Edo gov­er­nor­ship: PDP is anti-work­ers — Osh­iom­hole

Daily Trust - - ISLAMIC FORUM - From Us­man A. Bello, Benin

The Edo State gover­nor, Adams Osh­iom­hole, has de­scribed the Peoples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) in the state as an anti-work­ers party.

He claimed that the PDP, dur­ing its ten­ure, purged the pub­lic ser­vice of over 7,000 work­ers with­out pay­ing their pen­sions and gra­tu­ities.

Speak­ing at a gov­er­nor­ship rally of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) in Egor Lo­cal Govern­ment, yes­ter­day, Osh­iom­hole said the PDP had a deep-seated ha­tred for work­ers and teach­ers.

“When the PDP were here, in four, five, six months, Nige­rian Union of Teach­ers will re­mem­ber, they were not pay­ing salaries and the teach­ers had to al­ter­nate on which days to at­tend classes to make ends meet.

“The class­rooms were leak­ing with pot­holes in­side the class­rooms. So, many male teach­ers left, leav­ing only the women who were hop­ing that one day, God will in­ter­vene. God in­ter­vened and the APC came,” Osh­iom­hole also said.

He said out of the 36 states in the fed­er­a­tion, the teach­ers in Edo State re­mained the first to be paid their salaries.

He said the state govern­ment had paid about N26 bil­lion of the bond taken for the wa­ter storm master plan project, adding that the first phase of the project would be com­pleted in De­cem­ber.

The APC gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date, Mr God­win Obaseki, said his govern­ment would fo­cus on hu­man cap­i­tal de­vel­op­ment, adding that in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion, tech­nol­ogy and large-scale farms would be pro­moted to pro­vide jobs for the youths.

Obaseki said the state would key into the fed­eral govern­ment’s scheme where the poor­est in the so­ci­ety would get a N5,000 suc­cour monthly, while the women would get soft loans to grow the econ­omy.

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