Mr Olanrewaju Afolayanka, the National Conscience Party (NCP) gubernatorial candidate for Osun, yesterday promised to embark on massive investment in agriculture if elected.
Afolayanka made the promise in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Osogbo.
The NCP gubernatorial candidate in the Aug. 9 governorship election in Osun also promised to subsidise farm inputs and provide soft loans to farmers.
“Food is man’s most important need. In order to ensure that nutritious and affordable food is made available to our people, the NCP government will take advantage of the state’s rich natural endowments.
“This will be done by embarking on massive investment in food crops and livestock farming while farmers ‘cooperatives will also be encouraged.
“Agricultural subsidies in terms of seeds, tools, equipment, grants and soft loan will be provided.
“We will produce not only to meet the food needs of our people internally but also for export to other countries,” he said.
Afolayanka also promised to give priority to the problem of unemployment in the state if elected.
“Our government will make conscious, serious, honest and well organised efforts to deal with the problem of unemployment in the state.
“Employment will not only be provided, there will be job security until retirement.
“We will not only create jobs, a living minimum wage will be introduced and it will rise periodically as inflation rises.
“Our government will ensure that unemployment allowance is given to unemployed graduates,” he said.
He said all other programmes of the party in the area of health, housing, education, water, electricity, transport, telecommunication and security would be actualised.
Afolayanka also urged the electorate to come out en mass to vote for the party during the election.(NAN)