Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Saturday’s by-election to represent Akure North/Akure South constituency in the House of Representatives, Olumiyuwa Adu, has said that he would adopt a new empowerment module that would benefit a greater number of people rather than a select few.
Adu who faulted distribution of sewing machine, motorcycles, grinding machines as empowerment for constituents said such approach only benefits those close to the elected representatives.
He spoke at a debate organised by the Correspondent Chapel in Ondo State.
Other aspirants including Lawson Alade of the All Progressives Congress, Olawale Oyemakinde for Accord Party, Fadeke Felicia for African Democratic Party, Alade Mayorkun for the All Progressives Congress, Joseph Ajayi for the All Peoples Party, Johnson Oluwasuyi for the National Redemption Movement, and Opawole Tajudeen for the Social Democratic Party were absent.
Adu who dismissed insinuations that he was dismissed from the military said he voluntarily left after he was offered a job that paid higher wages than the N28,000 monthly he was earning as a soldier.
He described law-making as a serious business not meant for secondary certificate holders.
According to him, “My empowerment will be focused on job creation, skills development and for businesses to thrive. In Akure, there is no recreational centre. If the constituency is used as a PPP for setting up of a recreational centre, do you know how many people will be employed there?
“The present empowerment modules being used are not sustainable. I will ensure the right empowerment for the right people. I am not satisfied with the way it is done. We should begin to think of sustainable ways to help our people to develop themselves.
“You cannot be a leader when you are not academically qualified, no skill or character. It should commensurate with what you can offer. We do not get the right person in the right place.
“With the current structure, we aren’t going forward. How do we elect a school certificate holder to the National Assembly to go and make laws. He will only rely on the salary he has never received before to come and share on the streets”.