student Affairs and Social Mobilisation, Kehinde Ayantunji, who spoke at the end of the march, said the exercise was in appreciation of Oyetola’s inclusion of youths in governance.
Ayantunji said, “The International Youth Day affords us the opportunity of assessing our challenges and successes across the globe. In Osun, we have made a holistic review of facts and figure, and it is clear that Governor Oyetola, in history of Osun, has included the highest number of youths in governance, particularly with the recent local government appointments.
“Out of 585 caretaker members across the state, the youths who are below 40 years are more than 300. This is highly unprecedented and that is why we felt there is need to commend the Governor for ensuring youth inclusion in governance and for breaking the jinx of youth inclusion in the nation’s politics.”