Enugu APGA guber candidate meets Nsukka professionals, decries trust deficit in governance
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) governorship candidate in Enugu State, Mr. Frank Nweke (Jnr), at the weekend, decried the lack of trust in government and expressed disappointment with the failure of the state government to inspire the citizenry in different aspects of governance.
The former Information and Communication Minister, who spoke during a consultative meeting with members of Nsukka Professionals Association (NPA), at the Best Western Hotel, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos, noted that non-industrialisation has kept Enugu as a civil service state.
He told the non-partisan elite group, made up of Nsukka indigenes in Enugu, that the meeting, which was scheduled at his instance, was an opportunity to discuss his development agenda for Enugu as a potential governor of the state with a view to getting their support towards winning the election.
In his speech, which lasted over one hour, Nweke began by decrying the current lack of trust inherent in government. He expressed disappointment in the way and manner the leadership of Enugu has failed to inspire the citizenry in different aspects of governance, particularly non-industrialisation, which has kept Enugu as a civil service state.
The governorship hopeful noted that rather than develop, the state has steadily slipped into retrogression in many fronts, notably in infrastructure, education, service delivery, security and others while the level of corruption has escalated rather than abate.
Making references to developmental feats of a one-time South East regional leader, late Dr. Michael Okpara, the former minister expressed dismay that none of the recent and current leaders of the state has been able to replicate the same level of developmental efforts like Okpara.
The APGA candidate explained that his decision to run for governor was prompted by the urge to bring back lost glory of the state in many ways, ranging from qualitative education for the youths, road infrastructure, attraction of investors, provision of safe and secure environment, agriculture, industrialisation and many other things.
Nweke noted that he would leverage on his national and international exposure as a former minister and other global standard competencies on his side to create the much needed investment opportunities and employment for citizens of the state as a way of reducing crime.