The All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday, lamented the “parlous” state of infrastructure in Enugu State, tracing it to the dichotomy politics that has existed since the inception of democracy in 1999.
A former Attorney General of the state, Mr. Ifeanyi Nwoga, made the observations while declaring his intention to contest the gubernatorial election next year.
Nwoga stressed that the mission of APC if given the opportunity, is to change the system, adding: “I want to abolish politics of dichotomy, where anybody that ascends to leadership sees other sections as not his priority. When an Nsukka man who occupies office begin to announce that it is their turn and where an Nkanu man or Udi man will occupy and say the same thing. That is what has stunted growth of infrastructure in Enugu state since 1999. We want to make the change to move our state forward.”
Speaking to a huge crowd at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Nwoga regretted that 18 years after inception of the current democracy, residents of the state still lack portable water, functional health facilities, good road networks and quality education.
He said the mismanagement of education in Enugu State was responsible for the spate of “mushroom” private schools existing in the state, vowing that if voted to power, he would ensure free and compulsory education at all levels in the public school system.
“We want to return to our original path where our public schools served our educational needs. I grew up in an environment where training was obtained in the various public schools in the state.
Presently, the reverse has become the case and people now receive all manner of training in the name of education. That is the bane of our society and we are poised to change that system,” he said.
The APC guber aspirant remarked that what had happened over the years was lip service to the welfare of youths in the state, stressing that if voted to power, he would ensure youth development and make them a part of the government.
Also speaking, the Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, disclosed that Nwoga’s declaration of Nwoga had laid to rest speculations that the APC would not feature in the 2019 gubernatorial poll in the state.He challenged other aspirants to come out and declare their intentions, saying that the national chairman has advised anybody who want to run for any position to declare.
State Party Chairman, Dr. Ben Nwoye said the narratives have changed, since according to him APC now has three aspirants for the position unlike five years back when the party shopped for the people who would fly the flag of the party in the state.