Gubernatorial candidate of Action Peoples Party (APP), Chief Mascot Uzor Kalu has promised to rebuild moribund state-owned companies in other to leapfrog the Abia State economy.
He said, for example, Abia Palm Nigeria Ltd which is about 10,000 acres is in an economic boom and will employ a lot of the youths and yield revenue.
“The poultry farm in Ukwa West, the modern Ceramics in Umuahia, and Golden Guinea Breweries… There are several state-owned companies that can absorb our teeming youths and they earn gainful income from there.”
Uzor-Kalu highlighted his other plans to make Abia great again if given the mandate to govern the state in the 2023 elections by the people.
Speaking to a group of senior editors from Abia state recently, Mascot who is very dissatisfied with the parlous state of things in the state, said that one of his priorities is job creation and will be creating 10,000 jobs yearly, to absorb the teeming youths roaming the streets.
“With these companies, we are going to be very deliberate in signing up public-private partnerships and getting investors to come on board. These things are really achievable.
“Also we will involve multilateral agencies, who are ready to invest in very profitable and lucrative businesses even in the power sector.
“Look at what Professor Barth Nnaji has done with Geometric Power Ltd. More people can still come in into that sector to create jobs. What we are saying is that there must be that credible integrity and trust in governance for investors to come in so that whatever is put on pen and paper is done and the administration will fall through with it.
Uzor-Kalu, who spoke through his deputy governorship candidate, Prof. Osondu Akomas, said” My government will enter into partnerships with local and international investors as well as the private sector and multilateral agencies to create a minimum of 10.000 jobs each year thereby making 40,000 jobs in the first four years of our administration.
He further disclosed his other agenda to resuscitate the parlous position of the state. “We also want to place a high premium and emphasis on education. Education is important; it is one thing that will give the opportunity to the child of a rich person and a poor person to dine at the same table.
“We are going to reestablish the free primary and secondary education policy in Abia state. This is not its first time, it has been done in the past, and we are also prioritising infrastructure.
“Our party is a new one, but it is also made up of young vibrant men and women, who are not satisfied with the state of affairs in our state and wish to do things differently and we are coming with a passion to work, the role our sleeves, get down to work.
“We strongly believe that our state is not where we need to have people who are there, having retirement mentality, feeling entitled. We must have people, who are ready to make their mark, provide service based on their competencies, and passion to drive excellence.
“So Chief Mascot Uzor Kalu comes with that capacity and matched with his deputy, Professor Osondu Akomas are going to have a formidable pair that will inspire all peace-loving and good people of Abia state to join this team (Our mantra in APP is ‘For a better Abia), to build a better Abia when the citizens of Abia give us their mandate after the next election.
“With Chief Mascot Orji Uzor Kalu as a former chief of staff, he is not going to start looking for how to get things done. He is already in tune with the internal workings of the government house.
“When people start blaming governance for not starting work early, usually, there is this learning curve that is associated with getting in tune with the rhythm of the government bureaucracy.
“You actually agree with me that the chief of staff is the clearing house of governance, so getting down to the real business of governance from day one will be that simple for us.
“In the midst of these, we are not unmindful of the challenges,” he emphasised.