Former Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Chris Ogiemwonyi; has underlined his determination to replace Godwin Obaseki as Governor of Edo State. Consequently, he has rolled out his nine-point agenda; which he believes would serve as major pillars of his developmental blue-print if elected as next Governor of Edo.
Ogiemwonyi, a former minister of State for Works, disclosed this to newsmen in Benin on Saturday, February 8, 2020.
However, Ogiemwonyi lampooned moves by various regions and geo-political zones to set up their own security outfits; in the wake of increasing cases of insecurity across the country. He held that there was the need for states and regions to have a rethink; noting that the measure had the potential of spelling doom as the outfits could become tools in the hands of politicians; as well as other highly placed individuals to deal with opponents.
Further, he warned that the consequences of formation of the regional or separate security outfits; would scare investors in most states where they exist. Ogiemwonyi noted that it had the potential of serving as “a new and dangerous concept in terrorism”.
He disclosed that his administration would guarantee security of lives and property and accord positive recognition for the welfare of people with disabilities. Further, Ogiemwonyi stated that he would offer Edo State a functional education system; noting that he would ensure construction and equipping of model schools and preventive healthcare delivery.
Edo can become commercial hub of Nigeria, says Ogiemwonyi
Also listed among his blue-print was agricultural development, solid mineral development, infrastructural development, effective public service delivery; as well as sports development and rural-urban development. Further, Ogiemwonyi promised to effectively diversify the huge potential of the state in mineral resources. He also cited other areas of potential; among which are rich agriculture, oil and gas, arts and crafts, other natural endowments and the state’s strategic location. Additionally, he stated that youth employment would be accorded a priority; while the fight against poverty would be vigorously pursued by his government, if elected.
Ogiemwonyi revealed that these would be geared towards making the state the commercial hub of the South-South region of the country; as well as that of Nigeria, by extension.
On the crisis rocking the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC); Ogiemwonyi said that leaders and stakeholders of the party were desperately waiting for the reconciliation committee. Equally important, the committee is headed by Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.