I'll not stop Fayemi's Dagrin Corps — Bamidele
Continuing his town-by-town campaign visits across Ekiti State ahead of the June 21 governorship election, Labour Party's governorship candidate, Hon Michael Opeyemi Bamidele has promised not to disband the State Traffic Management Agency popularly known as Dagrin Corps.
Bamidele disclosed this Saturday at the palace of Olu of Ajido Ekiti, Oba Oluwafemi Eegunjobi who hosted the candidate and LP leaders in the state led by chairman Mr Akin Omole.
Bamidele promised to restructure the corps whose population is put at about five thousand, and make it pensionable.
He condemned the paltry ten thousand naira monthly salary paid the corps by the Fayemi administration under the guise of youth empowerment.
“When we get to office by the grace of God,” pledged Fayemi, “we will not stop the Dagrin and Peace Corps created by Governor Fayemi as a means of youth empowerment”
“We will only restructure the scheme since most beneficiaries are youths from the state and it will not stop at giving them N10,000 per month”
“In a departure from what APC government is currently doing, we will make beneficiaries of the scheme cut across political party lines and turn it into a pensionable job”
Bamidele, who doubles as member representing Ado Ekiti/Irepodun/Ifelodun federal constituency in the House of Representatives, also promised to explore other avenues such as industrialization, commercial farming, youth empowerment and artisan loan schemes to create more jobs for Ekiti youths, if elected.
Also to stay is the five thousand naira monthly stipend being paid by Fayemi to the aged.
Bamidele told the teeming crowd of the elderly at the event that “I will not stop '”Owo Arugbo'” that some of you are already collecting under Fayemi, but we will make sure that it goes beyond members of APC alone”
Responding, the monarch urged Bamidele to come to the rescue of the community which according to him is over four hundred years old.
The monarch lamented the neglect of the sixty year-old only primary school in the community by successive governments, urging Bamidele to address the educational disadvantage of the area if elected.
The regent also listed rural electrification of the community as another major concern of the people, adding that no community can progress without electricity.
LP Chairman in Ekiti West local government, Mr Sola Ayeni disclosed that the mammoth crowd at the rally was an indication of Bamidele's acceptance by the people of the area. He promised to deliver 90 percent of their votes for the party.
Other towns visited by the Bamidele campaign train included Oke Imesi, Erio Ekiti and Aramoko Ekiti.