By Ogar Monday
A 2019 Cross River State Governorship hopeful from the All Progressive Congress (APC) Mr. John Upan Odey has criticized the Government of Senator Ben Ayade for its numerous appointments in the guise of “putting food on peoples table.”
Mr. Upan Odey who stated that its derogatory for the government to do that, was speaking when he paid a familiarization visit to the Association of Cross River Online Journalists (ACROJ) Secretariat in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.
His words, “Truth of the matter is that young people shouldn’t just be given power because they are young people but because they can add value to the wellbeing of society as a whole.
“I do not believe that political positions should be given to people to put food on their table. That is kind of derogatory to say someone is given a position so that he can get food on his table.
“I think it’s not right for you to grab people all over the State and bring them to Calabar, some you pay them today and others you don’t pay, that kind of thing is like using people and I don’t believe that government should use people.” The Governorship hopeful said.
Mr. Upan Odey added that the State Government has refused to explore some of the avenues that will create opportunities for these youths to add value to the society.
According to him, “I think that an opening should be created where young people are given opportunity to thrive. Our people are very creative and ingenious and are just waiting for us to create opportunity for them to do their thing.
“There are so many closures; we have lush vegetation, who gave it to us? God, we decided to invest in tourism, we were going somewhere with that and then we abandoned it and started looking somewhere else.” he said.
He further explained that, “The reason why people work is to earn a living but we shouldn’t say we are giving people jobs to put food on their table because that model for me is not sustainable, rather it should be a model where we build capacity and more of our people can be gainfully employed where they can add value.”
He concluded by maintaining that he’s sure to get the APC gubernatorial ticket.
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