Nigerian musician, Peter Okoye, has criticized Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, for his pledge to assist at least 4,000 youths in securing jobs in Europe and Canada before the end of this year. Uzodinma, who is seeking re-election on the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform, made this promise during a campaign event ahead of the November 11 governorship election in the state.
Addressing the residents, the governor vowed to support interested Imo indigenes who wish to relocate to Europe or Canada by providing them with relevant employable skills that would facilitate their entry and adaptation into life there.
He stated, “I have negotiated with European Union companies and Canadian companies. They have identified areas of visible skills that our youth will learn. By December this year, 4,000 Imo youths will be employed in Europe. Once we receive the confirmation, the governor will cover your airfare.”
In response, Peter Okoye took to his Instagram page, expressing his disbelief at the situation. He remarked that it’s absurd for a governor, whose responsibility is to create a conducive environment and job opportunities within the state, to promise citizens jobs overseas.
He commented, “It’s astonishing that 4,000 Imo youths are celebrating this news. Such a shame! A governor, whose duty is to foster a conducive environment and job opportunities within the state, is instead pledging to send citizens abroad for employment. This situation is utterly ridiculous. These politicians truly have no regard for us. Even Hope appears to be without hope! Shameful.”