From Nwogha Ndubuisi, Abakaliki
The Ebonyi Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant, Dr Ezeh Emmanuel Ezeh, on Monday revealed that if given the mandate to pilot affairs of the state come 2023 would end the aged decadence of street hawking commonly associated to nwa-Abakaliki.
Eze made this known while interacting with newsmen in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state capital.
The gubernatorial aspirant who is a first class Oxford university trained successful entrepreneur and hold several doctorate degrees from different areas of life including innovation, leadership and global trade, promised to industrialize Ebonyi to compete favourably with other south eastern states’ Gross Domestic Product.
Ezeh, a successful business man who believe in human capital development said that he would combine his acumen with the available structure in the state to uplifting Ebonyi to become a business hub of the south East and beyond.
While talking about the moribund NigerCem cement factory, Dr Ezeh described as “politics of selfishness” as the cause of its abandon and assured that he would revitalize the factory, hence,create more than three hundred thousands direct job from the area.
He said, “I am ashamed to continue to belong to the extensively back-warding state in the southeast. As an entrepreneur, the call to service is now, to decorate the destinies of the Ebonyi people, because our business environment has collapsed and we need to pursue our vision anchored on three pillars of the Recovery, Rebuilding and Restoration of Ebonyi State to the original dreams of our founding fathers.
“I have a plan for Ebonyi people and it is not mouthing promises. When I said I will build human capacity, I will do it. For instance, when I said, I will create jobs for our people and I mean it, and it will be a way of encouraging our people, to make a meaningful living anywhere in the world.”
Ezeh ostensibly marshalled out plans to resolving and revamping the Nigeria Cement Company, Nkalagu, within his first 100 days in office as the Governor of Ebonyi State.
“NIGERCEM, would not only be resuscitated but constantly serve as the driver of the industrialization policy of my leadership, to provide jobs for the teeming unemployed youths in the state who are roaming the street in different parts of the country doing menial jobs for a living.
Continuing, the Peoples Democratic Party governorship hopeful hinted that his administration would be anchored on the people, and stated that he would bring back people oriented governance to its full practice by ensuring that Ebonyians regain trust to government.
He, however, commended the past administrations in the state and emphasized that the past leaders gave their best in their capacity but said his coming will reshape Ebonyi making the state conducive for business, there by, beneficial to every citizens of the state irrespective of class.
Ezeh urged stakeholders not to allow selfish politicians to truncate the charter of equity already established in the state politics as to encourage overall development and fair rotation of power. He pledged to redeem the niche of ‘Academics in Governance,’ to bring the intense and fundamental review to governance issues in Ebonyi State.
He further stated that with the diverse experiences he is bringing to the fore like his finance background, leadership training from one of the world’s best institutions, multiple doctorate qualifications from reputable institutions of high learning in a business career, traversing multiple fields such as Media, ICT, Renewable Energy, and many others, that he has prepared enough to introduce industrial revolution that would place Ebonyi state in the global map.
According to him, ” My administration is built for the future, but a critical part is missing – The Human Development part. I will bring that aspect into the basket and quickly develop the state to match the dreams and vision of the present administration.
“Ebonyi indeed has been blessed with visionary leaders simply because our very first Executive Governor, Distinguished Senator Dr Sam Ominyi Egwu built a solid foundation in education upon which Chief Martin Elechi took off from.
“With the present challenges facing Nigeria and Ebonyi State now, Ebonyi requires a man of ideas. It takes a man who can create wealth to manage wealth. “We are one people. We must do all to bring down the tension around equity and zoning.”
He lamented the difficulty people in the hinterland experience on their roads during the rainy season and promised to embark on what he called a culvert revolution in his first 100 days in office, assuring accessible and quality roads if emerged as the governor of the State.
He also promised to build a sports and medical village respectively, with a robust agricultural production and modernisation, reticulation of drinkable water from the available water schemes in Ebonyi to all corners of the state, alongside building skill acquisition centres cutting across electronics, building technology, food processing among others.
Dr Ezeh, the current President of Ebonyi Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture and Deputy to the SECCIMA President, equally called on professionals and technocrats to grasp politics, pointing out the words of Haile Selassie that “evil thrives when people who should speak keep silent.
“I am made to take risks, I am an entrepreneur, and right from my childhood, I have been taking risks, just to develop myself and get more advanced for the benefit of humanity. Leadership has become empty. I am ready to work 24 hours every day. Ebonyi doesn’t require a governor that will work six months and the rest of the days will be frivolity.
“Ebonyi doesn’t require a governor that will be sharing leadership with his family members. My first son is just entering university, not a person that will only consider his children, siblings and inlaws first, instead of the entire citizens of the state while in office.
“Let us face four years of hard labour and see where we will reach with me if I’m elected to be the governor of Ebonyi State. 2023 is a make of man, and I want us to know that the Almighty God has remembered Nigeria. Now, you must elect not a governor but men and women of integrity across boards.” Ezeh said