His Excellency Bisi Omoyeni, the Governorship candidate of Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN), in the July 14 Ekiti State Governorship election,  has pledged to industrialise Ekiti State to change its negative narratives.Omoyeni  made the pledge at the Labour House in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday during an interactive session with the state chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC).

He promised to focus on agriculture and the production of rice, cocoa and cassava for industrial processing by working with the private sector.“Our schools, especially the higher institutions produce thousands of graduates every year without any plan for them by government.

The MPN candidate pledge to work with the entire labour force to improve the revenue profile of the state, and create wealth for the people. Omoyeni,  former Group Managing Director of Wema Bank, said there is poverty in Ekiti because previous governments were ignorant of how to turn the state’s assets into wealth.He said: “I gave a proposal to the current government on how to turn our dead assets into wealth and put money into the hands of our people.

This was to be through Land Titles and Certificate of Occupancy (C of O), but the government refused to do anything about it.

“More than 95 per cent of houses in the state and landed properties do not have titles and certificate of occupancy. If you have a house, or land without C of O, it means that you cannot use it to access credit from banks.” He disclosed that the total banking sector’s credit in Ekiti is less than less than 0.5 per cent, explaining that the implication of it is that there is no thriving private sector in Ekiti State, making government to be the only employers of labour in the state. The governorship candidate recalled his experience as a banker and promised to leverage on his know-how as a financial expert and connections, to jumpstart the state’s economy.

He expressed concern that workers are owed between 6 to 8 months salaries across board, adding that the last time gratuities were paid in the state was 2012, while pensioners are owed up to 18 months. NLC Chairman, Ade Adesanmi, commended the candidate for honouring its invitation.

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