And that Obaseki’s Manifesto (Part 1)
Fourteen days ago, Saturday in Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium – Ogbe Stadium – it was Mr. Godwin Obaseki and his running mate, Comrade Philip Shaibu’s gubernatorial campaign flag-off. But, it was Adams Oshiomhole’s day.
Obaseki, then a little-known behind-the-scene Oshiomhole’s economic strategist delivered a 72-minute manifesto that set his political career fully blown in motion while his running mate, Shaibu had begun his political career as a parliamentarian who qualifies as “one of Oshiomhole’s Rasputins” – they stood side-by-side during the policy statement.
The event – launched with the rocket-fuel intensity that Obaseki’s speech provided, set a new generation of young and old, men and women, boys and girls, APC and PDP alike jockeying for attention into their future careers in the soon-to-be-formed government.
The water-tight manifesto, no doubt, sent quivers to the kitchen cabinet of the opposition candidate – it resonated in the social media! When you deal a debilitating blow on your political adversaries, their uncoordinated responses and body resistance can tell the side of the bed they woke from the morning after.
“Oh, he failed to read his speech extempore”, but they agree it was packed full of goodies for future stars. “Oh, it wasn’t printed in a booklet form” reminiscence of the rag-tag called “Simple Looting Agenda”, but they were quick to agree that it will usher in a floodgate of economic abundance and surplus jobs.
When Obaseki gave a peep into what we should expect from his government, especially the 200,000 job surplus, it came with disbelief to the opposition party but, we have offered to assist with an explanation on its workability.
Take for instance, in a sectorial sequence, agriculture. Registered farmers in Edo state and in the 18 local government areas out-numbers 35,000 – small holding farmers – this statistics is according to records from the Ministry of Agriculture.
Records also show that each of these 35,000 farmers occupy at least 2 to 5 hectares of land which summarily means 115,000 hectares with a labour requirement of 3 workers per hectares of production – take for instance, rice and 5 workers per hectares of production – again cassava.
Arithmetically, this translates to a manpower of 315,000 and up to 500,000 workers – this calculation in the agricultural entrepreneurial scheme is for 2 crops alone – and powered by Obaseki, the Chairman of Edo State Economic and Strategy Team of the Adams Oshiomhole led government.
Now, you can see them – the Simple Agenda protagonists carefully peeking past the Obaseki’s awesomely crafted manifesto but as bad politicians true to type, they have a duty to be critical to the pursuit of the document that would herald the emergence of future stars and alleviate poverty, if not eradicate it.