The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has appealed to the Federal and state governments across the country to come up with robust programmes to tackle youth unemployment.
Speaking in Ode-Itsekiri (Big Warri) town in Warri South Local Government area of Delta state, the Ife monarch said emphasis needs to be placed on the youths because of their critical position as future leaders.
The monarch spoke during the coronation ceremony of Ogiame Ikenwoli Olu of Warri.
He said, “I want to appeal to leaders that we should develop a well robust program for our youths because they are the future leaders.”
The respected monarch’s plea came days after a similar call by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who described the rising unemployment among the teeming youth population as a time bomb.
Meanwhile, the monarch prophesied a bright future for the country, stressing that a wind of change “is gradually blowing”.
He emphasized the close historical affinity between Ile-Ife and the Itsekiri people of Delta state, stressing that “the strong relation dates back centuries.”
While describing his and Ogiame Ikenwoli’s coronation as a new dawn in the cordial relationship between the two kingdoms, he promised to work with his counterpart to grow their common interests.
He said, “I just have to be physically present here today. What is important to me is peace and cooperation between the two kingdoms and the entire country.
“I congratulate the entire Itsekiri land and the people of Itsekiri. Let us continue to foster peace harmony together and to take our nation to another level. A wind of change is blowing gradually in our nation and God will continue to bless our nation,” he added.
Speaking in the same vein, Chief Sam Igbe, who is the Iyasere and representative of Benin Kingdom at the event, described Ogiame Ikenwoli’s coronation as a “wonderful and unique event.
“On behalf of the Oba of Benin, I wish HRM Ogiame Ikenwoli a happy and useful reign. We come to you (Warri Kingdom) as your relations.”