President Goodluck Jonathan says the Federal Government embarked on improving power supply in the country to boost industrialisation and create jobs for the teeming youths of the country.
At his Presidential Campaign rally in Abia State held Thursday at the Enyimba Stadium in Aba, the commercial hub of the state, Jonathan who is the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), also promised to tackle the problem of insecurity nation-wide and erosion menace in the South East.
He told the crowd that the biggest power plant of 1,074 mega watts under the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) was sited in Aba to boost the people’s entrepreneurial skill in particular and industrialisation in the country in general.
He said Abia State was vital to the realisation of Nigeria’s 20:20:20 vision because Aba as an industrial centre would play a leading roll in realizing that vision, adding that provision of constant power would equally enhance the people’s creativity.
The President expressed hope that when the NIPP comes on stream, Nigeria would witness economic and industrial growth. “Abia has many entrepreneurs who need government to create the enabling environment for them to fly,” Jonathan said, adding “I will be happy to see that the first Nigerian aircraft is manufactured here.” He said his administration was poised to realize Nigeria’s industrial and technological growth if he wins the April polls.
He also promised that the federal government would tackle the issue of insecurity frontally to enable Nigerians to move freely while the erosion menace ravaging the South East would also be addressed.
The President commended Abia political leaders for moving Abia into the mainstream of Nigeria;s politics and assured them that they would reap bountifully from that action.
Vice President Namadi Sambo called on the people of Abia and Nigerians to vote for the President in the April polls, stressing that Jonathan was poised to transform the country. He added that the power project was aimed at maximizing the enterprising spirit and industrial potentials of Abia people and enjoined Abians to vote for them.
Acting National Chairman of PDP, Dr. Bello Mohammed, observed that President Jonathan was already implementing what he was promising Nigerians in the course of his campaigns. He said the President would do more if returned to office.
He challenged Presidential candidates of other parties to also embark on nation-wide campaigns to tell Nigerians what they have to offer. He said they should not fold their arms now only to rush to the courts after PDP would have emerged victorious at the polls in April after working hard for it.
Mohammed said though he was optimistic of PDP victory, their supporters should troop out and cast their votes.
Governor Theodore Orji, expressed gratitude to Jonathan for taking security measures that greatly assisted in flushing kidnappers out of the state and creating a new Army Brigade at Ohafia, amongst other s and assured him of the support of the people.
Chairman of Abia PDP, Senator Emma Nwaka, and other Abia political leaders including Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, Former Senate President, Chief Adolph Wabara, Senators Uchechukwumerije, Enyinnaya Abaribe, Nkechi Nwaogu and General Ike Nawachukwu, in their separate speeches, assured Jonathan of the massive support of Abians.
The rally was not without it bad side as a part of the crowd, mostly those who were at the gallery by the right hand side of the entrance to the stadium, heckled the governor when he was delivering his speech as well as any time his name was mentioned.