Ekiti state governor Dr. Kayode Fayemi has expressed readiness to partner with the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) Alumni Association towards improving the quality of lives of youths and citizens, through educational and mentoring programs.
Governor Fayemi, an alumnus of the IVLP, stated this when he received executive members of the association in his office in Government House, Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
The programme is aimed at fostering mutual understanding between the United States(US) and other nations, through short-term visit to the US.
He commended the association for upholding the values of IVLP program, through various activities notably the mentoring program for students of government senior secondary schools.
This was contained in a statement made available on Wednesday, by the association’s Publicity Secretary, Mr. Richard Edoki.
Other IVLPAA projects were listed as Waste to Wealth, Teachers Training, Online Food and Grocery Training, Drugs Abuse and Crime Workshops.
Fayemi pledged the support of his administration to such initiatives, as they provide beneficiaries with leadership skills and trainings to enable them to excel academically, financially and also contribute meaningfully towards development of society.
‘The philosophy on which IVLP is built makes it easy for the state government to collaborate with the association in instilling values that will shape the future into the young ones,’ he added.
According to him, the IVLPAA’s giveback to the society can also help the state’s chapter of Fashion Designers Association in promoting its clothing products to the world. ‘It will also introduce young and middle aged people into the Online Food and Grocery sector.’
He directed relevant agencies of the state government to liaise with the IVLPAA in areas of partnership to enable Ekiti people benefit from the wealth of experience of members of the association.
Speaking earlier, President of the association, Mrs. Adetoun Tade, said the visit was to felicitate with ‘Dr. Fayemi as one of its member and to commend him for what he was doing as Governor and Chairman of the Nigeria’s Governors Forum.’
Mrs. Tade added that the visit was also to extend the activities of the association to Ekiti state to enable more people benefit from the experiences, knowledge and skills of its members.