The Commissioners for Youth and Sports in Oyo State Honourable Seun Fakorede, said that the Seyi Makinde-led government is committed to improving the economic infrastructure and eradicate unemployment among youths in the State.
According to the Commissioner, the Governor is working tirelessly to revamp all the sectors of the state as the governor has given the approval of 500 million naira as a starter fund for youths’ empowerment in the state while engaging about 5000 youths to be employed by the state’s teaching service commission.
He gave these submissions while featuring on Parrot Xtra Hour on Radio anchored by Olayinka Agboola and broadcast live on the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State’s Oluyole 98.5 FM Ibadan, the state’s capital on Tuesday evening.
Speaking on the renovation of the Lekan Salami Stadium Adamasingba, Ibadan, he stated that the Governor has allocated a total sum of about five and a half billion naira which he regarded as a modest cost for the remodeling of the stadium to meet international standards while promising to give facelifts to all other sections in the stadium.
He also appealed for patience from Oyo youths on the issue of the dilapidated structures at the Ososami youth center.
“We are actually rehabilitating; we can’t possibly do everything at once. We have decided to put them in phases and fortunately, Ososami youth center is part of the project to enjoy the first phase of renovation.”
He also assured that concerted efforts are being put in place by the various concerned ministries to see that youths and children roaming the street are catered for, while emphasizing that a lot of work still should be done to arrest the ugly situation of children roaming the streets.
He, however, charged Oyo youths not to be intimidated by any obstacle that might confront them as it is a “stepping stone to greatness”.
He charged all youths with business innovations and ideas to start small and end big “Don’t be afraid to start small, step into the field and do what is expected of you”.
The Commissioner also used the opportunity to assure football fans that the Shooting Stars Sporting Club (3SC) and Crown FC of Ogbomosho are coming back stronger adding that he was sure that the clubs will secure perform excellently well and secure promotion back to the elite stage in the Nigerian football league.
On his marital status, like his predecessors who became commissioners for Youth and Sports in Oyo State as spinsters, Hon. Fakorede, revealed that he too will get married while in office.
He said plans are in top gear for him to change his status as a “single’ man to married as soon as possible but surely before I leave office as Commissioner.”
It would be recalled the Hon. Dapo Lam Adesina and Umar Farouk Arisekola Alao both got married while serving as the state’s Commissioner for Youth and Sports.