I’ve prepared myself for governance, says Abe
Senator, who represented Rivers South East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Magnus Abe, has boasted of his wealth of experience in public service, saying it has prepared him for governance.
Abe, who spoke while being conferred with a chieftaincy title by Oroazi community in Obio/Akpor Council of the state, at the weekend, assured the people of his commitment to making the state prosperous if he becomes governor.
Abe, while appreciating the community where, according to him, he lived in for 20 years, said: “I have prepared myself for what I am asking us to do. I have a track record in public service. I have served here in Rivers State.”
The former senator stressed that he has an impeccable track record as a public servant, having served the state at different levels and in two different governments.
“I served in two different governments and I worked for two different governors, both of them are alive and they know I never took one naira that I was not given.
“Every penny that I took while in government, I was given by the person who is the governor. I never inflated any contract and I would not allow anybody to do that because those are the things that keep our communities poor. I am not doing that because I do not like money, I am doing that because I realise that when we run the government well and the people are wealthy, the state itself becomes rich,” he said.
Also, at Omagwa community in Ikwerre Council of the state, during the groundbreaking of “Project SMA,” Abe urged his supporters to gear up for the season, emphasising that the dynamics of politics had gone past the era when votes did not count.
According to him, the state is blessed with riches but needs a government that will ensure the people are prosperous, and that prosperity breeds dignity for the state.
“And when you have a leader of a rich state, you have the respect, not of your own money, but the wealth of your state. That is why the president of America is respected, not because he has more money than the president of Nigeria but because he leads a country that is wealthy and strong in its own right.
“That is what we will make Rivers State to be. The governor of River State will be respected not because he has money but because he will represent the government that is wealthy and citizens that are themselves wealthy because the government is working.”