‘My vision for Rivers State’ – Governorship Aspirant
By Chris Ezeonoh,
A governorship aspirant in Rivers State on the platform of the All Progressive Congress, (APC), Hon. Tekena Iyagba has said that if he clinched the governorship position, he would embark on massive industrialization to create jobs and free the state from the uncertainties associated with the oil economy.
Iyagba who is the Chief Executive officer of Acron Limited said with his experience in the private sector, he would hit the ground running once elected; stressing that Rivers State needed an administrator who would come with a purpose and not a politician.
The aspirant, who spoke to newsmen while declaring his intention to contest for the governorship position in 2023, said the state needed someone who was firm and at the same time flexible and had the fear of God to rule the state.
The businessman who hails from Okrika, in the riverine part of the state said he decided to join the race for the Brick House because he did not want to continue to fold his hands and watch political events go wrong in the state.
His words, “I’m one of those who are tired of complaining behind closed doors and also I have come to realize that governance is too important to just leave in the hands of politicians. I therefore have decided to come forward and do something about it”
He explained that it was not good enough to complain about the government at the federal level, adding that if the states individually could get things right together, the nation would be a great place. The Trumpet Gathered
He argued that the state needed a superstructure on which generations yet unborn would stand on and grow, saying it is such structures that propelled the nations in Europe and America to the height they have attained in the world today.
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Iyagba described himself as an administrator who needs a political office to achieve his purpose, restating that his focal point was industrialization and urban renewal.
He said; “My key points are for us to industrialize our state to be able to stand without our oil revenue that we get from the federal government, have public private partnerships PPP in place, and create structures that even when another government comes into place the structures still stand. We have got so many abandoned projects because of lack of these structures”.
“If the next government had continued where Amaechi stopped, I believe that by now we would have been somewhere. I share his vision but I have my own ideas to perfect his vision. Not just to perfect his vision but to also set it in place so that it cannot be altered even by the next government”.
On his chances of clinching the APC’s governorship ticket, he said he is like every other candidate in the contest who is desirous of change. “We are all tired, we are tired and we need a change and let’s do something differently this time. Let’s forget the usual old faces, the usual politicians and all their promises”, he demanded.
He announced that he would unveil his detailed manifesto on the 1st of May, 2022 when he would officially declare his preparedness to fight for the APC governorship ticket among other candidates who had also indicated interest for the number one seat in the state for the 2023 elections.