Femi Ogbonnikan In Abeokuta
Ogun State Governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Hon. Dimeji Bankole, yesterday pledged to tackle mass unemployment and fix bad roads and economic complexity in Ogun State, if elected as governor in the upcoming 2019.
Bankole who is former Speaker, House of Representatives, disclosed this during his tour of Imeko-Afon Local Government area of the state.
He lamented over the deplorable condition of roads in Imeko and its environs and said the current administration in the state has done more harm than good to the people of the local government.
The governorship candidate who also paid a visit to the traditional ruler of Imeko town, Oba Benjamin Olanite, assured the monarch of mass employment opportunities for the youth of the local government, if elected as next governor of the state in 2019.
He said, “I will not stop saying it, mass employment is our watchword. We cannot open our eyes and watch the youth being jobless, I can’t promise what I cannot do, I want to assure the people of Ogun State that, if elected as the next governor of the state, I will make sure I provide jobs for the youth, because our youths need job to live on.”
The former Speaker, however, said he is not happy with the lack of jobs in the state, adding that, instead of the current administration to proffer solutions to the unemployment in the State, it has been focusing on building bridges.
“Our youths need job opportunities. The well-being of the people should be taken with every seriousness. We cannot continue to build bridges, award contracts without considering the populace.
“Mass employment has only been our party slogan, because, I discovered that most graduates are unable to get jobs and that is why I need your support, so that I can be able to achieve my aims.
“The current administration has been busy with awarding contracts, building unnecessary bridges without considering the populace. He is never concerned about employment for the youths, the economy and the wellbeing of the people”.
He, however, advised the people of the local government area to support ADP in the next general elections, saying that, other political parties are meant to mislead the people.
“I believe you all know that other parties are not steady for now, due to the problems they have been battling with and that is why you have to support ADP. We have no issue with any court, we are steady and ready to deliver.”
In his remarks, Oba Oyeditan urged the governorship candidate not to forget Imeko- Afon Local Government Area, if elected the next governor of the state.
“We are suffering here: our youths are lacking jobs, we have bad roads, no tertiary institutions and unstable electricity.”
Corroborating his colleague, the Onidofa of Idofaland, Oba David Adetunji, also appealed to the governorship candidate to provide jobs for the youths.
He said “We need state tertiary institutions in the local government, so that our youths can have the opportunity to go to school and be useful to the community.
“The people of the local government have been forsaken by the current administration. So, we are appealing to you when you become the next governor”.