GOVERNORSHIP candidate of Labour Party, Mr Ifeanyi Ubah has promised to create 40,000 jobs before his first 100 days in office, if voted into power.
Speaking at the flag-off of his gubernatorial campaign at the Holy Trinity Centenary field, Onitsha, recently, Ubah, in his speech titled: “My freedom plan for Ndi-Anambra”, pledged to initiate strategic leadership skills for the benefit of Anambra people.
According to him, “our beloved state, Anambra, is as of today, at a critical state of development and what is required now, more than ever before, is business acumen and strategic leadership skills to transform it for the benefit of the greatest number of our people both at home and in the Diaspora.”
He said, “I promise you, Ndi-Anambra, to create 40,000 jobs before my first 100 days in office as the Governor of Anambra State. I have already developed a master plan for the creation of these jobs, both in the public and private sectors of the economy.
The youths and women will take centre-stage in my efforts to create jobs for our people. Women will be empowered financially and otherwise so that they can establish their own business endeavours. My government will provide financial assistance to the youths in the 21 local government areas to set up and grow their own businesses.
“Furthermore, I will encourage the State House of Assembly to enact a law to enhance the capacity of our women and youths to have easy access to bank credits with which to co-operatively participate in the establishment of small and medium scale industries.”
Speaking on his plans for the education sector, he promised to ensure that no Anambra child of school age will be denied functional education as a result of the inability of the parents to pay for his or her education, especially at the primary and secondary school levels.
“I will, no doubt, end the many years of the non-employment of teachers in our schools, as well as introduce a new teacher’s salary scale (TSS) to enhance morale and improve the productivity of teachers in the state.”
On his plans to create a conducive environment for business, he promised to establish the Anambra State Business Development Agency to provide advisory, financial and logistic support to “our youth apprentices to start their own individual enterprises after acquiring the necessary trading skills from their business masters.
“The agency will help to package Anambra State businessmen and women to enable them access both local and international credit facilities and support. The agency will also provide support to patent holders and manufacturers so that they can set-up businesses in Anambra State, and in the process, offer employment opportunities to our people.”
To reduce crime rate in the state, the governorship hopeful said: “I will implement a comprehensive security plan to tackle the root causes of insecurity in the state, as my government will focus more on preventive and pro-active measures in the fight against crime.
My government will implement massive job and employment programmes to keep the youths off the streets by meaningfully engaging them permanently. Furthermore, my government will enhance the capacities of the law enforcement agencies and our local vigilanté groups to detect and fight crime by introducing the use of modern technology, especially in intelligence gathering; detection of crime; reporting crime and tracking criminals, as we will partner with relevant agencies and telecommunications operators to set up hotlines to enable our people report crimes and volunteer information to aid investigations.