The governorship aspirant of the Labour Party in Osun State, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, has berated Governor Rauf Aregbesola for engaging graduates as street sweepers.
Akinbade, who said this in a statement issued by his media consultant, Mr. Kayode Oladeji, in Osogbo on Tuesday, said that engaging graduates as sweepers was demeaning and capable of causing frustration for the youths.
The governor had engaged 20,000 youths into the Osun Youth Employment Scheme within his first 100 days in office.
He said that the number of youths he had engaged for the scheme had increased to 40,000.
But Akinbade, who prescribed provision of jobs as a panacea to the problem of insecurity in the country, said sweeping the streets was not the right way to engage the youths especially graduates.
The aspirant, who is a former Secretary to the State Government under former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola administration, urged government at all levels in the country to place more premium on the provision of enduring jobs to stem the tide of insecurity facing the nation.
He said, “We are so blessed in this country. I believe if our government at all levels provide jobs that could be relied on, then insecurity will be reduced. We are not talking about the so-called jobs which Aregbesola’s administration is claiming to be providing in Osun State whereby graduates are made to be sweeping the streets and cutting grasses.”
The LP governorship aspirant suggested that government should create an enabling environment for cottage industries to thrive, arguing this would give job opportunities to millions of youths.
But the Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, said in a statement that Aregbesola remained number one in empowerment and employment generation in the country.
He said, “When the question of empowerment is raised in Nigeria today, Aregbesola occupies a prime position as a pace-setter in Nigeria whose programmes designed to empower the citizens, are now being replicated throughout the country.
“Aregbesola took the initiative within 100 days of coming to power to empower 20,000 youths with employment. Today, that number has risen to 40,000, and over N400m is being injected into Osun’s economy monthly. That come
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