By Chidera Ekeh, News/Comments, November 18, 2022.
ASABA-The Deputy Senate President and Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) in Delta State, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has said that his EDGE agenda is the hope of redemption to all Deltans, noting however that if elected, he will build vibrant, equitable and prosperous State, based on core moral values of service, hard work and shared sacrifice while stressing that Delta is under an administration of misrule, bad leadership, pervasive incompetence, corruption and poverty of ideas.
Senator Omo-Agege reiterated further that, the offer of PDP in the 2023 gubernatorial elections in the person of Rt. Hon. Sheriff Francis Oborevwori is a bad one for Delta State, because it exemplifies incompetence, bad judgement and everything that went wrong in the past seven years. “Oborevwori would represent a third term for a failed governor who ran out of ideas to develop the State”. He therefore called on all Deltans and men of goodwill to reject this imposition by Governor Okowa.
The Senator however wonder why the state is lacking in infrastructure, even with the huge resources while accusing Governor.Okowa’s government of swallowing over N2.8 trillion in seven years. Omo-Agege hinted that his candidacy is a movement to liberate, rebuild and reinvigorate the State, which he described as a leading light of the Niger Delta region, and indeed, Nigeria.
The Delta born politician who made this known in a press conference on Thursday at his campaign office in Asaba presented his detailed insights into his agenda-manifesto, part of it reads: ” Our manifesto is therefore a product of profound thought based on my practical experience both in the Executive and Legislative arms of government. We have come up with a 60-Page Manifesto anchored on the EDGE to Build a New Delta (BAND). EDGE covers critical areas of governance that would drive our agenda when elected governor in 2023.
“The manifesto is our Vision and Mission; it captures EDGE which breaks down as: E for Employment and Empowerment; D for Development (Economic, Infrastructural and Industrial); G for Good Governance, and E for Enduring Peace and Security”.
” It is strategically organized to make ours a model state and a leading centre of excellence. With EDGE, we bring credibility, efficiency and trust back to governance. It is the ultimate paradigm shift to reform our public service, cut the cost of governance, eliminate waste, and deny corruption and other crimes comfort and safety in our governance architecture. EDGE agenda is our firm promise and its success is non-negotiable.”
“We shall establish a Delta State Employment, Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Programme (DEEP), and facilitate the establishment of cluster industries in each of the twenty-five Local Government Areas of our State. We will deliberately create an enabling environment for industries and manufacturing; establish tech hubs, set up small business loan guarantee schemes, promote skills acquisition and set up a Career Development Centre for Deltans.
“As part of our plans to promote ease of doing business, we will undertake institutional and process reviews, remove red tape and bureaucratic bottlenecks, improve infrastructure, and re-engineer our peace and security strategies while establishing a one-stop repository of business knowledge and information. We will guarantee the rights of women and invest their unique energy to drive social and economic development in the state.
“We will initiate a youth development program that moves them away from the hopelessness of today, connect them to creative endeavours and generate energy for honourable work.” Our goal is to build a vibrant, well governed, equitable, and prosperous Delta State that puts our people first. Deltans deserve better. Enough is enough!”
Meanwhile, the party will kick off his governorship campaign tomorrow in Warri, Delta State.
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