Bishop Dr. Sunday Ndukwo Onuoha, the Abia gubernatorial candidate of African Democratic Congress(ADC) has affirmed his qualification, exposure and capacity to govern Abia state.
Bishop Onuoha stated that he is a home grown man that has been exposed internationally around the world and has the capacity to deliver as a governor in Abia state.
Bishop Onuoha gave his position on Monday while affirming his zeal of restoring Abia to a productive state through his 11 points agenda given during a media parley with members of Online Media Practitioners of Nigeria (OMPAN), Abia State chapter, in Umuahia.
Bishop Onuoha listed his mission for Abia as; Security and welfare, Digital Economy and Information Technology Transformation, Transparency and Accountability, International Relations/Development Agencies, Job Creation/ Youth and Women Empowerment, Agriculture and Rural Development, Participatory Governance, Education for Sustainable Development, Accessible Basic Health for All, Trade and Commerce, Faith Community for Development.
Bishop Onuoha said if Abians gives him their votes they will be rest assured that he is the best for the job.
On insecurity in the state, he expressed sadness on the rate of insecurity in Umunneochi, Uturu, Lokpanta and Isiukwato axis of the state.
In his words: “People are been kidnapped everyday, this is farming season, our women cannot go to farm and we are talking about food security and insecurity. When women and farmers cannot go to farm, how can we guarantee that there will be food during the next harvest season? “
Giving a hint of how he will tackle insecurity, Bishop Onuoha said locals vigilante and others living in the community is a better advantage to tackle insecurity.
“I know what it takes and how it will be done. I will use the traditional rulers, the church, community leaders and hunters to tackle insecurity. A visitor cannot give you effective security”. Bishop Onuoha added.
Answering the question of how a clergy will be involved in politics, Bishop Onuoha said he was inspired by late Bishop Desmond Tutu who was a member of ANC in South Africa.
He said in the words of Late Desmond Tutu; “I am a member of ANC, we fight for the liberation of our people, unless men of characters, unless the clergy, the church get involved in partisan politics in Africa, very soon you be ruled by idiots”.
“I want to see governance as a calling to bring hope to the hopeless people. I see it as an extension of my calling.
“When I become governor, I will carry out my activities with the fear of God”. Bishop Onuoha assured.
On infrastructural development and harnessing of talents, Bishop Onuoha lamented the abandonment of Nsulu games village which he said is supposed to be a center of attraction, citing that Nsulu games village can employ over 3,000 people.
“When Nsulu games village is developed, we will nurture all the talents in Abia. We are not nursing it, we are not nurturing it. Nsulu games village should be our Mecca and Jerusalem.” Bishop Onuoha lamented.
He also lamented the state of Aba, the commercial hub of Abia. He promised a desired change to boost production, economically and infrastructurally to capture investors interest.
In creating internally generated revenue, Bishop Onuoha cited the possibility of making some agro sections of the state viable.
“The money coming from Abuja is not enough to run the society, there must be locally grown economy beyond federation account. What is wrong in developing cocoa in Bende that you can grow and do export with? The cashew nut around isiukwato area, why can’t we develop it? We are talking about farm produce in Ikwuano area, why can’t we develop it? The palm plantation at Ohuhun is gone. You can create business through farm produce.” Bishop Onuoha said.
Bishop Dr. Sunday Ndukwo Onuoha is the Founder and President of Vision Africa Radio. He is a clergy of the Methodist church who has served for 40 years and has also served as special assistant to former president Olusegun Obasanjo.