Ondo lawmaker empowers 50 youths, challenges government on rising unemployment
Ondo State House of Assembly Minority Leader, Rasheed Elegbeleye, has called on governments to address the level of unemployment to curb issues of insecurity in the country.
He made the call at an entrepreneurial and vocational skill acquisition training at the Ikare Akoko area of the state, where no fewer than 50 youths benefitted.
The one month-long programme was run in partnership with the Entrepreneurial Training And Skill Acquisition Directorate of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife.
Speaking during the presentation of certificates to graduates at the end of the programme, Elegbeleye, who represents the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the House of Assembly, said he was moved and challenged by the high unemployment rate of youths in the area.
The Minority Leader said he decided to stage the programme as part of his own contributions to salvage and save the lives and future of some of the youths, which in his view, had nose-dived and were on the fast lane of ruin.
According to the lawmaker, “It is just not enough for me to only call on governments at all levels to urgently do something to salvage the fast declining fortunes of youths in the country, as someone in government, I must follow my call with an example. If every lawmaker, especially at the states and National Assembly could honestly and sincerely embark on activities like this and genuinely do the necessary follow up in terms of finance and monitoring, the grave danger youth unemployment poses would be significantly reduced. I therefore call on my colleagues at both the states and national level to search our conscience on what we do with constituency projects in particular.”
The lawmaker disclosed that he was partnering with Bank of Industry to secure affordable credit facilities for the current and future beneficiaries, assuring that it was a continuous programme.