Governorship candidate of KOWA party, Mr. Thompson Osadolor, has promised to create no fewer than 300,000 direct and indirect jobs if elected governor.
He made the promise while addressing some youth organisations in Benin yesterday, saying that the jobs will be created through mobile network, agriculture and artisanship.
While noting that agriculture has the potential of creating wealth for over a million people within the shortest possible time, Osadolor particularly stressed on providing a new mobile network that would be run as a state enterprise.
He gave reasons for this as the exploitative nature of the already established mobile operator, noting however, that when floated, thousands of employment opportunities, direct and indirect, would be created, adding that he was already talking with some investors who have expressed interest on the ideas he laid on the table.
While not giving specific time frame for the job creation, Osadolor said substantial part of it will be created within two years in office.
“As regards the idea of a mobile network, it may seem an uphill task to accomplish to many of us, but discussion on this is on extensively, and positively too. It is not going to be run with my money, it will be private, but state will however have a substantial stake in it,” he said.
Osadolor also promised to revolutionise agriculture, saying that the first thing he will do when elected, is to declare a state of emergency on the sector in a bid to reposition it.