YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: Omoluabi Youth Clubs Launches, Set To Generate A Culture Of Ethical Values In Osun
Governor of the state of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola says his administration will not tolerate any act of violence and any other immoral act that can cause chaos and bring the state to disrepute. Ogbeni Aregbesola gave the warning in Ede at the official launch of the Omoluabi boys and girls club and the Omoluabi youth club jointly put together by the Ministry of Youths, Sports and Special Needs and the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs.
The Governor ,who declared that the Omoluabi Boys and Girls club is for the ages of 12 and 17 and the Omoluabi Youth club is for between the ages of 18 and 35 ,described the youruba culture as rich in values that teaches morals and warned the people against fighting in thebname of any religion to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere being enjoyed in the state.
According to him, the reason for organising the clubs is to build confidence in the children and the youths and engender tolerance, harmony in faith and ethics of yoruba culture and values.
He also stressed that the club would be used to generate a culture of ethical values that would bring about positive change which the present administration desires.
Ogbeni Aregbesola ,who emphasised the need to train the youths properly said that no matter the investment by a government on infrastructure, if the moral of the people is not invested in, it will be in vain because uncultured people will destroy any good thing that the government might have done.
The Governor stressed that there is the need for the continuous cultivation of the human mind to generate good deeds noting that it is for this reason that the administration has taken the OMOLUABI concept very seriously from the first day of the administration in office.
He said it is necessary to create a society of virtuous and progressive people rather than one of delinquents and retrogressive elements observing that the best way to do this is to begin from the cradle saying that the studies of socialisation and culture affirm that civilisation actually begins from birth.
The Governor said that the yoruba people have some of the best cultures in the world which is rich in positive values and virtues on which the Omoluabi ethos is central.
While stating that the clubs would exist in all the local government areas and the Ife East Area Office,the Governor enjoined all traditional rulers to help in nurturing the clubs in their domain.
Delivering a keynote address at the event, renowned yoruba playwright and author, Prof. Akinwumi Ishola explained that the greatest asset which the Yorubas have that can be sold to the entire world is the Omoluabi virtue which God has naturally deposited in the yoruba man.
While noting that the yoruba language is one of the most respected languages in the world which should not be allowed to go into extinction, Prof. Akinwumi enjoined members of the club to dream about good things and always work towards achieving it in a positive way.
Earlier in a welcome address, the Commissioner for Youths, Sports and Special Needs, Mr Steven Kola Balogun observed that youths are the greatest assets a nation can have hence issues concerning youths should be taken seriously at all times.
He said the coming into being of the Omoluabi clubs is to train the youths in good character development and become change agents in their various communities.
The Commissioner then enjoined the people to cooperate with the government in seeing to the success of the lofty idea.
In attendance were the first lady in the state of Osun, Alhaja Serifat Aregbesola, the state Deputy Governor, Mrs Titi Laoye Tomori, APC party chieftains, Royal Fathers including the Timi of Ede land as well as members of the state executive council.