Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has said his administration would collaborate with groups and individuals for the youth development and empowerment. Akeredolu, who spoke at the weekend in Akure during the launching of the multimillion naira Club Elan Youth Development Multipurpose Centre, pledged that the state government would partner with the club towards finding lasting solution to the alarming rate of youth unemployment.
The governor, who said he was part of the club during its formative days in 1997 as the then state's Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, noted that it was imperative "because we want to take our youths off the street."
He said: "That is one of the ways you can take them off the streets and engage their minds. We want to make sure that their future is guaranteed, and that is one of the ways we can guarantee their future.
"The future of this country belongs to these people and we must nurture them now. I hope as we partner with you, we will be able to do this for years; it is in our interest," he said. Akeredolu lauded the club for its 20 years of achievement and sustainable development, saying the recreational facilities provided for its members and community at large have been of immense benefits. The President of the club, Mr. Tony Omonori, reiterated that the centre would considerably add more value to the youths in the state.