The All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom State, Umana Umana, has stated that his administration will, through various incentives, support the establishment of 10,000 new businesses in the state in his first year in office.
“Whatever business idea you have, whether it is distributive trade, agriculture and agribusiness, manufacturing or service, my administration will provide financial support and other incentives so that in my first year in office, our people can generate up to 10,000 start-up enterprises,” Mr. Umana told a large gathering of supporters at Oko Ita, headquarters of Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area on Saturday.
“These ventures will help us tackle unemployment, create wealth and reduce poverty”, he added.
Mr. Umana’s pledge was endorsed by an Akwa Ibom businessman, Ime Umana, who announced at the rally that it was the military government of U. J. Esuene that gave him a grant of N6,000 in the early 1970s to start his business.
“That is what a responsible government is supposed to do: support private people to create enterprises and generate jobs and wealth,” the businessman said.
On health care, the APC governorship candidate stated that his administration would build one general hospital in each local government so as to improve the quality of health services.
He said most local governments in the state do not have general hospitals while Uyo, the state capital, has only the Anua Hospital which was built in the 1940s by Catholic missionaries.
On education, Mr. Umana reiterated his earlier promise to increase students’ bursary from N5,000 to N50,000 and award scholarship to Akwa Ibom students who have first-class degrees to study in Ivy League universities abroad.
The APC governorship candidate asked voters not to sell their Permanent Voters’ Cards, PVCs, or give them to people for photocopying.
“Anybody who asks you to sell your PVC or submit it for photocopying is a criminal who wants to perpetrate electoral fraud,” he said.