By Monsur Olowoopejo
Governorship candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, Dr. Abayomi Mumuni, has promised to make Lagos State self-reliant in power supply.
Speaking at a news conference in Lagos, Mumuni said his government will embark on the process of addressing the enormous infrastructure challenges in the state at the same tempo with human capital development if elected into office.
According to him, Governor Babatunde Fashola has done well but a lot still need to be done in the state infrastructure and developmental needs are still very enormous. He added that multi-dimensional approach will be employed to tackle the developmental challenges in the state.
He said his government will as a matter of urgency engage the Federal Government constructively on the need to put in place articulate framework for establishing its power supply mechanism while at the same time, securing right of ownership of PHCN assets in the state for steady power supply.
He said: “My first priority as the Governor is the energy sector. If you tackle that problem headlong, industries would work and people would be engaged properly.”
While throwing more lights on the agenda he intends to pursue when elected, he said the state government under him will take over redundant assets of the PHCN, to generate electricity while also building new facilities to cater for the energy needs of the state.
Mumuni criticised the incumbent government for doing little to ameliorate the condition of the people but rather insisted that it has further moved to pauperised them through its (the state government’s) programmes and policies.
According to him, CPC remains the veritable platform for needed social change in the nation’s polity in spite of the fact that it is a new party, saying, “everybody should not join the leading political parties to serve, rather, the essence of politics and politicking is to make impacts.”
“CPC is a new party, no doubt but when you want to analyse a party vis a vis its chances in any given election you have to look at the people behind the such party, their antecedence and their track records.” He said while dismissing the suggestion that the party would not make appreciable impact in the polls.