An Ibadan prince and one of the siblings of the late Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Yusuff Oloyede Ashanke, Prince Musbaudeen Kolawole Ashanke has joined the Oyo State gubernatorial race ahead of 2019, pledging to make the state an economically independent one like Lagos State where people would flock into from other states to seek job opportunities.
Speaking with New Telegraph in Ibadan yesterday, Ashanke, a finance manager who had lived in the United States of America for almost two decades, offering consulting services to oil firms, as well as offering free consulting services to the Oyo State government in the past five years, said he had empowered scores of masses, especially, the youths through his entrepreneurial ventures and would want to widen the scope by administering the 42-year-old Pace Setter State.
Ashanke said: “I want to be governor of Oyo State and expand the humanitarian consulting services I have been doing to the State. My focus is job creation. I have been doing this, but as an individual, there is an extent I can go. If I become governor, I will expand the scope, putting to use my experiences in the U.S. where the mainstay of their economy is job creation.
We need to put innovation and creativity into our administration; and expand the parameter of our economy. We need to shoot up the economy of this state for the masses to enjoy the more and the youth to get out of unemployment. Many of them are migrating from the country, but once jobs are created, all other infrastructural facilities will follow.
“This is part of what Governor Abiola Ajimobi has been doing for the past seven years. Continuity of those developmental projects is what can make Oyo State grow like Lagos State. We are not changing anything, but continuing the developmental strides so that the State can be like Lagos State which generates N36billion IGR monthly, the 6th biggest economy in Africa.
“When people graduate and they cannot get jobs, what they do next is to go to Lagos. I want people to also think of coming to Oyo for jobs opportunities in some years to come.”