Deputy Senate President and sole All Progressives Congress (APC) aspirant for the governorship of Delta, Ovie Om-Agege, today released a wide ranging manifesto which he described as the work plan to build a new state.
In a statement which he personally signed, he described the manifesto as “The EDGE to Build a New Delta, which according to him, covers critical areas of governance that would drive his government’s agenda.
“EDGE encapsulates employment and empowerment, good governance, development and enduring peace and security. It is a product of profound thought based on my practical experience both in the executive and legislative arms of government. Having served as secretary to the state government, and as senator, and now as deputy Senate president, I am privileged to have a panoramic view of the issues of governance.
“It is these experiences I am bringing to bear on my plans for Delta State. Governance is tough, but it is not all rocket science. So, we are going to engage with vigour on all fronts, and build a brand new Delta,” he said.
Omo-Agege said he is motivated by a desire to arrest receding hope among Deltans and build a state where the people’s future is brighter than their past.
“I will address our scary unemployment rate by prioritising public investment in agriculture and tech-driven entrepreneurship. My plan as stated in our manifesto will change the business ecosystem of the state and create an investment-friendly charter that makes access to funds and infrastructure a natural way of life.
“Human capital development, agriculture, tourism, infrastructure, housing and other labour intensive interventions are at the core of our agenda. We shall establish a Delta State Employment, Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Programme, and facilitate the establishment of cluster industries in each of the 25 councils of our state.
“We will deliberately create an enabling environment for industries and manufacturing. Establish technology hubs, set up small business loan guarantee schemes, promote skills acquisition and set up a career development centre for Deltans.
“As part of our plans to promote ease of doing business, we’ll undertake institutional and process reviews, remove red tape and bureaucratic bottle necks, improve infrastructure, re-engineer our peace and security strategies, while establishing a one stop repository of business knowledge and information.
“We will guarantee the rights of women and invest their unique energy to drive social and economic development in the state. We will initiate a youth development programme that moves them away from the hopelessness of today, connect them to creative endeavours and generate energies for honourable work.
“While making aggressive investment in modern infrastructure capable of opening up the total economic energies of our people, we will lift the state out of a mono-economic dependency by launching diversification into tech and business incubation,” he said.
In its entirety, he said: “Our agenda is to build a compassionate state that guarantees support for the vulnerable among us, and ensures our people live in peace and security, free from harassment, intimidation and militancy.”