None of the hundreds of farmers in Ozalla ward of Owan West LGA of Edo state testified to receiving a share of the N5.6billion Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Agricultural Loan
outgoing Governor Obaseki said he collected for the 2000 farmers in the state as at March this year.
Most of the farmers, their wives and friends were present at the ward rally, the APC candidate in the September 19, 2020 Edo state governorship election Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu held on Thursday in continuation of his campaign across the state.
The credit facility which was secured at a single-digit interest rate of nine per cent by the government has been the subject of several petitions to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and protes
ts by concerned citizens calling on Governor to open up on the matter.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu who has mentioned the loan package at every stop in the course of his campaign without a corresponding denial by Governor Obaseki has been on the look out for the elusive farmer who benefitted from the largesse after they submitted their names were collected for a fee by the government early this year.
He told the people that for failing to deliver on the Federal Government loan to farmers, neglecting to arrest the erosion menace facing Ozalla, denying them of an approved public school, a health centre, electricity and motorable roads, they should vote him out on election day.
He said, “Ozalla and Owan East LGA has not felt the impact of Edo state government led by Governor Obaseki in the last four years. He failed to create 200,000 jobs among other promises and he cannot be trusted to continue in office because he will not support youths, women or farmers”.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu has explained his manifesto, the Simple Agenda to the crowd of APC supporters assuring them that, “by the grace of God and your votes I will be governor of Edo state”, because, “cannot continue to suffer untold neglect in the hands of governor Obaseki”.
On the Security and Social Welfare part of the manifesto, Pastor Ize-Iyamu said that because he believes that no society can move forward without security he has committed to provide support to local vigilante when he takes office to protect Edo people from criminals.
With regards to Infrastructural development and urban renewal he said the coming APC government will build roads and drains, provide electricity and water to rural communities across the state including villages Ozalla and others in the Local government area.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu said that under the Manpower development and training plan of the Simple agenda schools will be provides with relevant learning aids, laboratories and classrooms with all conveniences as well as enough qualified teachers.
He promised with the Public-Private-Partnership program to support small scale business owners to grow while promising to lead Edo state by example as a governor, “with the fear of God, who can be trusted to keep faith, show respect to all, be humane and honest”.
Meanwhile the APC candidate has said his government will commission the Skills Acquisition Centre facilitated by the member representating Owan Federal at the National Assembly, Professor Julius Ihonvbere after he assumes office.
As it were the refusal of Governor Obaseki to commission the facility has denied hundreds of Owan youths who have no interest in going to university the lifetime opportunities to acquire an income-generating skill with which they can be self-employed and even create jobs.#