Less than a week to the Edo State Governorship polls, the candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party and Incumbent Governor, Godwin Obaseki has stated that his administration created no fewer than 157,000 jobs in the state.
Obaseki said this on Sunday during the governorship debate organised by Channels Television in partnership with the Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room.
According to him, the figure is part of the evidence that his government has really tackled unemployment effectively.
He said “We promised that we will generate a minimum of 200 thousand jobs in a 4 year period. Just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we had created direct and indirect jobs for Edo people as much as a hundred and fifty-seven thousand.”
He noted that the jobs came from the way his government decided to address the economy.
“Government’s role is being an enabler, creating an enabling environment to come and invest so that the economy can thrive,” Obaseki explained.
However, his counterpart, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) disagreed while faulting Obaseki on his claim on job creation.
Ize-Iyamu accused the governor of peddling misinformation and getting his facts wrong.
“I am sure he is not going to misplace the appointments he is making now as jobs,” Ize-Iyamu said, adding that “I know in the past one month, he has appointed over 2,000 people as SSA s on social media and the rest of them.”
“Those are not jobs. When you say you have created jobs, in what area? We know for example that there is a glaring vacancy in the teaching profession and every school we went to, they practically had no teacher,” Ize-Iyamu added.
The governorship debate, which was monitored by Ijaw News, feature claims and counterclaims from both candidates as they both presented their agenda to the Edo electorate ahead of the 19th of September elections.