I’ll Cre­ate 7 Mil­lion Jobs for Nige­rian Youths, Says John­son Edo­somwan

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Mary Ekah

Founder, Nige­ria Demo­cratic Congress Party (NDCP) and pres­i­den­tial as­pi­rant for the 2019 elec­tion, Dr. John­son Edo­somwan, has said that he would cre­ate over seven mil­lion jobs for Nige­rian youths each year if elected as the pres­i­dent of Nige­ria come 2019. Speak­ing dur­ing an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with THIS­DAY in La­gos re­cently, the Edo State-born busi­ness­man and phi­lan­thropist, said these jobs would be cre­ated in mul­tidi­men­sional facets, adding that there would be job cre­ation in man­u­fac­tur­ing, health­care, ed­u­ca­tion, in­fra­struc­ture, roads and so forth.

“We would cre­ate at least seven mil­lion jobs per year. And also we want to cre­ate mul­tidi­men­sional in­dus­try, we want to move away from just re­ly­ing on oil as the only source we use for our rev­enue, we want to man­u­fac­ture. We want to start man­u­fac­tur­ing our own cars and mo­tor­cy­cles here in Nige­ria. We have Nige­ri­ans that have the power and train­ing to do that. The rea­son why we don’t have in­dus­tries here is be­cause in­vestors are run­ning away due to lack of elec­tric­ity. We want to cre­ate so­lar en­ergy, wind en­ergy, hy­dro­elec­tric­ity and even nu­clear en­ergy, if we can,” he noted.

Edo­somwan who claimed that the prob­lems that Nige­ria is fac­ing at the mo­ment, are prob­lems, he has solved all through his life, noted, “I have done that in large cor­po­ra­tions, or­gan­i­sa­tions and coun­tries and in the course of these I have solved all sorts of prob­lems and I can do the same if I am elected the pres­i­dent of Nige­ria.”

“I am a pi­o­neer in the whole is­sue of lead­er­ship and so I know how to lead and man­age peo­ple. But I also know how to fol­low; I know how to build teams and how to work with di­verse group of peo­ple. We are a very di­verse coun­try with peo­ple from dif­fer­ent tribes and re­li­gions and I have the abil­ity to bring these var­i­ous groups of peo­ple to­gether to work for the na­tion,” he added. Edo­somwan who said he would be work­ing with a six point agenda, that would af­ford op­por­tu­ni­ties for more jobs in the coun­try, noted that the lack of elec­tric­ity has been the ma­jor draw­back in the eco­nomic growth of the na­tion. “The rea­son we don’t have in­dus­tries here is be­cause in­vestors are run­ning away due to lack of elec­tric­ity. We want to cre­ate so­lar en­ergy, wind en­ergy, hy­dro­elec­tric­ity and even nu­clear en­ergy, if we can. All of these op­tions are in the open onto the ta­ble.”

“Right now in ev­ery facet of Nige­ria, you only have 15 per cent pro­duc­tiv­ity, 85 per cent of the pro­duc­tiv­ity is wasted be­cause they lack elec­tric­ity to do their work. And then we don’t even have a good tele­phone sys­tem, so how can you re­ally cre­ate a good econ­omy? The roads are not good, so we want high speed rail. I was go­ing from Ikeja to the air­port and it took us two and half hours sweat­ing, a jour­ney that would have take about five min­utes. So those are the issues that we want to deal with. The av­er­age Nige­ri­ans are suf­fer­ing and we want to turn their suf­fer­ing to suc­cess,” he noted.

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