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Unemployment Worries Me, Fayose –Speaker

Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Kola Oluwawole says high unemployment rate among youths in the state gives him and Governor Ayo Fayose nightmare.

The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Kola Oluwawole, has said that he is always worried by the level of unemployment among youths in the state.

The speaker who spoke in a press statement said the menace also gives Governor Ayodele Fayose sleepless nights. Oluwawole, who said it was painful that some indigenes of the state bagged degrees, but earned their living as commercial motorcyclists, made these comments at a stakeholders’ meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Moba Local Government Area of the state.

According to a statement issued by the Speaker’s Special Assistant (Media), Stephen Gbadamosi, the occasion, which also witnessed defection of some All Progressives Congress (APC) members to the PDP, was attended by thousands of PDP members in the local government.

“It pains me when we go for our party ward meetings and I discover that some of your children have read and bagged degrees, but they cannot get jobs; they work as okada riders. It makes me sad. We have to tackle this unemployment thing. “You must have heard that recently; the governor gave appointment letters to some youths.

What he does is that he has loads of those applications. Any time he goes to Abuja, he pleads with his friends; former governors, business executives and so on, to help his people to get jobs. He does it randomly and anonymously; he doesn’t need to know who the lucky applicant is. “But then, we need to get out of this debt problem so that the governor can perform.

That is what the governor is battling now. About N1.3 billion is deducted from source from our allocation to service the debts owed by the past APC government. “And the state earns around N2.3 billion allocation.

Workers’ salary is N2.5 billion. So, after the deduction from source has been done, the governor still needs to source for money to pay workers alone. But I know that very soon, our fortune in the state will change for the better.

Tell our children to be patient. “Very soon, I will begin to train five persons per each ward of the local government on skill acquisition and we shall equip them with all they need to grow on what they have learnt,” he said. Oluwawole had earlier expressed gratitude to the PDP members in the local government for the support they had given him and other standard bearers of the party in past elections.

-Emmanuel Ani, Ado Ekiti.

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