The Osun State government on Monday announced the postponement of the first edition of Western Nigeria Regional Youth Summit scheduled to hold in Osogbo this week, citing the need for effective participation from Yorubas in diaspora.
The State Commissioner for Regional Integration, Mr Bola Ilori, who announced the postponement at a press conference in Osogbo said the idea of the summit elicited unexpected endorsement from people of Yoruba extraction all over the world.
Ilori added that the need to make adequate provision for those in diaspora necessitated the sudden postponement.
“We must say we are pleasantly surprised at the huge interest the idea of the summit has generated across the country. We never envisaged such level of enthusiasm.
“It is more surprising that we openly announced that we were not going to provide transport nor pay for accommodation yet, 2097 conscious youths of western Nigeria have registered online on our portal before we closed it. This reality is quite different from the image people erroneously attached to our youths.
“We considered it a matter of pride and privilege to receive ‘appeal of interest’ to participate from youths in diaspora,” Ilori said.
The Commissioner further explained that the Vice-president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has been billed to declare the summit open.
“We have reached out to the office of the Vice President, who is scheduled to declare the gathering open and some other dignitaries from the region have expressed their interest to participate.
“We hereby announce a short postponement of the Regional Youth Summit 2017, initially fixed for 12th &13th of December 2017.
“Please, be rest assured that a new date, within this festive season, will be communicated shortly.”