- Ahead of the November 6 governorship election in Anambra, the ZLP candidate, Dr Obiora Okonkwo, has spoken on his plans for the state
- Okonkwo said if elected as Anambra state governor, he will not take any action without seeking advice from the academics
- The ZLP governorship candidate added that he will focus on security, youth empowerment and rural development
Awka, Anambra state - Dr Obiora Okonkwo, the candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in the November 6 Anambra governorship election says he will not do anything without consulting academics if elected the governor of the state.
Daily Trust reported that Okonkwo made the promise during a Town Hall Meeting with the Nnamdi Azikwe University Community on the state of polity at the institution’s auditorium, Awka, on Wednesday, October 20.
The ZLP governorship candidate said research was critical to quality leadership just as he alleged that the state is not on track due to negligence of those in the universities and research institutes.
Okonkwo said if he becomes governor, he will give research grants to the academics and researchers to grow the system for the benefit of all.
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“If I become the governor of Anambra state ,I will not do anything without consulting you. Academics are needed in driving the state economy of any country."
I will look into youth empowerment, others
Okonkwo said, if elected, he would look at rural development, peace and security, youth empowerment in the state.
He said if the people have what is due to them there would not have been any cause for agitation and insecurity in the state and the country in general.
The governorship candidate said the state has not had economic growth despite having produced many billionaires whose businesses are scattered all over the world.
Okonkwo added that if he is elected as governor, in less than six months, the crime rate will drop by 50% in Anambra.
Anambra election: What I’ll do in my first six months in office if elected
In a similar development, Senator Andy Uba, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Anambra election, has listed out what he would do in the first six months in office if elected as governor.
Among others, Senator Uba said he would conduct local government elections within the first six months of his first tenure as governor.
He noted the local government is the pillar of rural development, stating that the outgoing Willie Obiano administration had deprived people of the state of the grassroots governance that they deserve.