By Ochiaka Ugwu
I will transform kogi State through focusing in three main areas, Human Capital Development, Youth and Women Empowerment, a gubernatorial hopeful on the platform of the Ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Mustapha Mona Audu has said.
Mona Audu who made this known last week during an interactive session with newsmen in Abuja said he was in the race given the conviction that he has a lot to offer the good people of Kogi in terms of overcoming the existing challenges which have bedeviled the State.
According him, “We have a lot to offer the good people of Kogi State. We are going to overcome the existing challenges. We are going to focus on three major areas, human capital development, youth and women empowerment”.
This does not mean that we will not focus in other areas of governance and development. We believe that any government that is thinking of constructing roads and providing other amenities of such is not a serious one because these are the same promises our parents gave to us”.
Mona Audu informed that the transformation will come in a new method that will be most efficient and technology driven that will ensure that basic amenities will not only be sustainable but affordable to the people.
“With the new technology and new means of accomplishing task we know that one can provide all these efficiently and even made them sustainable and affordable to the people”.
Mona expressed optimism of emerging victorious upon the fears raised by other aspirants that the incumbent will use the indirect/delegate system adopted by the party’s hierarchy to his own advantage saying that he is with the grassroots.
“A lot of people worry about the indirect primary adopted by the party because of the power of incumbency, but I will tell you that we are not troubled because we know we have won based on the general assessment of the peoples’ political heartbeat.
“We work directly with the people; we believe we should be out in the field engaging our people. We have been going from village to village and we have been meeting delegates. We solve the immediate problems of our people. We are convinced that this is the most effective way of meeting the delegates and appealing to them to do the needful. We don’t have money like the incumbent, but you know he has failed to meet their aspirations.
Mona said he is going to use the enormous natural recourses in the State to better the lot of people maintaining that Kogi is rich in minerals which must be harnessed to increase its Internally Generated Revenue base.