By Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo
The governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore has said his manifesto would centre on human capital development for meaningful government.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with THISDAY in Osogbo, the state capital, he noted that the party is insisting on human capital development in the state, adding that the working of any policy and programme is dependent largely on human capital development.
He noted that unemployment rate in the state is high, stressing that for him to plan, he must know the number of unemployed graduates.
“We want to plan for the development of Osun State. The present government is not sincere. Our people are impoverished, but the state government is giving jobs to plumbers, masons and other artisans from Lagos State,” he said.
He said he would be emphasising local content in his government, adding that all jobs emanating from Osun State would be done by the people in the state, while graduates would be employed and trained to be employable.
“If we want to get to the level we desire, we must ascertain where we are; we started this over a year; they did not talk. We started with vocational skills, involving artisans like auto mechanics, electricians, hair dressers and so on. We have finished with those categories.
“We are now on indigenes with educational qualifications such as Ordinary National Diploma (OND), Higher National Diploma (HND) and first degrees. We want to start working immediately we get into government. We don’t want OYES kind of thing where people will be given only N10,000 only for them to be disengaged after a period of time,” he said.
He revealed that he wants to give people dignified and pensionable employment.
“Human capital is germane and it is contained in our manifesto. Financial resources of any state can only be effectively driven by human capital development,” he added.
He stated that the primary concern of the APC is just to award contracts and take the money belonging to the state to Lagos State.
“We want to restore dignity back to our people. With diligent planning we are going to employ all employable graduates in this state.
“We need data to know where we are going. We would train them to be employable and give them access to new skills. There are 10 trade centres in Osun State that have not been utilised. We will equip them,” he added.