By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) governorship candidate in Imo State, Eze Okey, has vowed to tackle crime in the state through vigorous creation of jobs for the teaming unemployed youths in the state.
Speaking to journalists shortly after collecting his expression of interest and nomination forms at the APGA headquarters in Abuja, Eze lamented that from available records, over 800,000 youths in the state are unemployed.
He said there is always a link between unemployment and high crime rate, adding that it is only through a deliberate budgeting and political determination that jobs can be created by any government.
Speaking further, the governorship aspirant said it is time for people from the corporate world to cue into government to rescue the state from the numerous socioeconomic challenges bedeviling it.
While restraining himself from absolutely condemning the Governor Rochas Okorocha led government in the state, he however admitted that there is still a huge gap between what the incumbent Governor has done and what the people expected from him.
To this end, he promised that his priority as Governor of Imo State would be to create jobs for the people, even as he lamented that the 800,000 figure of jobless people in the state is scandalous given the human and natural resources endowment of the state.
“There is the need to revive the productive sector so that youths can find more meaningful jobs and reduce the crime rates in the state. There is still a huge gap between what the people expect in Imo state and what he has achieved”, he said.
He added that “It is time for professionals with credible track records of proven ability, competent and conversant with global best practices in the management of men and resources to step up and aspire for leadership position”.
“My coming into politics is to let the younger generation know that there are indeed well meaning professionals of proven integrity who are willing to clean up the system”, he said.
While explaining that cooperate governance, due process, accountability are the watch words that nobody can do without in governance, the APGA governorship candidate said “If you are not following due process in whatever you are doing, then you will be trapped in the process of poor implementation in governance”.
“There are people who are not accountable, when you don’t follow due process the project that you intend to execute is already billed for failure”, he said.
On zoning, the gubernatorial aspirant said zoning shouldn’t be the sole driving force for anybody to say he wants to be Governor.
“But is always a wonderful coincidence when you have people that are competent, qualified and are eminently positioned to deliver good leadership coming from a particular area”, he said.