As far as the Imo State APGA governorship frontrunner, Sir Okey Ezeh, is concerned, Imo has not been able to create employment for the teeming young population of the state because there has been a dearth of investment in the critical sectors that can unleash to entrepreneurial spirit of Imo people and rev up the local economy. Such areas include infrastructure, power, education and industrialization.
In a chat with newsmen on Wednesday in the Imo State Capital, Owerri, the ex multinational banker decried the rate of unemployment in Imo and further stated that Imo State should have no business grappling with over 800,000 unemployed youths when there are so many channels of creating employment. Ezeh disclosed that the Imo situation is owed to lack of responsible, credible and accountable governance. He assured that when elected his stewardship will arrest the situation and reverse the trend.
The Knight of the Catholic Church who also heads the Council of Patrons of the Purgatorian Society of Nigeria revealed that his comprehensive blueprint for the rebirth of Imo State, named the Imo Marshal Plan, I-MAP, has developed policies to reactivate high-potential industries that are currently comatose in the State, which include Adapalm, Avutu Poultry, Inyishi Aluminum and Standard Shoe Industries. He said his vision is to turn them into revenue-generating businesses through joint-venture participation from private sector investors.
For him, “Investor participation will be maximized by positioning the State Government as a reliable and consistent player in Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), and as a guarantor for long-term off-take agreements.”
He continued, “The I-MAP has developed Industrial Master Plan, to identify high potential areas for industrialization and infrastructure required to realize such potentials, communicate high potential areas to prospective investors and technical partners to encourage private sector investment, and establish a New Industrial Zone in each senatorial district.”
Ezeh also affirmed that his administration will partner with new investors for a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) power distribution network that will span the entire state, to enable the administration achieve its objective of providing affordable and reliable power to all households and businesses, including rural electrification via Mini Grid technology.
The investment expert enthused that 2019 will bring an end to the gloomy days in Imo State and usher in a state which everyone will be proud of.