Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun state has described the job centre recently inaugurated by the state governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola as a “fraud and another misstep from a straying administration”.
The state government had last week commissioned for use, a job centre in Osogbo, the state capital, which it said would assist unemployed youths search for jobs in the labour market.
But PDP, in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Prince Diran Odeyemi, Tuesday, stated that it was bizarre that the Aregbesola-led government, which could not pay workers’ salaries and pensions of retirees, would embark on another round of wasteful spending through a multi-million naira centre to assist unemployed youths to search for jobs that he was unable to create.
The PDP pointed out that Aregbesola’s administration, which first introduced “half salary” before other states copied the idea, had tried its hands on many other initiatives to engage youth without success, asking the administration to explain what gains O’YES and other programmes had brought to the state.
According to the statement, “Mr. Aregbesola, from our findings, must have been seeing job centres in advanced countries of the world and thought introducing such would halt his falling popularity among the people of the state.
“Imagine monies expended on the project are spent on clearing backlog of arrears of salaries owed youth engaged through O’YES scheme and other failed initiatives, the beneficiaries would not have been plunged deeper into economic crises as they are experiencing now, after accepting to sweep streets even with their degrees.
“Instead of embarking on fresh rounds of grope in the dark through ill-conceived initiatives, we advise Aregbesola to call a meeting of stakeholder for advice on the way forward.
“We also want to seize this opportunity to call on the governor to come clean about the debt portfolio of the state.
“If in the month of May Osun state still owes over N300 million in deficit after over N2billion was deducted from its April Federation Account allocation it then means the state indebtedness must be far above imagination”, PDP stated.
The party however admonished Aregbesola to appoint Commissioners and change tactics since all fresh efforts to con the people have failed.
It however assured people of the state of its readiness to provide sincere leadership that will make their wellbeing a priority.