A governoship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic party, (PDP), Dr. Victor Adoji, has said that he was in the race to provide responsible and responsive governance by offering service to the people of kogi state.
Speaking on Monday at the ongoing media Parley organized by the Nigeria union of journalists, (NUJ), the former banker maintained, that the fortunes of Kogi state has to witness a complete and holistic transformation from the current stereotype consumer economy to producer’s economy considering the abundance of natural resources in the state at commercial quantity
According to Adoji, his decision to run for the governorship race of kogi state is not a move that was arrived at in a haste and wishful desire, adding that the more reason it has to taken him this long for to pick both the intent and nomination forms.
“I decided to pick my nomination form on the closing date. If I had picked my form earlier, others would have backed out. I am the biggest mascurade of them all and cannot be intimidated” he said
Speaking further he said “Haven ran for the kogi East senate seat at the last February general election whose both process and outcome were marred and characterized by various malpractices and inconsistencies, one would have naturally want to take a break.
“However, the desire to contribute my quota to the improvement of the lives of our people has compelled me to succumb to their entreaties to aspire for governorship of the state.
“My political aspiration is driven by sheer passion for service and the need to provide credible and people oriented leadership which has eluded our state and people since our return to democracy.
“I am not in race for personal gains, but to offer myself as an instrument for community service. Our goal is to improve the living condition of our people through innovative and pragrammatic governance.
“I am not unaware of the economic challenges coupled with the prevalent ineptitude in leadership that is bedeviling the state presently, with the good people of the state who are yearning for positive change and transformation, I will evolve a template that will rejuvenate the state .
“we all know that for a better Kogi state, all that is required is a communion that functions properly, the leadership that is pro-actively responsive, and a people that are deservedly hopeful and forward looking. Moreover, I am wholeheartedly disposed to providing leadership by example and at the fore-front in promoting team spirit in all kogites to ask not, what Kogi state can do for us, but what we can do for kogi state.
“From all indication and antecedent as evident, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) present the only credible platform to execute projects and programmes that will not only restore the confidence of people in governance but also provide them with democratic deliverables.
He said, It was his fervent believe that all party faithfuls and the good people of Kogi state will join hands in the process of restoring the fortunes of the state as will be exemplified in his emergence as the party flag bearer at the primaries.
On salary payment, Adoji said, “In conformity with global best practices, payment of civil servants and political office holder’s salaries and emoluments is not an achievement, but a routine legitimate duty of the State government.
“My call on the generality of the people of kogi state across the three senatorial district is that, we should all embrace the tenet of democratic governance as against the tyranny, oppression, violence that is currently in vogue in the state.
“The core value of human existence should be upheld in order to usher in a reengineered socio-political and economic development in kogi state in an atmosphere of peace and unity.
“The comatose Educational sector shall be reinvigorated in such a way that the required infrastructure and manpower shall be provided for our pupils, with payment of full salaries to teachers and local government workers as against the present percentage payment that has pervaded the system in the last four years. The secondary and tertiary institutions are not left out. This lack luster attitude of the current leadership who have failed to pay attention to the sector must be corrected.
He promised not to limit his transformation agenda to education alone, but equally give attention to health sector.
Speaking further, he said “It has become imperative to move our hospitals and health centers from mere consulting clinics to first class healthcare facilities which not only guarantee the safety and good health of our citizens, but also provide adequate compensation system to our Doctors and other medical practitioners, who have been relegated to the background in compensation of their quality services.
On agriculture and youth development, the former banker said ” I view the youths from a higher pedestal that are just as leaders of an indefinite tomorrow. I see them as a real agent of positive change and the flag bearer of the progressive and sustainable movement to a better tomorrow.
“Our youths should not be relegated to play the role of ballot boxes snatchers, and Armed wing of political parties and aspirants whose children are not playing any serious role in electioneering processes.
On security of lives and property, Adoji maintained that “the security of lives and property of the citizenry will be a cardinal point of our administration God willing, the insecurity in the state shall be tackled holistically as against the current trend where there are incessant cases of kidnapping, thuggery, armed robbery, hostage taking, rape, intolerance of higher magnitude to mention but a few will checked by evolving an all encompassing strategy that will usher in peaceful co-existence among the citizenry.
“The civil service is the engine room of any government, I therefore present myself to ensure that the civil service is repositioned in line with the best global practice where hierarchy and decorum shall be sustained.Share this on WhatsApp