The Deji and the Paramount Ruler of Akure Kingdom, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade had restated his commitment to remain and advocate for the youths in the country. The Monarch stated this while playing host to the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Barrister Solomon Dalung in his Palace.
The Deji decried the increasing rate of youth unemployment in the country. He said, this is largely responsible for the prevalent rate of crime, banditry, rape, drug abuse among others.
I had consistently advocate youth empowerment and involvement. We need to actively engage them in order to avoid this ugly trend that is ravaging our nation. Let me inform you that we have de-radicalized over 1000 youths who renounced cultism through communal and traditional efforts. While we have been able to engage a handful number of them, we still need to do more to prevent the remaining ones from returning to their old ways.
Speaking earlier, the Minister lamented the level of deteriorating state of our culture and language which is almost going into extinction. Your Majesty, I have travelled to many countries and I discovered that they do not joke with their traditions, culture and languages. Russia, Germany, China, India, England among others still retain all these as part of their civilization.
We are making a review of the youth policy documents to allow an active participation of youths in governance and policy formulation in the country. What we use to have in the past is like shaving the head of a man behind him.
The Minister urge the monarch not to relent in his effort in advocating for the youths as well as using his good office to relate with government at all levels on the need for youth emancipation.
The Minister was accompanied to the Palace by the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, Mr. Olusola Olusade, the Ondo State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Hon. Saka Yusuf, the Ondo State Coordinator of NYSC, Mrs. Grace Akpabio as well as the Permanent Secretary of the Ondo State Ministry of Youth and Sports and other Directors.