APC promises to upgrade Afuze College to varsity
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has promised to upgrade the College of Physical and Health Education, Afuze, to a degree-awarding institution.
Obaseki, who was in Afuze and Sabongida-Ora, in Owan West and East Local Council Areas, said it would run as a campus of the state-owned Tayo Akpata University of Education.
The APC candidate pledged that human resource development would form the fulcrum of his administration, stating that the state governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has done well in the areas of education, roads and infrastructure.On the occasion, Governor Oshiomhole said the governorship candidate of the rival Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu would be the easiest to defeat at the upcoming polls.
He, however, said the APC would change its tactics if the party’s factional candidate, Matthew Iduoriyekemwen becomes the eventual flag-bearer, following the recent Federal High Court ruling recognising Ali Modu-Sheriff as the authentic National Chairman of the PDP.
The governor announced that some founding leaders of the PDP were defecting to the APC everyday due to the emergence of Ize-Iyamu. The Guardian gathered that some PDP leaders, among them Senator Ehigie Uzamere, who recently resigned from the party, Clement Edo-Osagie, Victor Edos Ebomoyi and many others would soon join the APC.
Obaseki promised to vote more money to make the college, a world-class physical education university, if elected. “As part of our job creation efforts, the state would create jobs even from sports. The comrade governor has done well in the last seven and half years, but we still have a lot to do.
“He has focused on education, health, roads and water, but we want to create 200,000 jobs for our youths. The jobs that would be created in Owan, will not only be in agriculture but also mining,” he said.
He explained that there are over 25 mining licences in Owan East alone, adding that the state was collaborating with the Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr Kayode Fayemi, to ensure that investors are mobilised to the sites in the next one year.
Meanwhile, the APC flag-bearer promised to create massive employment through solid minerals’ mining.At a campaign rally, he said not less than 20, out of the 60 mining licences so far, would become operational in his first tenure.
The APC candidate also vowed to recover a cement factory worth $31million, allegedly built with taxpayers’ money in 2003, but converted to a private company.Oshiomhole had explained that the state government would use legal means to recover the controversial factory, which is located near Sasaro, in Akoko-Edo Local Council area.Obaseki had earlier told the crowd that if voted into power, his administration would upgrade the technical college in Igarra to an affiliate of Edo University, Iyamoh.
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