By Yinka Kolawole
Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Osun state chapter, on Wednesday described the job centre recently inaugurated by the state governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, as a “fraud and another misstep from a straying administration”.
Aregbesola had recently commissioned for use a centre in Osogbo to assist unemployed youths search for jobs in the labour market.
But the opposition party, in a statement signed by Prince Diran Odeyemi, its spokesperson, said it was bizarre that the Aregbesola administration that could not pay salaries and pensions of workers and retirees would embark on another round of wasteful spendings through a multi-million naira centre to assist unemployed youths get jobs that are not created or available.
The PDP said Aregbesola’s 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.
It therefore asked the administration to explain what gains O’yes and other programmes had brought to the state.
The statement reads: “Mr. Aregbesola from our findings must have been seeing job centres in advanced countries of the world and thought introducing such would halt his falling popularity among the people of the state”
“Imagine if monies expended on the project are spent on clearing the backlog of arrears of salaries owed youth engaged through O’yes scheme and other failed initiatives, the beneficiaries would not have been plunged into deeper economic crisis as they are experiencing now, after accepting to sweep streets even with their degrees.”