Osun state governor Ademola Adeleke has dissolved the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (O-YES).

This was contained in a circular issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Teslim Igbalaye, on Thursday, February 16, 2023, in Osogbo, the state capital.

According to him, the scrapped OYES has been replaced by Imole Youth Corps.

Igbalaye said the decision was taken to reposition the youth empowerment programme inherited from the previous government for effective functionality, sustainability, and dignity of labour.

He noted that the replacement was in fulfilment of one of the governor’s electoral promises in ensuring meaningful and proper youth engagement in the state.

A new scheme code-named Imole Youth Corps is hereby put in place to engage our teeming youths in the state.

“Application forms will be available for prospective youths in all the 30 Local Governments, including Ife East Area Office of the State FREE of charge beginning from Friday, 17th February 2023,” the circular reads.

Recall that OYES was established by the former governor of the state, Rauf Aregbesola, and was sustained by his successor, Gboyega Oyetola, for youth empowerment.

OYES was grassroots driven youth empowerment scheme that sought to direct the bursting energy of this army of unemployed youth toward the good of society.

The scheme was believed to have  engaged over 20,000 youths across the state in a blend of community service and social welfare models.


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