By Yinka Ajayi
A governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Muyiwa Coker, has explained why he is in the race. According to Coker, he wants to use the office of governor to better the lot of Ekiti people. Coker spoke during his tour of the 16 local government areas of the state to meet with party members during which he presented his agenda. The governorship election holds in July.
A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and stock market trader, he disclosed that he was in contact with some partners working with the United Nations on the establishment of an integrated agricultural initiative specially tailored for Ekiti. “We plan to establish mechanized farms which would process farm produce for consumption by our people and create employment and wealth. We hope to provide jobs for at least 25, 000 youths immediately the project kicks off. We need 200,000 hectares of land from each of the 16 LGAs for this project”, the aspirant told the APC members.
The governorship contender also spoke of plans to revive the educational sector of Ekiti with massive investments from partners in the United Nations already on ground in Nigeria and working in Ogun”.
“Presently, no one can say how much Ekiti is making as IGR. I plan to get a definitive figure which is hoped to be improved on so as to deliver democratic dividends to Ekiti people.
“As governor, I will enforce a policy that all political appointees must attend ward meetings at least once a month, so as to keep them abreast of happenings at the grassroots, which, on the long run, will help us in general administration.
“There are 48 months in the four-year tenure of the governor. I plan, as governor, to shift the seat of government to each of the LG councils for a month at a time, so as to know what the problems in those local councils are and also create an avenue to open up those local councils and the towns for investment opportunities from visitors and business people coming into Ekiti to see the governor or do government business.
“There would be no political appointee that would be sworn into office without a letter of clearance from his ward; this is to make government appointees know and be familiar with their people in the ward. We do not want any ex-this or ex-that to come with people from Toronto or America to be imposed on us, it i’s a strategy to say no, so that you people will have a place in government, the issue of clearance from the wards will not affect people like you because we know you all already”.
On infrastructural development, he told the party members: “We need to think of how to make things better in Ekiti and there are towns and villages in the state that I know when I was a little boy that are still the same way they were 40 years ago. We need to start thinking out of the box. We need to think of how we can make money for Ekiti without collecting money from the federal government. There are lots of resources in Ekiti that can spin lots of money for the general well-being of the people.
All we need to do is work together with one mind. The time to work is now. We need to use our votes to change the way things are in Ekiti. Politicians will come with money to induce you. You must always remember the future our state and of your children. Use your votes and use them right, vote for credible candidates; Ekiti needs to come back to God. If a government in power is not good, know that the people in power are not close to God, we need prayers for our state. My coming into politics is to harness the vast resources scattered all over Ekiti for the benefit of our people. As far back as 2015, I made up my mind to do all I can to help the party and the state. I have been in the fore front of covering the nakedness of the party at a time no one was there for the party in the state””.
On the huge debt of Ekiti, he said the state could be financially stable. His words: “We only need to think out of the box We need leaders who have the knowledge of managing resources. That is what I am bringing into government. I am an accountant and a trained stock exchange trader. I work with Ogun State governor as a special assistant. I have been part of the team making things happen in Ogun, I have a template I developed that is already working in Ogun. We only need to replicate it here in Ekiti. Take for instance the huge debt of Ekiti, we can spread it,
“We can restructure the money. As a trained stock exchange trader, there are lots of instruments that we can play with to offset our debt that will benefit the state on the long run. There is need to restructure the finances of the state for it to become attractive to investors; it’ is my field, I know what to do and I am requesting for the necessary support to get there”.