Benin, July 13, 2020
The Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the September 19 gubernatorial election, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu on Monday unveiled his six- point campaign agenda.
Ize-Iyamu while unveiling the agenda tagged the “Simple Agenda” said that the four cardinal programs of the then Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) in the second republic reshaped his interest in politics and the importance of manifesto for a political party and politicians.
He said that every component of the then manifesto created room for employment generation, and promised to continue with the programmes he would inherit from the current administration, if he wins the election. He noted that of particularly importance would be the Benin Water Storm project designed to check flooding in the state.
According to him, “When Chief Obafemi Awolowo in 1978 formed the Unity Party of Nigeria, even though I was quite young, I was fascinated by the manifesto of his party.
“The four cardinal programs of the UPN namely: free education, free health services, integrated rural development and employment for all. “It was very easy to understand and it was all encompassing and that manifesto alone made me to take an interest in the party and I became a member of the youth wing. “From an early age, I appreciate the role of manifestoes in party formation and to me it was key in the choice of the party to belong to.
“The water storm project cannot be abandoned, we must commend those who planned it even when four years ago I was contesting for office, I commended the foresight because I realised that flooding was becoming a major problem in our state and especially in Benin.
“There are many areas where when it rains not only are the roads impassable but the houses there are in serious danger so when the storm water was conceived and execution started, it offered a lot of hope. “If you look at Airport road and environ you will know that the storm water project has been able to bring that place back to normal”.
The candidate also gave assurance that if elected he would complete any project that his predecessor couldn’t complete.
He noted that it does not make sense to abandon projects.
He also said that on the moribund Bendel Breweries, his administration would discuss with all those involved in the matter. “It is better for the factory to be functional than for the factory to be closed”, he said.