Guber race: How I’ll repay Ekiti’s debt if elected – Coker

All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, Hon Muyiwa Coker, has said he is eyeing the governorship to better the lot of Ekiti people.

Coker said his coming into politics “is to harness the vast resources scattered all over Ekiti for the benefit of our people. As far back as 2015, I made up my mind to do all I can to help the party and the state. I have been in the fore front of covering the nakedness of the party at a time no one was there for the party in the state. It is now time to move the state forward”.

The Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and stock market trader, who spoke while rounding off his meting tour of the 16 local government areas of the state, said he would provide the missing link in governance and set the state free from the huge debt burden plaguing it.

He said: “We only need to think out of the box. We need leaders who have the knowledge of managing resources. That is what I am bringing into government. I am an accountant and a trained stock exchange trader. I work with Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun as a Special Assistant. I have been part of the team making things happen in Ogun State.

“I have a template I developed that is already working in Ogun. We only need to replicate it here in Ekiti. Take for instance the huge debt of Ekiti, we can spread it. We can restructure the money. As a trained stock exchange trader, there are lots of instruments that we can play with to offset our debt that will benefit the state on the long run. There is need to restructure the finances of the state for it to become attractive to investors. It is my field, I know what to do and I am requesting for the necessary support to get there”.

The governorship hopeful said he was in contact with some partners working with the United Nations on the establishment of an integrated agricultural initiative specially tailored for Ekiti.

“We plan to establish mechanized farms which would process farm produce for consumption by our people and create employment and wealth.

“We hope to provide jobs for at least 25,000 youths immediately the project kicks off. We need 200,000 hectares of land from each of the 16 LGAs for this project”, he said.

According to him, his government hopes to revive the educational sector of Ekiti State with massive investments from partners in the United Nations already on ground in Nigeria and working in Ogun State”.

On infrastructural development, Coker said: “We need to think of how to make things better in Ekiti and there are towns and villages in the state that I know when I was a little boy that are still the same way they were 40 years ago. We need to think of how we can make money for Ekiti without depending on allocation from the Federal Government.

“There are lots of resources in Ekiti that can spin lots of money for the general well-being of the people. All we need to do is work together with one mind.  The time to work is now. We need to use our votes to change the way things are in Ekiti. Politicians will come with money to induce you. You must always remember the future our state and of your children.  Use your votes and use them right, vote for credible candidates,” he said.

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