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We are using Decent Jobs to tackle poverty …. Oshiomhole

…creates 6,780 jobs

By Funmi Komolafe

Comrade Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state leaves on one in doubt that labour gave him all.    Oshiomhole
played up his background  during his first anniversary   when he said “  I have three teachers; Comrade Hassan
Sunmonu, Ali Chiroma and Abdulwaheed Omar.  My labour background cannot be divorced from me”. His wife, Clara described him as a “ workaholic”.

The Comrade Governor described  Alhaji Hassan Sunmonu, a former president of the Nigeria Labour Congress ( NLC) as a source of inspiration.  For Omar, the incumbent NLC president, Oshiomhole said, “ I’m very  proud that  I handed
over to someone who sustained the struggle and improved on it”.

Giving his report card, the Governor said, “ We cannot lament poverty away.    The only way to defeat poverty is
through Decent  Jobs.  The challenge of creating this cannot be  transferred to the private sector.  At the time
our neighbouring state cannot pay salaries , I’m able to report to you that we have created 6,780 new Decent Jobs.
Job Creation doesn’t have  to be conditional.”

Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole and former Governor of old Bendel State, Chief Samuel Ogbemudia at the first anniversary lecture of Oshiomhole administration in Edo State, last week.
Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole and former Governor of old Bendel State, Chief Samuel Ogbemudia at the first anniversary lecture of Oshiomhole administration in Edo State, last week.

He said if we assume that each worker has at least four dependants in line with African tradition, “ we have saved
25,000 people from poverty” Governor Oshiomhole said whereas the government  of the Peoples’ Democratic Party
froze employment of teachers,  nurses , doctors  and civil servants, “ we have  lifted the embargo  on employment.  We have employed 1,150  new teachers .  We have tarred 31 roads “.

All the projects  are  real  – Ogbemudia

A chieftain of the Peoples’ Democratic Party and one time governor of Edo and Delta states, Dr. Samuel Osaigbovo
Ogbemudia  was full of commendation for Governor Oshiomhole .

He said Oshiomhole is “not expected to finish four years job in one year.  If we all put our  hands together  the
development of  Edo state will be faster.”. Dr. Ogbemudia said he had carried out his own  independent assessment of the projects and can confirm that they  have been executed.

Only competent hands will work for Edo- Gov
The Governor while responding to criticism from some PDP members that he imported florists from Lagos for the
beautification programme, Governor Oshiomhole told journalists has no apologies.

“ We have very limited resources and  we don’t want to spend part of it on experimentation.  I don’t want anybody
to come to Edo state to learn how to because we are in a hurry.  If we find someone doing a good job already in
Lagos , in   Nigeria , even if he is a non Nigerian  and I believe he can add value to Edo state, we bring him.

We are not tribalists.  We are just Nigerians.  There are Edo state indigenes who are working in Lagos .  The head
Of  LASTMA ( Lagos State Transport Management Authority) former commissioner of police , Mr. Young Arabamen  is a very proud citizen of Edo state. There are Edo people who are local government chairmen in Niger state. There are
many working in Kano state.  So, I have no apologies. Members of the public here are not complaining it is only PDP.

The Governor said  jobs created through environmental sanitation will be completely self – financing .

We pay above minimum wage

Governor Oshiomhole said whereas the national minimum wage is N5, 500 per month, those engaged by the state earn
N10,000 month.   He said the jobs are also sustainable jobs.

For instance he said, the Information, Communication and Technology scheme has a lot of work to do.   “ They are carrying out biometrics for school purposes, taxes, school registration purposes etc.  “.

In his words,  “ the import of the jobs we created is not just because we pay them , now they have an identity.
If stopped to introduce themselves, they can do so.  Unemployment dehumanizes in  every way”.


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