The Federal Government has approved the training of over 5,000 Oyo State youths in different vocations.
Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare made this known during his visit to the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, at his Popoyemoja Palace in Ibadan.
Dare had visited the monarch to felicitate with him on his 92nd birthday.
Dare, who noted that the COVID-19 pandemic had affected the laid down programmes of the Federal Government, however, said work had now commenced across the various sectors of the economy.
“Sir, because of COVID-19, all the laid down programmes of our president was stopped. But since last three weeks, he has been approving the programmes.
“If you recall, when I became a minister, you sent some youths to me for employment, but today we have received approval to train 5,000 youths in the state.
“I want the palace to nominate one person to liaise with my office and myself to carry out the programme,” he said.
The minister also said there was a marching order for contractors working on federal government roads in Oyo State to return to the site.
He added that approval had also been given to commence work on Saki waterworks following the efforts of Adebayo Shittu, the immediate past Minister of Communications.