An Edo State governorship aspirant on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the September 10 poll, Dr Solomon Edebiri, has promised to transform the state from a tax reliant civil service state to an industrial and commercial hub in West Africa if elected governor of the state.
Chief Edebiri, at a meeting with some members of Edo community in Europe, said that one of the causes of poverty and unemployment in Nigeria was over reliance on tax and federal allocations. The PDP governorship aspirant said his first step towards making the state an industrialized and commercial hub was to establish an export base in the state.
He said: “I have perfected my strategy of a one-local- government, one-crop-programme. This will serve as a base for the much desired industrialisation and commercialisation bid. “I have also perfected plans to ensure that there is constant electricity power supply in the state just as we intend to stimulate independent investors and industrialists by putting in place government owned cottage factories to serve basic purposes.
“Our state is endowed with various natural and vibrant human resources. All the government needs to do is to have the right will and intent to ensure the execution of policies that will translate these to progress. “My government will focus on reducing unemployment as a way of reducing crime and violence and make the state one of the most developed and peaceful states in the country.”