THE Action Democratic Party (ADP) governorship candidate in the coming poll in Ekiti State, Otunba Segun Adewale, said his first task if elected the next governor of the state will be to invest about $3 million to generate 10 megawatts (Off-grid) in each of the three senatorial districts in the state in partnership with private sectors.
Otunba Adewale popularly known as Aeroland made this declaration during a familiarisation tour to Omuo community in the state, assuring that he was in the best position to fix the state and bring it out of the economic doldrums it currently found itself.
The ADP governorship aspirant, who lamented that Ekiti state was one of the least viable in the country and more so in the South West region, pointed out that the state needed the urgent intervention of a visionary leader in so many areas.
He said his first point of call if elected into office to steer the state would be to concentrate on electricity and restore its constant supply to all the nooks and crannies of the state.
Adewale, who lamented the continued suffering of many communities still under total darkness in the course of his engagement with the people, said some communities in the state had been under total darkness for the past four years.
According to him, even “the only university in Ekiti where the young people of the state can develop themselves, gets electricity for only 2 hours a day,” querying, “How can our students get the best in such conditions?”
“No investor will think of Ekiti as it is presently without power supply,” he declared.
Adewale said he would partner with stakeholders and electricity providers on how to increase supply to all the communities in order to redress the poor situation, disclosing that he had already made projections on how to invest about $3million to generate 10 megawatts (Off-grid) in each of the three senatorial districts in the state in partnership with private sector.
Adewale expressed confidence that with the right investment in the power sector, the state would begin to attract investors, adding that even right now, he was already speaking with a number of potential investors who had interests in agriculture, construction and others.
The ADP chieftain further expressed confidence that from his practical experience, Ekiti State would grow economically when young people were given opportunities through entrepreneurship, saying his other plan was to train 15,000 young people yearly in different fields and support them with soft loans to set up and in turn employ other people.
“I am confident that many young people will be taken off the streets through entrepreneurship; they will be able to cater for their parents without having to wait for the government to give them one cup of rice and beans as currently being practised by the government of the day,” he said.
“Ekiti does not need a government that will treat people like they are destitute by giving them handouts and Christmas clothes but a government that will help the people achieve their God given potentials by giving them the opportunity,” he added.
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