Benin, Aug 1, 2020
Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forth coming governorship election in Edo has said that his ‘SIMPLE’ agenda was specific and realistic.
Ize-Iyamu said this on Saturday in Benin at an interactive session with the media.
He explained that the ‘SIMPLE’ agenda encapsulates the areas of focus of his administration if he wins the Sept. 19 election noting that the acronym SIMPLE stands for Security, Infrastructure Development, Manpower Development, Public/Private Partnership, Leadership by example and Employment creation.
He also said that the ‘SIMPLE” agenda which has been put into a book was also a SMART document.
“By this, I mean it is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and of course Time bound,” he said.
He explained that his agenda for the people of the state was documented and put into book form for all to see, so as to be held accountable by it if he wins the election and later derails from his promises.
According to him, a government must be accountable and transparent, and as such those who want to govern must tell Edo people in black and white what they want to do.
He added that so much could be done with a government that was focused, committed and dedicated to ensuring a better life for the people of the state.
He noted that it was not enough to start a project, adding that people must see the end.
“So we are looking at what we can achieve in four years, because a governor’s contract in office is for a period of four years”.
Ize-Iyamu disclosed that his motivation to run for the office of the governor of Edo was to make a difference.
He sued for partnership with the media for a change of the narrative.
According to him, the press should be in serious partnership with government so as to act as checks and balances on the government for the people.
Similarly, Mr Peter Esele, a chieftain of the APC and former ally of Gov Godwin Obaseki has said that there was the need for the people of the state to believe in the ‘SIMPLE’ agenda.
Esele said that this was because everything in life comes in a simple form, adding that the ‘SIMPLE’ agenda was about the simplicity that life was about.
He noted that to solve societal problems, you must come around to look at things the way they ought to be.
He added that this was because the fabric of the society was built on the simple things of life.
He urged the media to constantly hold leaders and politicians accountable for promises made and by their manifesto.