A Governorship aspirant on the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform in Ekiti State, Dr. Makanjuola Owolabi, has unveiled a five-point agenda for the state’s development.
He also launched his campaign organisation, the Ekiti Restoration Agenda (ERA), to sell his candidacy to party delegates and the electorate in the 16 Local Government Areas.
Speaking in his Aisegba-Ekiti country home, Owolabi, a medical practitioner, said leadership with character is what is needed in the state. He promised to restore the honour and integrity of Ekiti if he succeeds in the governorship election.
His five-point development blueprint include Education, Quality Health Care, Infrastructural Development, Mechanized Agriculture and Good Governance.
Owolabi, who has been practising for over 40 years, promised to float the Ekiti Health Insurance Scheme at primary, secondary and tertiary health institutions in the state to complement the National Health Insurance Scheme.
On infrastructure, the aspirant pledged to carry out aggressive rural electrification programme and provide potable water, roads, bridges and affordable housing for the masses.
He also promised to construct an agriculture airport for the exportation of cash crops. He pledged to make Ekiti the hub of commercial agriculture in Nigeria and depend less on the allocations from the Federation Account.
Owolabi said he would provide good governance through zero tolerance for corruption, block leakages of revenue generation, provide security for citizens and ensure separation of power among the arms of government.
He said: “I am in politics to serve the people of his state and to give them good governance using the maifesto of our great party, APC. Leadership with character is what is needed in Ekiti and Nigeria.
“Politics is not about fighting and demolishing petrol stations; you don’t lead by punishing people I believe I can offer myself for the service of our people because if decent people don’t participate in politics, you end up beng governed by nonentities who are inferior to you.
“Politics is about being a helper to yur neihour and the people around you and not eating “booli” (roasted plantain) at junctions.”
Owolabi’s wife Edna, said her husband has acquired experience as a medical practitioner, employer of labour and a philanthropist, adding that he only wanted to use politics to give better life to Ekiti people.
Some party chieftains at the occasion included Chief Biodun Akin-Fasae, Mr. Remi Osabusua, and Princess Omotunde Adelabu. (TheNation)