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Youth employment ’ll end security woes, says Oshiomhole

By Joyce - Posted on 15 May 2013


Comrade Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has identified youth unemployment as a sure way to end the security challenges presently facing the nation.

Oshiomhole who spoke yesterday during a visit of the management of the Nigeria Bottling Company said, “Government alone will never be able to provide all the jobs the citizens require.”

According to him, “the challenge facing the nation, more than anything else is youth unemployment. It is now settled in development literature that government will never be able to provide all the jobs the citizens require. It is also increasingly appreciated by Nigerians that the best jobs are not in the public sector whether in terms of pay, compensation or security of employment.”

The governor noted that, “any responsible government will be delighted to deal with a company like Coca-Cola, considering the reputation that the company has established over the years.”

Oshiomhole stated that it was in the interest of the government to do whatever can be done to encourage businesses to locate in the state and those here to expand further.

“For us in Edo, your activities here are something that we cherish a lot and I am happy to learn from you that you are going to dialogue with us on your plans for investment and expansion. I can assure you even before I know the details that whatever it is that you want us to do including providing land and constructing road, we will do them and provide any other incentive you require,” he added.

The Governor noted, “In my first term we focused on infrastructure and in my second term I am determined to focus on what we must do to increase the GDP of the state, encouraging businesses to expand and new businesses to locate. I want to thank you for the confidence you have shown in our state.”

Earlier, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Bottling Company NBC, Mr. Ben Langat commended the governor for the giant stride in infrastructural development.

He said, “we would like to thank you very much because of your programme which has enabled businesses to thrive in Edo State. We have seen a lot of things that is happening. The infrastructural upgrade that we see, we have seen road expansion, construction and renovation of schools, we have seen it in the health sector too, construction and renovation of hospitals.”

The Managing Director disclosed that the company has five hundred and ninety two workers in their employment and of that two hundred are Edo indigenes, adding that about ten percent of its work force nationally is from Edo State.

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