The Oluwo of Iwoland in Osun State, Oba Abdulrosheed
Akanbi, on Wednesday, warned that South West will suffer
if Nigeria breaks up now and begged youths agitating for
the Yoruba nation to calm down.
He said this during the official presentation of the Osun
Youth Policy Document of the State Ministry of Youths by
the State Governor, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, in Osogbo,
the state capital.
The monarch lauded Oyetola’s administration for its good
plans for the youths in the state and urged the youths to
cooperate with the government to deliver rather than
agitate for a breakup.
Oba Akanbi said only Lagos can pay the salary of its civil
servants without waiting for money from the federal
government, saying that other South-West states cannot
pay salaries of their workers and that majority of people in
the region were civil servants.
‘Youths are important’
Speaking at the event, Oyetola said youths are very critical
to his administration’s sustainable development and
explained that the Osun Youth Policy Document was
developed to empower the young people in the State.
The newly-unveiled Youth Policy Document has four
components -Youth Empowerment, Youth Engagement,
Youth Entrepreneurship and Youth Education.
Oyetola said his administration had enunciated a clear
policy framework to ensure that an enabling environment is
created for the youths to maximally realise their creative
and productive potential.
He said the Osun Youth Policy Document contains a
commitment by the government, the youth of the State
and the society in pursuance of youth development and
He said, “As captured in the Policy, youth development is
holistic and integrated, requiring the support and active
involvement of all relevant Ministries, Departments, and
Agencies (MDAs), Youth Organisations, Non-Governmental
Organisations and the Public Sector, Private Sector and
Oyetola, who described youths as the most productive,
efficient and energetic segment of the population, said his
administration had invested tremendously in them as part
of efforts to build a virile and sustainable economy and
ensure all-around growth and development.