Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State, Hon Emeka Ihedioha, has promised to create about 5000 real employments for youths of the state when he takes over as the governor of the state by May 2015.
The deputy speaker also vowed to restore the disengaged 10,000 jobs provided by former governor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim.
Speaking in Okigwe and Onuimo council areas of the state during his governorship campaign, Ihedioha explained that he would create the jobs by ensuring that 15 youths from each political ward in the state would be given jobs with which they can take care of their families and not jobs, whose pay cannot take them home.
Apart from this, the PDP gubernatorial flag bearer added that through the power substations he attracted to all parts of the state as the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, his administration would also create more jobs opportunities for the greater number of Imo people.
He regretted that the victims of Ohakim’s job displacement had continued to wallow in avoidable economic pains since they were thrown into the labour market.
“I will create enough jobs for our people mainly by reactivating our technical colleges and I have already started this in my capacity as the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and my government will be one that you all will be proud of”, he stressed.
Ihedioha gave an assurance that he would restore the people’s value through the provision of qualitative education and which would be matched with the installation of a conducive environment for teaching and learning.
The Deputy Speaker accused the state government of squandermania and shoddy execution of projects without adherence to due process lamenting that a whopping sum of N43 billion loan secured by the state government from the bank was wasted on frivolities. “Governor Rochas Okorocha built poor quality roads with shovels and wheelbarrows and these roads have not only become dilapidated few months after they were built but have become death traps”.
The governorship candidate who also lashed at the governor for indiscriminate appropriation of lands in the state pledged to make education to have value once again by training teachers in English, Mathematics and arts in order to accelerate the interest of students in science subjects.
He urged all the party members to retire to their various wards, villages, kindred and communities, educate the rural dwellers why Okorocha should be rejected at the next governorship election.
Earlier, elder statesman and leader of the PDP in the state, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu said he joined in the campaign to remove Governor Rochas Okorocha from Office because of the several lies he had told the people of the state.
He explained that the PDP leaders and members chose Ihedioha to be the next governor of the state “because we are fed up with the lies being told Imo people by Governor Rochas Okorocha on daily basis.”
He added that Ihedioha is truthful and straight forward man that should be given the mantle of Imo leadership to steer the way all will be happy, adding that whatever issue arose from the primaries had been resolved internally.
Speaking also, former governor of the state Chief Achike Udenwa called on the people to vote for Ihedioha now that they have tested Okorocha and found out that he is not fit to lead the state.
He noted that the current administration of Okorocha had converted all the state property to his private property, acquiring all lands in the state. “If we have done like converting public businesses to private enterprises, acquiring all land would he have seen any state to govern. We must vote him out to serve the state.”