Retiring Director urges govt to provide youth employment opportunities

By Vivian Emoni
Mr Adebowale Adebayo, Assistant Director, Accounting Department, Ministry of Works and Housing, on Sunday warned youths to desist from any form of crime while calling on the Federal Government to provide employment opportunities.
Adebayo, who celebrated his retirement as a civil servant in the ministry and 60th birthday in Abuja, advised parents to give their children good training for a better society.
He said that unemployment and poverty had led many youths into various vices, adding that job creation would help curtail such menace in the society.
According to him, one of the problems of our youth today was the thirst to get rich and make quick money, and thus they had seriously engaged in various crimes that had ruined their lives.
“Parents have a lot to do in solving this problem. It is the duty of the parents to advise their children on the negative effects of making quick money, through ritual killings.
“Parents should always advise their children on the kind of friends they keep, in most cases, it is bad peer pressure that influenced the mind of our youths.
“Moreover, government has a big role to play in providing employment to our youths.
“So, my advise to government is to create massive employment for our youths, make life better for our citizens.
“If this opportunity is created, I believe, crime; kidnapping, killings, robbery and other vices will reduce in the country,” he said.
The director also urged parents to ensure that they gave their children good education, adding that knowledge was key to success.
He said that when the youths had such knowledge, then the up-coming generation would fall back on something meaningful and the society would be able to provide them with the best.
Adebayo also urged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government to dialogue to provide a solution that could end the ongoing strike effectively.
He said that students had experienced so much delay through strikes and other issues, adding that the youths staying at home could also be led to engage in other vices.
The director, who advised civil servants to always exercise patience and be committed in their discharge of duty, added that the effort would promote effective service delivery.
“My advice to my colleagues that I am leaving behind is to endure whatever thing they were passing through.
“Challenges must surely come but when you exercise patience and having a mind of endurance you will overcome all the trials and challenges”, he said.
He appreciated all the staff of the ministry, relatives and friends that celebrated with him.
Mr Joseph Osayande in the Accounts and Finance Administration of the ministry, who would be taking over Adebayo’s position in the office, described him as a good and selfless man.
Osayande prayed that God would give him wisdom to work even better than the out-going director.
Mrs Abolande Adebowale, wife to the celebrant, thanked God for granting her husband sound health to live to celebrate his 60th birthday and retire successfully and peacefully as a civil servant.
According to her, I love and cherish everyone, all the staff of the ministry, friends and relatives, who came around to celebrate with us, may people also celebrate and rejoice with them.
Also, Mrs Olubunmi Omotesho, Deputy Director, Finance department, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, described the celebrant as a distinguished, transparent and  straight forward man who had served the government successfully.
“My prayer for him is that he is retired but cannot be tired, he will remain strong and God will always remember him even as he is retiring”.
Miss Adeyinka Adebowale, daughter to the celebrant, also thanked God for her father to be alive to celebrate his 60th birthday.
Adebowale prayed that the father would not witness sorrow, as the Lord would continue to protect and give him more strength. (NAN)

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