By Simon Ebegbulem & Gabriel Enogholase
GOVERNORSHIP candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has said that if he is elected as governor, his government will set up Bureau of Business Development in the state.
Obaseki stated this when he met with the executives and members of the Association of Salon Operators in Edo, in Benin on Friday.
The governorship candidate said the purpose of the bureau is to have the statistics of all the registered businesses in the state, stressing that his government will be able to deal with these businesses directly, on how to increase their wealth or meet their challenges if there are any.
“Like I have said in every fora, government alone cannot provide all the needed employment opportunities for the people. It is the responsibility of the government to create the right environment for investment to thrive.
“This is what we have been doing this past seven years, to create the right environment for your businesses to boom. We are taking it a step further to empower many of our people to go into different trade and also assist those who are already into trade to increase their businesses.
“To me, by so doing, we will not only be helping ourselves as a government to fight crime and create employments, we will also be engaging our youths productively,” he stated.
He noted that the cost of doing business in Edo will reduce significantly by 2017, with the generation of 450 Mega Watts from the Azura power plant, an investment, Oshiomhole’s government brought to the state.
On the issue of data bank, he said it is necessary to know the number of unemployed people in the state and also their level of education.
According to him, “we should be able to know the number of people who need jobs, the level of education they attain, for us to know where to help them.”
Earlier in his address, the State President of the Association of Salon Operators in Edo, Mr Ogie Solomon, had pledged the support of the association for the aspiration of Obaseki.