Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate for the October 20 Ondo State governorship election, Chief Olusola Oke, says he is right person to govern the state in the next four years.
Oke, who spoke in Lagos on Saturday, said he had become familiar with the problems of the people of the state to appreciate their sufferings.
He said, “There is serious poverty among the people of the state; people are suffering because the government of the day has not created business avenues for them to be self-dependent.
“The basic business our people understand is buying and selling but this enterprise has been hampered by inaccessible roads and the inability of the government to empower them to do so effectively. Rural roads are not opened up, which directly hampers the desire of the people to do nusiness.”
Oke lamented that despite the Olusegun Mimiko admistration getting about N600bn as Federal Allocation and Internally Generated Revenue in about three and half years in government, it had not completed any meaningful projects.
He said, “The Alpha 3Ds in Akure, which has the capacity to employ about 1,000, has been abandoned; the garri processing factory has been abandoned; the Olokola initiative has been abandoned; the Owena Dam reticulation, where the Federal Government has spent about N11bn has been abandoned. The Akure Stadium has been abandoned while our teams have to go to Ijebu Ode to play their matches.
“There are several roads in the Igbokoda area, which were started by the (Olusegun) Agagu admistration and even the ODSOPADEC while I was the chairman but up until now, the government in the state has not added an inch to the roads because Agagu started them. The Mimiko government has not completed any road in Ondo since assumption of office; let him disprove this.”
Oke said he would place emphasis on agriculture and allied business to create jobs.
He said, “We will get the graduates to go into farming but not the way they are going about it now. We will ensure that conducive environment is created for them where they won’t feel abandoned in the bush. It is criminal to employ graduates as traffic warders and give them N10,000 and you say you have created jobs.”