Geoffrey Onyeama, the Minister of Foreign Affairs has refuted claims that he criticized the Enugu State government for its failures.
In a State in Abuja on Friday, Ms Sarah Sanda, the media aide to the minister, stated that Onyeama massage was directed at politicians seeking political offices in the state rather than the state government.
The minister, according to the statement, was specifically referring to politicians 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.”
NAN reports that 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.