The Alayetoro of Ayetoro-Ekiti, Oba Samuel Ajayi, has expressed concern over the rapid rate at which teenagers get pregnant in Ayetoro-Ekiti in Ido-Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
According to him, the rate at which the youth failed examinations, smoked Indian hemp and resort to Okoda riding, made the community’s future bleak.
The monarch raised the alarm in his speech to mark his 10th coronation anniversary in Ado-Ekiti on Monday.
Oba Ajayi said, “Unless we wake up and do something quick, the future of our youths, especially those who reside at home, could be very bleak. Most of our youths are unemployed; those who failed their Senior School Certificate Examination now prefer to ride okada, smoke Indian hemp and impregnate as many girls of school’s age as possible.
“They are neither useful to their families nor to the community at large. The crop of these youth is ready recruits in the hand of unscrupulous politicians.”
Urging the indigenes to establish small scale industries in the community, the monarch said such step would provide job opportunities for the youth and address the vices.