Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde and his Ondo state counterpart, Rotimi Akeredolu, have commended the efforts of Youth and Sports Development Minister, Sunday Dare, in adressing the problems of youth unemployment, which led to the recent endsars protests across the country.
Speaking during the meeting of South West Governors, Ministers and traditional rulers with the Chief of Staff to the President Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari in Lagos, Makinde said: “Although we do not belong to the same party, but the issue of youth unemployment which led to the recent endsars protests affects all of us.
“We must therefore look at youth unemployment in the land with a bid to seeking final solution .There is hunger and anger in the land. We must breach the trust deficit between the leaders and the citizens. The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare has mentioned all that is being done to create opportunities for the youths which is indeed commendable. We must rally round to end this problem so that it does not consume us. Whatever affects the youths, affects us all.”
Akeredolu said: “Events of the last few weeks have shown us what the youths can do. What started as a peaceful protect resulted into so much destruction. The Minister of Youth and Sports Development has enumerated most of the things government has done to adress the grievances of the youths. Alot still needs to be done . We must find roles for the youths so that we can live in peace and love.”
The Alafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, said: “The Minister is addressing the issues raised by the youths, but the problems are quite complex. We must address fundamental issue of unemployment before we can have lasting peace.