End SARS: Makinde Unveils N1bn Package For Compensation, Employment Of 5,000 Youths Across Govt Agencies

 “I have directed the employment of 5,000 young persons across all government agencies over the next few months"

By Gbotemi

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde on Monday, announced that his administration has set aside packages totaling the sum of 1 Billion to cover for compensation for victims of police brutality and injustice and a Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) scheme, for youths.

The package includes an initial deposit of N500 million for MSMEs and another N500 million as compensation to victims of police brutality and injustice.

Governor Makinde, who made the disclosure while addressing traditional rulers, local government chairpersons, security operatives and other stakeholders at a meeting on Monday, said that the state government will equally employ 5,000 youths across the Ministries, Departments and Agencies, in order to address the challenge of youth unemployment in the state.

He explained that the agitation by the youths was legitimate and his administration will make a deliberate and concerted efforts geared towards productively engaging the youths to bring an end to youthful unemployment in the state.

According to the governor “We have been talking to Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency, OYOWMA, before now.

“We have been talking to AMOTEKUN. We have to, immediately, wrap some of those recruitment up and put these people off the street.

“The criteria for employment and the dates for assessment will be announced by the agency authorities.

“Going forward, starting from 2021, there will be provisions made for the Direct Labour Agency in the budget. This will ensure more employment opportunities for residents who have requisite skills when projects are awarded.”

Recall last week, youths took over some major roads in Oyo state and nationwide calling for an end to police brutality and the notorious unit – Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The protest was later hijacked by hoodlums leading to vandalisation and looting of stores and warehouses across the country.

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