By Alemma Aliu
BENIN—LESS than two years into the administration of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Mr Osarodion Ogie yesterday, said that the administration was close to its 200,000 jobs promised to be created within four years.
Speaking with journalists in Benin City, Ogie said that over 50,000 youths had been employed through the Edo Jobs initiative and introduction of e-ticketing for collection of revenue.
He said that no fewer than 250 persons out of the over 7100 who applied would be employed in the revamped Edo State Traffic Management Agency, adding that screening has commenced for the training of 6,600 youths in intelligence gathering to help fight crimes in communities in the state.
The Edo SSG said the revolution being carried out by the Obaseki administration was to empower thousands of people instead of a few individuals.
He said that reforms in the local government area had led to increased Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, hence councils can now pay salaries, clear back log of salaries arrears and award contracts.
“We are not yet two years in office but we are close to our 200,000 jobs target. Government does not want to waste money so we are building institutions,” he said.