‘It’s for youths’ benefit’
‘No, it’s fraudulent’ – PDP kicks
Osun governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has carpeted his critics, especially from the opposition party in the state, over the recently commissioned job centre. He added that the centre will assist the teeming unemployed youths in the state search for employment in the labour market.
Speaking with ENCOMIUM Weekly, via his spokesperson, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, the governor expressed bitterness on the myriad criticism coming from the People’s Democratic Party in the state and those that might have been poisoned against the administration of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state. He described their comments on the project as unnecessary ranting, wasteful, mischievous and ill-directed.
He therefore called on the good people of the state to support the administration in all its bids to build the state to an enviable status, and to the benefit of the indigenous of the state.
“Their ranting is uncalled for. Very mischievous and misleading.
“Yes, there is an employment centre, just created in the state and the people of the state are happy about it. We can’t be bugged down by the irrational thinking of our critics or emptiness of their own idea. We saw opportunity and we created it. And people, especially youth are enjoying it. The centre is for the benefit of the youth in the state and people are happy with it. The administration has done more and is still going to do more.
“These are the things that make a huge difference between us and them. And these are the things that make us government of the people and made them party against the people.
“We can only advise the people of the state to continue supporting the administration and not to listen to the market noise being generated by disgruntled elements in the state who are hell-bent in inciting the people against Governor Aregbesola.”
Meanwhile, the PDP, Osun State chapter has, a couple of days back described the project as a fraud and another misstep from a straying administration.
In a statement signed and forwarded to ENCOMIUM Weekly by the party’s spokesperson, Mr. Diran Odeyemi, it’s a bizarre that Aregbesola’s administration that could not pay salaries and pensions of workers and retirees, would now embark on another round of wasteful spending through a multimillion naira centre to assist unemployed youth get jobs that are not available.
“Aregbsola administration that first introduced ‘half salary’ before other states started copying the idea, had tried its hands on many other initiatives to engage the youth without success. The administration should explain what gains OYES and other programmes have brought to the state.
“Mr. Aregbesola, from our findings, must have been seeing job centres in advanced countries and thought introducing such would half his failing popularity among the people of the state.”
The statement read further, “Imagine the money expanded on the project was spent on clearing backlog of arrears of salaries owed youth engaged through OYES and other failed initiatives, the beneficiaries would not have been plunged into deeper economic crises as they’re experiencing now, after accepting to sweep the streets even with their degrees.”