OWERRI (Sundiata Post) – Frontline governorship aspirant in Imo State, Sir Stanley Amuchie, has said if elected governor of the state in 2019, he would focus on three key areas namely industrialisation, agriculture and healthcare.
He also identified education as another sector that would receive priority attention if given the mandate.
Sir Stanley, a member of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), was speaking on Friday at a ‘Face2Face’ parley organised in Owerri, the Imo State capital, by the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ).
He said if elected governor, his administration would how Revive the economy of Imo State and take it to greater heights.
He stated that the song about Imo State is no longer good to the ears, adding that “Imo State was leading in education, industrialisation and cleanliness” but that the reverse has been the case for some years now.
According to him, we can’t be folding our hands and watch while lamenting about bad leadership. “I have the genuine urge to lead Imo State because I have something to contribute”, he declared.
“We are in critical condition as a state and we need a person with good understanding of financial management at this critical time. People ask me why leaving a good job for a risky and unpredictable venture. To this my answer is simple: to salvage of Imo State.
“We need to create small businesses to train our young people so that on graduation they will be gainfully engaged. We will create the enabling environmental for the private sector to establish industries.
“We will create a good environment so that those with good ideas will thrive in their businesses.
“We will provide good security system in the state where people will be comfortable to do their businesses”, he told the correspondents.
Sir Stanley noted that Imo State currently has the least in terms of IGR (Internally Generated Revenue) in the South East which, he said is only a recent development. He said that with his wealth of experience the situation would be reversed, adding that it would no longer be business as usual.
He gave a glimpse of his career trajectory, which commenced in 1995 at Arthur Anderson (now KPMG Professional Services) after graduating from the University of Benin with First Class in Industrial Chemistry. It was at Arthur Anderson that he delved into accounting and later moved to Zenith Bank Group in 2000 where he rose through the ranks to become the head of Chief Financial Officer.
He has been in community service, and not too long ago, his effort was rewarded when he bagged the Imo State Man of the Year Award conferred on him by ISTDAL (Imo State Towns Development Association), Lagos.
He said he founded the Good Light Foundation which has brought smiles on the faces of many.
He added that the foundation pays school fees and hospital bills for indigent people and has helped to establish businesses for many.
In the area of security he said the foundation rebuilt and equipped the Uvuru Police Station, which has led to it being upgraded to an area command. He noted that the Area Command is now the best in Imo State in terms of equipment and amenities it has as a result of the reconstruction undertaken by Good Light Foundation.
He further said he has helped about 300 persons to secure jobs across board, adding that he would do more if given the opportunity to become governor of Imo State next year.