Lokoja - Sen. Nicholas Ugbane, former
Chairman, Senate Committees on Power, and INEC, on Thursday, declared his
intention to contest the Kogi governorship seat on the platform of All
Progressives Congress (APC).
Ugbane, who made the declaration at the party’s secretariat
in Lokoja, said his ambition was premised on the desire to turn around the
fortunes of the State.
He promised to focus on education, agriculture and
industrialisation, among others, if given the mandate to govern the state.
“The population of Kogi is about 1.3 million and I have
carefully articulated the problems of the state. I promise to deliver quality
"This will be for the socio-economic advancement of the
state’’, he said.
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Ugbane also pledged to resuscitate the ailing Ajaokuta Steel
Company Limited (ASCL), by ensuring its completion and operation to provide
jobs for the teeming unemployed youths in the state.
“I will make sure that ASCL and the National Iron-Ore Mining
Company (NIOMCO) come on line to provide jobs for our teeming youths. All it
takes is the political will.”
Ugbane also promised to address the infrastructure decay and
suffering of the people.
He later presented manifesto tagged: Key Gubernatorial
Specifics” to the Chairman of the party in the state, Mr Haddy Ametuo.
He said if elected, his government would ensure prompt
payment of salaries to civil servants and teachers and focus on agriculture
through conscious move towards agro-industrial development.
Ugbane, who said he had garnered enough experience to govern
the state said, added that Kogi has no business being poor, adding that he
would harness its potentials for meaningful development.
“The National Assembly is the university for politicians and
having been there for eight solid years, I am in the best position to deliver
democracy benefits to the people.”
Responding, Ametuo said the state was the least developed in
the country and had been in retrogression since 2,000.
He, however, expressed the hope that the next governor which
the party would hopefully produce would ensure growth and development of the
Ametuo said all aspirants would be given equal opportunity
to test their popularity adding that there would be no anointed candidate in
the party’s primary.