I WILL CREATE 150,000 JOBS IN AGRICULTURE IF ELECTED - EDO APC GOVERNORSHIP CANDIDATE - AGRIC GIST

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

> I WILL CREATE 150,000 JOBS IN AGRICULTURE IF ELECTED - EDO APC GOVERNORSHIP CANDIDATE

              The All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate “Godwin Obaseki” for the next September 10 governorship election in Edo State has promised to create 150,000 jobs within the next four years in the agricultural sector if elected. In a statement issued by the national chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium, shortly after being presented with the party’s flag. Business Day reports: Obaseki assured that the 150,000 jobs would be created under a farm ownership and management model or out grower’s scheme. He also pledged to create over 200,000 new jobs in four years if given the opportunity to govern the state. He added that the 200,000 new jobs would be generated through agriculture, entrepreneurship schemes, attraction of investments for the development of industries, technical and vocational skills development. He posited that the agricultural development model would reposition agriculture from being subsistence farming to a business. The governor hopeful said with the model, many Edo people would generate wealth by keying into its value chain development of oil palm, cassava, cocoa, grains, rubber, fruits and vegetables. He further added that over 50,000 jobs would be created through the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) through provision of loan support to over 20,000 SMEs in four years. He disclosed that the loans to the beneficiaries would be at single digit interest rates, while SMEs will also be encouraged t o g r o w , a n d m e d i u m enterprises to become large companies on the long run.

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