Former Deputy Governor of Ekiti state, Mr. Adebisi Omoyeni, will contest for the governorship election of the state coming up on July 14, on the ticket of the People Alliance for National Development & Liberty Party.
Omoyeni formally announced that he would fly the banner of the party during a press conference attended by his supporters and PANDEL leaders in the state at his country home in Ikere-Ekiti recently. He said if elected his administrationâ€™s industrialisation agenda will be anchored on agriculture and education to give the state a new economy and change the character of the state from the civil service state tag.
Omoyeni noted that he would create within four years at least 10,000 high-paying agriculture and agro-allied jobs for youths of the state. â€œWithin four years we will work to give Ekiti a new character different from the tag of civil service state. Our government will target rice, cocoa and cassava production and build industry and wealth around the value chain by partnering key industries and private sector. We will create 10,000 quality jobs through integrating production of rice, cocoa and cassava with industrial processors. We will bring young people into farming by organising them into cooperatives and link them up as out-growers to industrial off-takers,â€ he said.
The PANDEL candidate bemoaned the poor revenue generating capacity of the state which is the reason why the state cannot pay salary of workers and pensioners as at when due.
â€œA major crisis facing Ekiti State today is very poor revenue profile. My administration will tackle this headlong and my experience as a banker will be leveraged to achieve this with a very short time. We will unlock the dead economic assets of the people by ensuring within 12 months that our people can have C of O on their landed properties which they can use to access credit from banks to do their businesses.
â€œAs at total the total bank credit in Nigeria in Ekiti is less than 0.3 per cent. This is abysmally low. It is only through economic activities of the people that Internally Generated Revenue of the state can be boosted without putting tax burden on our people. My administration will work to increase the monthly state IGR to at least N1billion naira within 18 months.â€