By Iyabo Adebisi

Oyo state government has rolled out a mega empowerment programme to train and equip 500 youths with basic entrepreneurship and business management skills across 33 local government areas in the state. 

The commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Miss Wasilat Adegoke announced this during a press conference at the Governor’s office, Ibadan.

She stressed that beyond development of sporting activities, other aspects of economic development of youths for self-reliance has always been prioritized by the current administration. 

Miss Adegoke also explained that the pilot scheme would target young graduates from tertiary institutions with a starter pack provided for them by the state government upon completion of the programme, noting that a link would be provided for them to apply online.

A Director of Youths Development, at the ministry of Youths and Sports, Mrs Kudirat Mustapha disclosed that 15 beneficiaries would be selected in each of the local government areas of the state through a transparent, credible process for the programme. 

An implementing partner for the programme, Dr. Jasper Ezenwaka assured that their firm would provide technical support cutting across financial and business sustenance skills, skills to boost their employability as well as leadership and mentorship tutelage amongst others 

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