The governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress in Enugu state for the forthcoming election, Senator Ayogu Eze has said he will embark on massive infrastructural and human development if elected governor.
Senator Eze gave the assurance in Lagos, weekend, while addressing Enugu indigenes in Lagos on his plans for Enugu, saying that he is seeking the position of governor of the state to address the myriads of challenges confronting the state including; dearth of infrastructure, rising insecurity, unemployment and lack of social amenities.
He charged the people vote candidates of the All Progressive Congress from the President to House of Assembly members.
“I want to assure you one thing; that in six months time, after we have taken office, you will not be able to recognize your state again. I have promised you and I am very committed to it that within the first of one year, there would be water in every tap in Enugu State”. he said.
“I will work with all of you to make sure every ward is delivered. I will work with all of you to make sure our place is developed. We will build roads for our people, and develop our health sector.
“Right now, if you go to Enugu state, no health facility is working, not one. I give you an example, somebody was short on the head, they took him to the highest of hospital in Enugu State which is Parklane hospital; a teaching hospital. They did not have ordinary bandage.
“Those of you from Nkanu west will know that there was a traditional ruler in Akpugo who was beaten by members of his community. They took him to Parklane hospital, they couldn’t attend to him. There was no stretcher to carry him so that they can give him attention. The man died. Enough of these deaths of our people.
“We are going to provide Maternity facilities for our women. We are going to provide food on the table for our people.
“There is enough resources in Enugu state to provide those facilities. If anybody tells you that there is no money in Enugu, he is lying to you. There is enough resources in Enugu state and we are going to use it to work for our people. I want to thank all of you that have gathered here together for what you are doing.
“We want to make sure that from next year, all our pensioners that are dying without being paid will be paid their money.
“I want to tell you that we are going to create employment for our people.”
“We are going to provide a lot of facilities and amenities for our people and especially, we are going to make sure that everybody of school age must go to school, because we know, what you earn is related to what you learn. If you learn, you earn. Your ability to learn also affects your ability to earn.
“Whether you are a businessman or you are working for the government, if you are educated in what you are doing, you will earn more and be more useful to society.
“In fact, one of the things we want to do in Education is to make sure we empower our people in all sectors; especially in technical colleges, tertiary education and vocational education.
“We will empower our people to be able to use their hands to do things for themselves and be able to depend upon themselves.”
On herdsmen attacks, Senator Eze said the federal government was already working on modalities to put an end to frequent farmers-herders clashes in the country assuring that he will take for granted security of lives and property of the people.
“That problem is being tackled by the federal government; by ensuring that they encourage the people who are doing this business to create ranches. To put their animals in their places so that they don’t wander about”.
“The governors especially our own did not protect our people when the attacks came. They gave them information about two months before that attack happened in Nimbo, but they did nothing until that attack happened. They did not tell the commissioner of police. When we get such information, we will contact the IG of police, and all the security agencies to make sure our people are not attacked.”
The APC candidate assured the people that “there will be a new development of leadership of accountability. Leadership that will be answerable to the people”.
“Every year, we must audit and publish the accounts of the state for everybody to see.”
According to him, as a two term senator “I did quite a lot in the area of empowering our people, giving them federal jobs and creating opportunities for so many”.
“In fact, since the beginning of representation of our state, not a single person in the state has done what I have done”.
“I brought a radio station that is broadcasting even in local dialects today- Voice fm in Nsukka. I brought two NTA stations that are under construction – one in Nsukka and one in Udi. I brought Digital Bridge Institute that is empowering our people with ICT skills cited in Enugu and so many other things”.
“So If I did all these when I was not controlling any budget, you will be able to imagine what I will do when we take over the governance of our state.
“We also attracted a number of roads for our people, but unfortunately the Government did not implement those roads. Now when I control the budget I will build these roads and open up our areas and lift our place to a higher standard. I want to assure you as I promised that I will not disappoint you.”