Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Monday, announced that his administration has set aside packages totaling the sum of 1 billion to cover for compensation for victims of police brutality and injustice.
The amount will also be used for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, MSME, scheme, for youths.
The package includes an initial deposit of N500 million for MSMEs and another N500 million as compensation to victims of police brutality and injustice.
Governor Makinde, who made the disclosure while addressing traditional rulers, local government chairpersons, security operatives and other stakeholders at a meeting on Monday, said that the state government would equally employ 5,000 youths across the Ministries, Departments and Agencies, in order to address the challenge of youth unemployment in the state.
He added that the state would also ensure that the 2021 Budget captured a Direct Labour Agency that would allow youths with prerequisite skills to have access to jobs whenever projects were awarded.
A statement by Mr. Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, indicated that the governor stated these at the House of Chiefs, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, while meeting with the traditional rulers, security chiefs, religious leaders and chairmen of the 68 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas.
Some of those in attendance include the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji Aje Ogungunniso 1; Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, and other traditional rulers across the state; the Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Kwara and Delta States, Alhaji Alhaji Dawud Makanjuola; the state’s chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Apostle Joshua Akinyemi; the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Leye Oyebade, and Service Commanders in the State.
He stated that apart from the platforms already put out by the government for victims of police brutality to report their experiences, the state would inaugurate the judicial panel of inquiry within the next one week, adding that his government would continue to live up to its mantra of putting the people first.