From Idongesit Inyang
A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), female gubernatorial aspirant in Cross River has remarked that all security votes must be returned to the security men if insecurity must be fought to a standstill in the country.
Mrs. Imah Nsa Adegoke, made the remark recently in Calabar while addressing PDP chapter vice chairmen and secretaries as part of her consultation with PDP delegates in the state.
According to Adegoke, a lawyer and philanthropist, it is wrong for states to keep the security votes that are meant for the security operatives who are vested with the power to fight crimes.
She said that to ensure that security returns and most especially communal clashes eliminated, security operatives must have the means to handle security matters effectively and with all amount of seriousness.
The female gubernatorial hopeful decried the deceptive attitude of some leaders and promised to change the narratives if elected the next governor of Cross River adding that the state has been thrown into darkness and the PDP shortchanged with the defection of the present governor.
Declaring herself as the “choice and not an option”, Adegokesaid she has the passion for the people of the state, especially the widows, youths and the downtrodden who she said have been neglected in the scheme of things promising that with her as the governor, the people must on monthly basis be supported with stipends.
Adegoke who in 2011 contested governorship election under Labour Party and lost, said that backward integrated industrialization for agriculture and mineral resources will be the focus of restoring wealth in the state if she is elected.
Hear her “We do not need oil wells in Cross River” as all efforts should be geared towards ensuring that “all companies extracting our resources in whatever form from Bakassi to Obanliku commit to ensuring that rural communities benefit from an approved and robust corporate social responsibility budget.”
Host communities’ needs will be taken care of along with extraction and operations that go on for profit, the PDP aspirant enthused assuring the local government representatives that if elected, there will be no imposition of candidates on them as all aspirants will be given equal opportunity to contest.
The PDP aspirant equally assured to reactivate agricultural projects in the state, turn Tinapa to a technological park as well as establish functional complimentary industries to make Cross River to be rich again.
She has therefore emerged with a vision to shift the cycle of injustice and inequalities in the government of the state.Adegoke further explained that her policy on infrastructure will address the tangible and intangible aspects.
Believing in a true democracy, the female aspirant, said that power must shift to the women this time, stating that she is not coming to try but to shift the usual and endeavour to spread hospitals, schools, employments and farms across the 18 local government areas.
On payment of pensions and gratuity to retired civil servants in the state, Adegoke condemned the refusal of government to respond to the yearnings of people who have served the state meritoriously for 35 years.
She prayed that “sword will never depart from their houses” asking how they expect the retirees to survive, some in the rural areas and regretting that many have died while waiting without being attended to by government.