By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Akwa Ibom State, Senator James Akpan Udoedehe has promised to reduce unemployment index in the state to a zero level if given the mandate.
Udoedehe who spoke with correspondent in Uyo, shortly after his formal declaration of intent to run for the office of the governor, blamed the high unemployment index in Akwa Ibom state to mismanagement of public funds and lack of technical know-how by past administrations in the state.
Akpanudoedehe said that since Akwa Ibom was created 30 years ago, there has not been efficient formulation and implementation of policies to address the needs of the people by creating employment opportunities.
He said that given his wealth of experiences in both private and public sector, he was better placed to rule the state and bring about the development that will attract investors to the state. Sen. Udoedehe is a former of FCT, a Senator represented Uyo Senatorial District at the National Assembly and a Chairman of Uyo local government council.
Commenting on transportation system to tackle gridlock, especially during odd hours in the day, Sen. Udoedehe said that the state has not been able to entrench effective system of mobility within the state adding that his interest to be the governor of Akwa Ibom state is to address the problems that no administration has achieved, especially in the area of poverty, provision of water, among others.
“I don’t believe we are a curse people. We are blessed in this state. How can we have the kind of revenue that we are having yet people are still languishing in poverty? There is absolute poverty in the land, the youth have been disregarded.
“I am coming with a message of deliverance. There is no scheme for housing, there is no scheme for mobility, and there is no system to sustain civil servants after retirement from active civil service work. We are being squeezed by human beings who think that they can give us succour.” he said.
Commenting on the perceived crises in APC, Sen. Akpanudoedehe, said it is only transparent primary for governorship election in Akwa Ibom that can guarantee peace in APC.
The APC governorship aspirant, who is a-one time governorship candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) said he came into party ACP with 250,000 members, noted that the situation is akin to burden that is being placed on his neck.
“I am always prepared for elections; you should be worried about those who are thinking of hijacking the process, but if we are talking about democracy by the people and for the people; then direct primaries adopted by the party in the state cannot be ignored.
“We expect the party to display the registers of members transparently, the cards given so that the best man that wins, we will all join hands to work with him. If I win, the others are expected to join hands to work with me. Anything short of this you have yourselves to blame,” he said.
On restructuring of the country saying that it is what Nigeria requires to move forward in terms of employment and other developmental aspects.