Tuesday, 28 May 2019

DISCOVERED: 2 Types of Corruption in Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme

Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme is a revolving 2-year volunteers scheme introduced on the 17th day of December, 2010 by  Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola.

The empowerment scheme apart is also an innovative approach to tackling unemployment, youth restiveness and potential criminal tendencies.

Recently, the Osun State Government enlisted another set of 20,000 youths for engagement.

The newly-enlisted beneficiaries of the scheme were trained on leadership, social, cultural and economic studies, attitudinal studies and physical training.  They were thaught not only how to get job placement easily, but how to be enterprising and be independent economically in line with the tenet of hard work and virtuous character after which they were deployed into their Local Governments for community service where they are placed under the control of coordinators.

An OYES cadet works for just three hours in a day after which he/she engages in other productive things that can bring in extra income for him/her. Many that are recruited into the scheme with low or unprofessional qualification are enlisted to partake in work requiring little skill and lacking prestige. So, it is common to see OYES cadets cleaning roads, cutting grasses by roadsides and market cleaning. Some of the recruited moved clandestinely to evade this and this where corruption dived in.

Corruption appears to be a never-ending national stigma and it is the only option opened to a cadet that wants to evade OYES menial job. Coordinators palm must be rubbed!

Investigation has revealed that some OYES cadets on arrangement with Local Government coordinators don't report at all for their assignments and those that are reluctant to part with some percentage of their monthly allowances have their menial job doubled. In other words some are on "nonappearance" with regular allowance.

Secondly, a cadet that wants to develop himself/herself by being selected to attend seminars needs to enter into agreement with his/her coordinator. The seminar allowance though paid directly by the State Government into the cadet/beneficiary's bank account is to be withdrawn and given to the coordinator.

Therefore, the purpose of this publication arrived at after investigation is to make those at the helms of affairs of Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme to double eforts to eradicate corruption that is creeping into this laudable scheme. Don't let these deviant behaviours associated with selfish gains of some very few destroy the OYES program at the public expense.

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