Osun engages 1,131 youths to rehabilitate roads, clear drains

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Femi Makinde, Osogbo

The Osun State Government, in collaboration with the World Bank, has engaged 1,131 youths to clear gutters, rehabilitate community feeder roads and beautify public spaces under the Youth Employment and Social Support Operation meant to empower the poorest citizens.

The Commissioner for Empowerment and Youth Engagement, Mrs. Folake Adegboyega, who said this at the training of the youth held at the National Youth Service Corps Orientation Camp in Ede on Friday, told our correspondent in an interview that the young people would also be involved in the rehabilitation of public toilets, classrooms and small bridges.

Describing the YESSO as an offshoot of the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme introduced by Governor Rauf Aregbesola upon his assumption of office, the commissioner said the beneficiaries, who would be paid N7,500 per month, would work for four hours a day and for 15 days in a month.

According to Adegboyega, the scheme will help to make roads in the communities motorable and ensure that bushes are cleared from road verges and public spaces are made clean.

The YESSO, she said, would also improve public health because gutters and other places used by mosquitoes as breeding places would become uninhabitable for the insects.

The commissioner stated, “The YESSO beneficiaries are those members of the various communities, who are very poor; they are the people chosen by their communities.”

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