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Gov. Mimiko Gets Peace Award

Olusegun Mimiko
The Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko has charged Nigerians not to lose confidence and hope in the nation because of the present challenges, insisting that brighter future awaits the nation.

Mimiko gave the charge at the Government House in Akure on Saturday, after the conferment of the award of Ambassador of Peace in Nigeria on him by the Scout Association of Nigeria. He spoke after his investiture as the patron of the association in the state.

Mimiko warned Nigerians against de-marketing the nation before the international community due to her present challenges. He said that the achievements recorded by governments at all levels must be celebrated by Nigerians.

The governor attributed the prevailing peace in Ondo State partly to the synergy between the government and the governed, where people see the government and its programmes as their personal belongings thereby protecting and guarding them jealously.

Mimiko, who identified youth unemployment as one of the greatest challenges confronting the nation, noted that both the federal and state governments have been intensifying efforts at reducing the trend.
He listed the provision of over N200bn for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Loan Scheme, Graduate Internship Scheme and youths in programmes by the Federal Government as part of efforts to create jobs and reduce poverty in the country.

He added that his administration had also engaged youths in agro-preneurial training, provided loans to various associations and empowerment opportunities for the youth to be gainfully engaged.

He expressed the commitment of his administration in partnering the Scout Association of Nigeria, with a view to deepening the core values of societal development in the youths as the future of Nigeria.
He also appreciated the association for the honour done him and vowed to continue to do things that will sustain the peace and development of Ondo State.

Earlier in his speech, the Chief Commissioner of the association, Mr. Soga Sofolahan, commended the state government for the prevailing peace in the state.



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