Edo Governorship Debate : Ize-Iyamu accuses Obaseki of ‘falsifying’ claim on job creation


The Edo Governorship Debate organised by Channels Television for the People’s Democratic Party PDP candidate, Godwin Obaseki, and the All Progressives Congress APC, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, on Sunday, the APC flagbearer refuted claims made by the governor of creating 157,000 job since being elected.

The Edo Governorship Debate which took place in Benin City  yesterday 13th of September

During the Edo Governorship Debate , Ize-Iyamu while reacting to the governor’s claim said he must have got his facts wrong and that if the numbers were true, it would have significantly boosted the economy of the State.

Obaseki meanwhile, was speaking in defense of his governments performance in the area of employment.

“We promised that we will generate a maximum of 200,000 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 157,000.”

In his reaction to the figures, Ize-Iyamu said, “I am sure he is not going to misplace the appointments he is making now as jobs.

“I know in the past one month, he has appointed over 2000 people as SSA on social media.

“Those are not jobs. When you say you have created jobs, in what area? We know for example there is a glaring vacancy in the teaching profession and every school we went to, they practically had no teacher.”

“Well, it is sad that when the government that should be accurate with figures begins to falsify figures. If it is true that we have been able to have the number of jobs that the Edo State governor claims, our IGR will not be where it is; there will be a significant leap but I can tell you and they know, it has stagnated.

“What they call jobs and people were trained it is nothing and I hope the governor is not going to mistake the appointments he is doing now as jobs because I know that in the past one month, he has appointed over 200 people as SSAs on social media and the rest of them.

“Those are not jobs. When you say you created jobs, we know for example that there is a glaring vacancy in the teaching profession. The schools we went, they practically had no teachers, nobody was employed, so, for a governor who claims he has created jobs, the sector as vital as education, you have left it the way it is and most of the hospitals don’t have doctors,” Ize-Iyamu countered.


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