Mr. Nweke: ” Late Dr. Okpara is my icon because of the legacies he left behind .”
The Enugu state governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the upcoming 2023 general elections Mr. Frank Nweke Jnr., on Saturday described the state as the poverty capital of the South-East zone, just as he assured that APGA will ‘chase out’ the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the state during next year’s poll.
According to Mr. Nweke, a former minister of information, bad leadership, ineptitude, and corruption, have been the hallmark of the current PDP government in the state since the last seven years. The PDP has been in power in the state since the inception of the current democratic dispensation in 1999.
“Enugu has become the poverty capital of the South-East because of mediocre, inept leadership, and corruption,” Mr. Nweke alleged.
He promised that if elected into office, the APGA government under his watch will embrace the ideology and leadership style of the late Premier of the defunct Eastern Region, Dr. Michael Iheonukara Okpara.
”Late Dr. Okpara is my icon, and my inspiration because of the legacies he left behind,” he said.
Mr. Nweke spoke in Enugu on Saturday, where he presented his party’s manifesto themed “Reigniting the Coal City,” and which captured his seven development agenda to Enugu people.
The event which took place at the Kobb Event Centre, Polo Shopping Mall attracted party faithful from the 17 local government areas of the state.
Mr. Nweke who traversed four federal government ministries on the banner of the PDP, maintained that purposeful leadership will remain the fulcrum of his administration if elected governor come 2023.
“We will revive a culture of leadership that values honesty, hard work, brotherhood, partnership and an unshakeable focus on the people,” he said.
He also assured of providing good governance by restoring trust in the institution of Government and have no tolerance for corruption and greed adding that public resources will be used for the public good.
On security, the former Minister of Information promised to pursue total human security in Enugu by addressing the State and Non-State factors of insecurity, through partnership with security agencies and local communities.
He also assured of ensuring equal treatment under the law and deployment technology to enhance surveillance, data collection and response time.
While speaking on Human Capital Development, the APGA Guber candidate maintained that his administration will prioritise the total well being of Ndi Enugu through sustained investment in values propagation, education, health, security, and environmental sustainability.
On his plans for economic transformation of the state, he said he will make Enugu an investor-friendly industrial destination through a sharp departure from the culture of managing poverty to actively seeking to create prosperity for all.
Mr. Nweke assured that the APGA administration in the state would provide uninterrupted supply of potable water, describing the perennial water shortage in the state, especially in the urban areas as unacceptable.
The APGA flag bearer who described water as life, expressed worry that the two major water sources in the state located in Ajalli and Oji, are not working optimally despite the huge sums of money released by the state government to contractors to rehabilitate them.
On Environmental Sustainability & Infrastructure, he stated “we will transform Enugu State through strategic and result-driven investments in water, road construction, sanitation, technology and alternative energy sources – including an emphasis on developing renewable energy technologies & manpower.
Nweke also promised to make Enugu State a technology and innovation destination through the propagation of tech hubs and the related ecosystem activity that sustains them.
He expressed regrets that the EndSARS did not send the right signals to the leaders.
“It’s shocking that we didn’t learn from the EndSARS; that the people can rise up to ask questions and there will be no hiding places.
“We have come to right the wrongs in leadership and we will start by solving the basic issues as a foundation for growth and development of our dear State, he added.