The Lagos State Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Jimi Agbaje, has pledged to focus on youth empowerment and job creation if elected to office.
Agbaje said his plan for the youth was to cater for “those who are already out of school” and reduce unemployment to the barest minimum.
On both his Twitter and Facebook pages, the politician added, “We will build a job portal that will connect employers to the youth. This job portal will be supported by Lagos state Government.”
The pharmacist said five per cent of the state’s annual budgets would go to youth-led businesses, a move which, he said, was critical to poverty and crime reduction.
Agbaje said his administration would facilitate a legislation that would encourage construction companies working on public projects to source for labour from the communities they operate. They would not, he said, discriminate against non-indigenes in the recruitment process, he said.
“Without adequate jobs and opportunities, our youths have a higher tendency of becoming hoodlums and ‘area boys’ that cause mayhem in the society. As we discharge our duties, we should also not discriminate against non-indigenes that are willing to contribute to the state,” he added.
But his key opponent, Akinwunmi Ambode of the All Progressives Congress, has also picked quality education as one of the means he would use to improve the lives of Lagosians and consolidate on the gains of the Babatunde Fashola administration.
Posting on his Facebook page on Wednesday, Ambode said, “I believe education is the one vehicle to take our children to the promise land and help bridge the gap between the haves and have-nots. Free education and free meals is the right of every student.”
The post was accompanied with Ambode’s photograph with a bold inscription – “The teacher’s son is on a quest to teach more children.”