Yinka kolawole in Osogbo
The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Lasun Yussuff, Thursday formally declared his intention to contest the governorship election wit
h other 26 aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State.
He boasted that with his position as Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, ECOWAS, Chairman, Constitution Review Committee, Chairman, Appropriation Committee, he has the largest connection and influence among the aspirants.
Declaring his intention at the APC secretariat along Gbongan Road, Osogbo, Yussuff promised that he would sustain the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (Oâ€™YES) of Governor Rauf Aregbesola and upgrade it to meet the national standard.
The deputy speaker who is the member representing Irepodun/Olorunda/Orolu/ Osogbo federal constituency, said security and welfare of the people are the major aspects of every government, assuring that he has energy and wherewithal to provide security and welfare, if elected
â€œThere is no government that can employ one out of 10 per cent of those applying for governmentâ€™s job. These are the things we refuse to tell our people, that is why the pressure is almost on government to provide jobs for everybody.
â€œWe donâ€™t have to deceive people because we want to win election. One of the most pragmatic programmes of Aregbesola that I will hold on to, that I will expand, develop, and I will write a legislation on, is Oâ€™YES. By now, Oâ€™YES is suppose to have been backed up by legislation.
â€œI am going to make sure that 70 per cent of those that will be recruited to Oâ€™YES will be deployed to farm, and the first thing that I will do is to have a legislation and act of parliament on Oâ€™YES.
â€œThe governor has provided infrastructure for education, the problem is that there are no longer committed teachers and willing students.â€
He emphasised on his plans to engage youths in entrepreneurship, saying students must have entrepreneurial skills no matter the level of education.
â€œWhen I become governor on September 22 this year, the Government Technical College, Osogbo, will be elevated and Iâ€™m going to have each of such in all the federal constituencies.
Speaking on the alleged rift between him and Aregbesola, he described it as â€˜mere rumour,â€™ adding that he is in good terms with the governor.
The state Chairman of the party, Prince Gboyega Famoodun, advised the deputy speaker to align himself with the partyâ€™s programmes.
He promised that the party would allow a level-playing ground for all the aspirants, urging him to follow the guidelines and respect the party.