President Muhammadu Buhari has commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola for promoting policies and programmes designed to eradicate unemployment, poverty and hunger in the state.
He said Osun has been a model of social intervention programme in the country as some of its policies were adopted by the federal government.
Buhari, who made the remark in Osogbo, the Osun capital during an interactive session with some of the beneficiaries of the N-Power programme, said the state had proven its weights in building capacity for youths to thrive.
The President who was represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Job Creation and Youth Empowerment, Mr. Afolabi Imoukhuede, said the flag-off of the monitoring and evaluation tour to Osun was in recognition of the state as pioneer of the idea behind the establishment of the N-Power programme.
Buhari explained that the flag-off of the tour in Osun was also in recognition of the successes recorded by the state through her Osun Youth Employment Scheme popularly called (OYES).
Addressing the volunteers at the Executive Council lounge of the Governor’s office, in Osogbo, Buhari acknowledged the leadership style of Aregbesola for the machinery already set in motion to enhance the smooth running and success of the N-Power programme.
According to the President, out of 24,000 applicants that applied for the empowerment programme in Osun, over 10,000 unemployed youths ((both on graduate and non-graduate components) had been successfully engaged across the state on different specified areas like teaching, agro-economic and health.