The Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has declared that the state has the highest index of happiness and least unemployment rate in Nigeria.
According to him, this was as a result of his administration’s continuous engagement of youths through different schemes that made majority of the young people “productively engaged”.
The Governor made this known in Osogbo, the Osun State capital after a fitness walk organised for the newly absorbed 20,000 youths into the state Youths Empowerment Scheme (O-YES).
“What you are witnessing today, the O-YES scheme, started in 2010/11, 100 days after our inaguration and we are still running it.
“Because we are not just a conventional administration like the previous governments, we have designed and empowered our young ones to cater to all needs of the people.
“It is clear that no government have the capacity to employ all youths but we have, through the O-YES scheme, created opportunities that will engage and take the youths out of vices.
“Two-third of youths in the O-YES are either in one employment or the other or self-employed.
“This explains the results of all surveys, political, social, undertaken nationwide which brings about the fact that Osun has the highest index of happiness, lowest unemployment rate in Nigeria, as well as the 7th largest economy in the country.”
The Governor boasted that no family, regardless of party affiliation, have not benefited from Oyes programme, adding that he has set a pace for other states especially in the area of youths empowerment.
He further said that Oyes was the first in the African continent , adding that the success of the programme attracted the attention of the World Bank, which studied it and certified it to be a viable and sustainable solution to the problem of youth unemployment in Nigeria.