The Obaseki’s 200,000 jobs Realisation
Yes, we can! Never mind that the dearth of statistics has remained the bane of the nation, but it is projected that no less than 100,000 job opportunities have been created over the course of the last seven years under the Oshiomhole administration.
These jobs cut across the public and private sector just as they straddle information and communications technology, health and social welfare and other sectors of the state’s economy.
Some of the jobs directly created are in the Information and Communication Technology Agency, the Board of Internal Revenue, Edo State University, ongoing Central Hospital among others including the Civil Service.
These agencies among others, have employed and continue to employ thousands of youths many of whom would have remained in the labour market were these opportunities not opened up to them.
That is not all – the state government has retooled Central Hospital to a Five-Star Hospital; built a new university all of which would further boost economic activities of the state and its people.
Today, the state can count its chicks in the spin-off from private investment promotion.
For instance, Wells Farm alone promises to employ over 80,000, ditto Bua and Dangote both of which are also looking at employing thousands of youths just as Okpella Cement factory has employed several youths and still counting. Yong Xing and Azura power have also employed and will continue to employ youths in their thousands.
Add to this the fact that workers in the public service are earning salaries as at when due; the pensioners are of course not left out. Taken together with the newly engaged workers in the various companies all of whom are now contributing actively to the economy, the state’s rising profile under its current helmsman is better appreciated.
For Obaseki, “this is as a result of the reforms in governance and improvement in infrastructure undertaken by the current administration”.
He said, “Edo State is now poised to be a hub for investment in Nigeria and this is obvious from the close to $2 billion investments which have come in from the Azura Power Plant in Ihovbor/Orhior/ Idunmowina Communities in Uhunwode LGA.
“Over $1 Billion is being invested in a 6 Million MT cement factory in Estako East LGA by the Dangote Group; Fresh investments by Rubber Estate of Nigeria Ltd (RENL) and Presco Plc in massive Rubber plantations and processing factories in Orhionmwon LGA”.