One of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) governorship aspirant in Ekiti State,Chief Olufemi Bade-Gboyega, has pledged to generate 30,000 jobs through the establishment of government mechanised farms, if elected as governor in the state.
Bade-Gboyega made the pledge on Tuesday in Ado-Ekiti while officially declaring his intention to run the for July 14 governorship election.
He said that the farm would be located in all 16 local government areas of the state to create jobs and empowerments for jobless people and provide food surplus and improved IGR through produce process and export unit.
“If I am picked by the party and elected as a governor, we shall quickly embark on the establishment of government mechanised farm and over 30,000 jobs are expected to be generated through this project at first phase.
” I will create a season of harvest because our people have been sowing and sacrificing and they must reap; there will be bountiful harvest for Ekiti populace.
“We are not going to focus optimally on capital projects when people do not have food on their tables but we are going to embark on green revolution,”he said.
According to him, civil servant as engine room of any government will be encouraged by giving them their entitlement and incentives by not sacrificing their benefits for other things.
“We are going to make use of experience and versed knowledge of our civil servants, both the serving and retired ones.
“Also, there is going to be free education from elementary to secondary school level while there will be 50 per cent reduction of tuition fee for tertiary institution education,”he said.
He added that he would not dabble into affairs of other arms of government, saying he would ensure local government autonomy, if elected
The UPN aspirant, therefore, assured all pensioners and anybody that was 60 year-old and above of free health care in all government hospitals.
Also speaking, Mr Abubakar Sokoto, the National Secretary of UPN, said that the party was coming to determined the future of Ekiti State by being voted into power come July 14.
Sokoto, who was represented by Barr.Rotimi Boboye, the UPN chairman in Ondo State, said that the party would over come the existing structure of government, adding that people could no longer be deceived by so called popular parties.
“The deceitful popular parties do not have anything to offer; they are bereft of good ideas, leaving on pass glory.
“Even the UPN of the old western region government surpassed achivements of present big parties.
“My advice goes to electorate that they should not sell their birth right and future benefit by collecting N2,000 or N5,000 but they should vote in that candidate that can deliver dividend of democracy, “he said.
Mr Sunday Makinde, the state chairman of UPN, noted that the party had best programmes to offer compare to other parties in the state.
Makinde, who said that the party had three aspirants,urged Ekiti residents to come out en masse and vote UPN for the betterment of the land in the July 14 governorship election.