Alliance for Democracy (AD) Governorship Candidate in Ondo State, Chief Olusola Oke, has attributed the rising crime rates and propensity of youth to violence in the state to the pervasive unemployment in the state.

Oke who blamed the unemployment rate on the comatose state of industries in the state regretted that despite this, the current governments in the State had abandoned the economic and industrial policies of its predecessor in office.

The AD flagbearer, who spoke at Idanre during his campaign tour of the rocky town at the weekend, promised to revive all moribund industries in the state and as well complete the abandoned ones.

His words: “Ondo State has no business with joblessness and poverty. God greatly endowed this state with resources and we will put all these to use for the benefit of our people.

He listed the moribund and abandoned agro-allied industries and life-transforming projects to include Olokola project; Cocoa Processing Company, Ile Oluji; Cassava Processing, Ikoya; Fisheries, Akure; and Alfa 3D, Ikare Akoko.

Oke said politicians, who deliberately pauperised the people through their anti-people policies, capitalised on the jobless situation, gave money to the youths to perpetrate violence whereas they kept and invest in their children outside the shores of the country.

He, however, promised to reverse the economic situation by creating the enabling environment which would attract investors to the state and encourage farmers with necessary implements and aids.

The AD candidate told the people of Idanre that his administration would complete reticulation work on the Owena Multi-purpose Dam billed to supply water to the Central Senatorial District including the tourists’ city, Idanre and the Golf Course began by the Dr Olusegun Agagu administration and other necessary amenities.

Oke had earlier paid visits to the Owa of Idanre, Oba Fredrick Aroloye; the Aladeokun of Alade Kingdom, Oba Olusegun Akinbola; the Awosunye of Atosin-Idanre, Oba Gilbert Ogunlowo; and the Alajowa of Ajowaland, Idanre, Oba Sunday Akinbo, and their chiefs where the traditional councils disclosed the needs of their communities.

Among their demands are peaceful election which would ensure development in the state, establishment of tertiary institution in Idanre, completion of the Golf Course, establishment of Golf Village, jobs for natives and support for farmers among others.