A patriotic son of Urueffong Oruko Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom State, and an aspirant in the forthcoming chairmanship election, Mr. John Isangedighi has observed that nothing significant has been done in the area in the last 20 years.
Isangedighi relayed his observation to the Conference of Online Publishers in Akwa Ibom State (COOPA), in his office on Thursday, August 6, during the flag-off of their Grassroot Leadership Chat Series which started the same day.
The aspirant who promised to change the Local Government’s story indicated interest in human capital development and meaningful skill acquisition for all age groups.
“For about 20 years, I’ve not seen any significant development in Urue Offong LGA. So I feel I can contribute my quota if elected as Council Chairman. Human Capital development is one key area of interest that has been lacking, I intend to introduce a blueprint that will take care of that…I have an agenda that will cut across the youths, women and the aged. I intend to introduce a programme called Strategic Human Capital Development, if elected Chairman of Urue Offong LGA”, he said.
Speaking further on his mandate, the hopeful aspirant promised better days in the health sector of the area.
“We intend to improve on the quality of health care delivery in Urue Offong Oruko LGA. One of the programmes is to improve on the existing facilities and employ the right personnel”, he stated.
Frowning at the irrelevance of some courses studied in higher institutions to real-life challenges, he assured that intending undergraduates would be encouraged to go for value-added courses, while assuring of an improved education sector under his administration.
“We will encourage and guide the youths to study those courses that are valuable in today’s society. For those who were not able to go to higher institutions, we will encourage them through meaningful skills acquisition and equally equip them with accessories that will make them go into full practice.”
“I’ve had the privilege of providing scholarships to Urue Offong Oruko people. I’ve assisted people in skill acquisition and other training. In my own private capacity, I have touched the lives of people. If I become the Council Chairman, I’ll do more”, he pledged.
Isangedighi who reeled out improvement packages he has in store for his people also promised an all-inclusive government under him.
“I will be a team leader. We will bring in people that have competitive advantage to join us in moving Urue Offong Oruko LGA forward. In Social Services, I will ensure that a full-blown social reform system is carried out, so that the less privileged can benefit from it. Part of my programmes will be to provide basic infrastructure and amenities. We will partner with the State Government in grading of roads and creation of other network of roads, to enhance movement of vehicles across the LGA”, he expressed.
The Chairmanship aspirant who is a relative of the Senator representing Eket district, Akon Eyakenyi, told COOPA that he was optimistic of his victory at the poll, not because of his relationship with her but as a result of the zoning arrangement in the area which favoured him, and his healthy interpersonal relationship with his people.
“I am favoured by zoning, if it were not so, I wouldn’t have come out to vie for the Chairman of Urue Offong Oruko LGA…I’ve interacted with my people and they know how to assess me, my pedigree and capacity, things I have done in the past and not because I am related to Senator Akon Eyakenyi.”
He called on people of the area to support his bid and form a united force to enable them combat their challenges.
“One of the challenges confronting oil producing areas is that we’ve not benefited from the resources emanating from our areas. What we must do is to engage relevant stakeholders in dialogues, so as to find lasting solutions to these pressing issues”, Isangidighi mentioned.
The COOPA Grassroot Leadership chat which is a series of conversations with Chairmanship and Legislative Office hopefuls interested in contesting for positions in the next local government elections continues and will engage the aspirants on all social media handles, with feedback mechanisms from citizens.