By VINCENT UJUMADU
Progressives Peoples Alliance, PPA candidate, Godwin Ezeemo has launched his ‘Wellbeing manifesto’ in Awka, with a promise to make power supply the focal point of his administration.
Speaking at a media dinner in the Anambra State capital, Ezeemo said that power is the catalyst for all facets of development, adding that for that reason, he would encourage the establishment of Independent Power Plants in the state through Public/Private Partnership, even as he would collaborate with other electricity generating and distribution companies to ensure constant supply of electricity in the state.
The emphasis on power, he explained, was borne out of the fact that without cheap and constant electricity, industrialization, massive employment generation, youth empowerment, among others, would be a mirage.
He said: “I know it is expensive to generate power, but we must do it because it is the only way we can push the economy to a higher level. Distribution of transformers, which many governments do, cannot solve the problem as these transformers are only meant to step down existing power.
“If we improve power supply, a lot of jobs will be generated and unemployment will drastically reduce. It is improved power that will make vocational centers, skills acquisition centers and moribund industries work.”
Other areas of emphasis in the manifesto include security management in which he hopes to work with the police and other security agencies, the churches, traditional rulers.