Foreign affairs minister Geoffrey Onyeama has denied reports that he lambasted the Enugu State Government for non-performance.
The minister’s Media Aide, Ms Sarah Sanda, said in a statement on Friday in Abuja that Onyeama’s message was not directed at the state government but politicians who were seeking positions in the state.
According to Sanda, the minister in his statement was only addressing those seeking election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to Sanda, the minister told those seeking election: “It is not enough in seeking office to build houses and enrich yourselves, you have to create jobs’’.
“Some of the irregular migrants leaving this country are from Enugu State, so you have to do more to create jobs for the youth.”
The minister, she said, noted that the presence of women and youth in the state was crucial because of their contribution to the electoral process.
“We should not only remember them when it is time for election, we should remember that we have to be responsive to their needs and those of the elderly and pensioners.
“ They should have a say on how we govern them and not when we get into office, we just dictate what should be. Governance is a serious business,” the minister stated.