Mr Gold Adedayo, the Commissioner for Youth Development, has offered support to the administration of Governor Biodun Oyebanji for efforts to ensure the successful conduct of the upcoming enumeration and census.
He pledged during an advocacy visit to his office in Ado Ekiti by officials from the National Population Commission led by the Federal Commissioner representing Ekiti State, Mr Ayodeji Ajayi.
He stated that the exercise would aid in equitable resource allocation because the goal was to ascertain population numbers, demographic data, employment status, and level of living.
The Commissioner, who stated that the current administration would not leave any stone unturned in youth affairs, stated that the ministry had engaged various youth organizations, including their umbrella body, the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), on ways to bring them on board in government affairs.
He also disclosed opportunities for international collaboration to aid in the development of youth, with the goal of bringing out the potential in them to be positively involved and valuable to themselves, as well as to become employers of labour.
Adedayo, who observed that one of the Biodun Oyebanji administration's pillars is youth development, stated that the government would involve the youth in policymaking.
Earlier, Mr Deji Ajayi, Federal Commissioner of NPC, thanked the governor for appointing the commissioner to oversee youth development in the state.
He stated that the meeting's objective is to include youth in national matters, emphasizing that youths make up a higher proportion of the Nigerian population.
He stated that youths made up around 80% of the population for the census, and that information and communications technology (ICT) training was also provided to improve their productivity.
He emphasized some of the benefits of the census, such as increased worker capacity, data for planning and security, and collaboration with relevant ministries to achieve the intended goal.