Ekiti monarchs, board partner against youth unemployment

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The Ekiti Council of Obas says it will partner with the state Board for Technical and Vocational Education (BTVE) in the collective efforts to end youth unemployment in the state.

According to the royal fathers, the is also to realise the vision and mission of the state government in technical education.

The Chairman of the Education Committee of the council and Onisan of Isan-Ekiti, Oba Gabriel Adejuwon, stated this when the BTVE Board Chairman, Mr Kayode Babade led other members on an advocacy visit to the council in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday.

Duaglobalnews reports that the visit was to solicit the partnership of the royal fathers on how to get some of the unemployed off the streets and find ways of giving them a future.

The traditional rulers expressed their readinesd in embarking on steps that would rid the state of the army of unemployed youths and turn around the life of segment of the population for the better.

Oba Adejuwon said, ‘The youth who were not trained today will not allow the children of the rich and the affluent to have peace of mind and enjoy their own sweat.”

He thanked members of the board for sharing the same vision with Gov. Kayode Fayemi, in his determination to improve the standard of technical education in the state.

“We can see that Gov. Kayode Fayemi is determined to revitalise technical colleges, to ensure that youths are fully engaged to use their brain and hands so that they too can be employers of labour.

“I, therefore, want to appeal to all of us to join hands with the board and turn round our youths to better their future. I can assure you that our names will be written in gold.

“I also want to use this opportunity to appeal to our youths to imbibe technical and technological education, which will enable them to stand on their own for the benefit of their names and their future,“ he said.

Babade solicited the partnership of the traditional rulers for the benefit of technical education and in line with the vision of the Fayemi-led administration to bring back the glory of technical education and make the state a role model.

“In view of this, I want our Kabiyesis, who are representatives of the people in their various domains, to partner with the board so that our people back home will be more educated and enlightened.

“The world over is today surrounded by technical education expertise. Any nation that is lagging behind in this respect is dead, and we want people at home to understand that today, you are a better person when you can use your hands and brain.

“Technical education is not a place for drop outs, but a place where artisans, retirees and everyone, who intends to upgrade his skills are trained,” he said.

Earlier, Babade stressed the need for parents to enroll their children in any of the technical colleges across the state to boost technical education in the area.

He noted with delight that the state government was doing its best to reduce the rate of unemployment in the state and urged it to enhance the tempo.

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