By Oluwatope Lawanson
Sen. Athan Achonu, Governorship Candidate of Labour Party for the Imo State gubernatorial election, has pledged his commitment to the common good of all Imo people if given the opportunity come Nov. 11 election.
Achonu made the pledge during a town hall meeting with Imo Town Unions, Trade Associations, Professionals and Ndi Imo residents in Lagos held at Amuwo Industrial Estate.
The theme of the meeting was: “” Let’s Take Back Imo”.
Some dignitaries with the Senator included his deputy governorship candidate, Hon. Tony Nwulu and the Achonu/Nwulu Campaign Organisation’s Director-General, Chime Nzeribe.
Others were Kenneth Ahanobi, Labour Party National Youth Leader; Callistus Ihejiagwa, Imo State Labour Party Chairman; Capt. David Mbamara, Labour Party Chieftain; Hon Lady George Ilechukwu, Women leader and others.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that come Nov. 11, 2023, Imo citizens will have the opportunity to elect a new governor to steer the affairs of the state for another constitutional term of four years beginning Jan. 15, 2024.
Achonu stated the he would be dedicated to the development of the state by creating sustainable pathways.
He added that his administration would leverage the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to bring all round development to the state and its citizens.
“I will create an enabling environment for the return of normalcy to the security situation in the state, thus paving the way for increased investment in Igbo land.
“My administration will secure the state so that citizens would be free to live and conduct their private businesses without let or hindrance in the pursuit of their individual or collective prosperity,” he said.
On economy, the LP gubernatorial candidate said he would encourage trade and commerce within Imo and with other parts of the country through rehabilitation and rebuilding programme.
He added the the programme would help in modernizing the markets, and in the process provide a more conducive environment for trading activities.
According to him, given the importance of power as an enabler of development, my administration shall declare an emergency in the power sector.
“We will improve access to reliable power supply through investments in the power sector and collaboration/partnership with private sector investors.
“We will aggressively invest in the agricultural sector with Initiatives and at achieving food security and the productive engagement of our citizens.
“Also, we will work towards taking full advantage of the exceptional skills and knowledge base of our people wherever they may be which includes the diaspora in the service of their homeland,” he said.
Similarly, Achonu said that he would implement reforms in the justice sector thereby enhancing access to justice for the citizens, and speedy trial of cases before the courts.
He further added that his administration would ensure women and youth participation and inclusivity in governance
On health, Achonu assured that he would ensure an evolving healthcare system built on a foundation of quality primary healthcare that ensures access to the citizens.
Also, the Labour Party Deputy Governorship candidate, Hon Tony Nwulu, in his remarks was optimistic that it would be a new dawn in the state if Achonu and ”LP” inhabit Douglas House as the new over government.
According to him, Imo has to rise again as it was in the days of late Gov. Sam Mbakwe, who was a progressive.
Earlier in his welcome address, Amb. Theo Chibueze, Chief Coordinator, Concerned Imo Influencers said the essence of the meeting was to solicit support in retrieving the state from the vise grip of evil wanton destruction of lives and property caused by inept government.
“Let us join the movement to take back Imo from inept administrators that had run the state aground, by returning home en masse to vote in the Nov. 11 election,” he charged. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Vivian Ihechu