A governorship aspirant in
Imo State Mazi Okechukwu Unegbu has
rolled out priority areas his administration will tackle if he emerges the state governor in 2015 elections..
Speaking while presenting his
letter of intent to contest for the governorship of the state on the platform of
the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, at the party’s state secretariat
yesterday in Owerri, Unegbu said his government would focus on the provision of
quality education, clean water supply, agriculture, health and environment as
well as security.
He said if elected, his
administration would also lay emphasis on quality road transportation network as
a necessary function of government.
Unegbu, who is an
accomplished banker and lawyer said he would declare war on poverty in Imo
State through creating enabling environment that gives every person the
opportunity to succeed as well as use his contact to attract investments to the
He said he had toured round
the state and discovered that the purported free education by the current
administration in the state lacked quality, saying aside guaranteeing free
education, his administration would lay emphasis on teachers training education
and ensure the pupils of primary and secondary schools receive the best education.
He expressed sadness that
there were water reservoir in every community with none of them functioning,
and promised to ensure clean water supply.
The governorship hopeful
disclosed that he would place emphasis also on agriculture by ensuring it
becomes the mainstay of the state’s economy.
According to him, his
programme on agriculture would include reopening Imo River Basin Authority, promoting
sustainable agriculture, insuring accessible fertilizer products for
agricultural development and promoting alternative farming mechanisms in the
areas of fishing, mushrooms, snail farming etc.
The Ogbe, Mbaise-born technocrat
disclosed that he was one of the six men who developed a blue print for the
development of Lagos State, saying, he could do better in Imo where he comes
The former chairman, Board
of Fellows, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria as well as the chairman and
managing director of several banks in Nigeria said he used his positions to fix
many Imolites in the banking and other sectors and promised to do more in the
areas of job creation, empowerment and
entrepreneurial skills development programme (EDP).
He emphasized that Imo
state needed a personality with high academic background to steer the affairs
of the state.
On why he chose to run on
the platform of APGA, Unegbu said he was one of the founders of the party adding
that he was one of those who brought Governor Rochas Okorocha and Senator Chris Anyanwu into the
party in 2010.
He assured that despite
their betrayals, the party would overcome them and bounce back in 2015.
He urged the people of the
state to support his ambition by giving him their confidence and trust to help retrieve
the mandate that was stolen from the party and enable him give the state the
best of governance.