The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Osun State chapter, on Tuesday, described the job centre recently inaugurated by Governor Rauf Aregbesola as a “fraud and another misstep from a straying administration.”
It will be recalled that Governor Aregbesola had recently commissioned a centre in Osogbo to assist unemployed youths search for job.
But the opposition party, in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Prince Diran Odeyemi, said it was bizarre that Aregbesola’s administration that could not pay salaries and pensions of workers and retirees, would embark on another round of wasteful spending through a multi million naira centre to assist unemployed youths get jobs that were not created or available.
However, the Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, said “with the position of the PDP on the centre, it vividly shows that the party lacked understanding and knowledge of what the job centre is all about.”
According to him, “it is unfortunate that we have people like that challenging what the government of purpose and vision is doing. It is not everything that they see that must be attacked or criticised. Opposition is not played that way. Just last week, the APC governors of South-West held a meeting in Ibadan and Governor Ayo Fayose endorsed what they said at the meeting.”
Oyatomi continued, “do they know what Osun Job Centre is all about. They don’t know anything. What is fraudulent in that? They should read what the centre is really about before making baseless comments.”
But, the PDP statement reads in parts, “Aregbesola’s administration that first introduced ‘half salary’ before other states started copying the idea, had tried its hands on many other initiatives to engage youths without success.
“From our findings, Aregbesola must have been seeing job centres in advanced countries of the world and thought introducing such would halt his falling popularity among the people of the state.”