Democracy speech: Our target to create jobs for youths, tackle poverty says Gov Otti


…Eulogises MKO Abiola, Rewane, others



Abia State Governor, Dr Alex Otti has said that the target of his government is to create millions of new jobs for young people, support local entrepreneurs to dream bigger, and ultimately tackle the menace of poverty.

Governor Otti revealed this during his broadcast to mark the Democracy Day Celebration in Abia State on June 12, 2024.

According to the speech simply titled, ‘Empowered’, the Governor said that the June 12, 1993 election and the widespread anger that greeted its bizarre annulment lends further credence to the historical truth that democracy is the only form of government that shall be acceptable to all Nigerians.

“More importantly, we are reminded by what happened in the months and years that followed that Nigerians would stop at nothing to get what they want, however long it may take.

  • Today’s event teaches us in a very unique way that democracy, in form and essence, is a trans-generational journey, a torch that one generation passes on to the next to continue a race that is intrinsically connected to its overall destiny.”

Governor Otti noted that leaders like Chief M. K. O Abiola, GCFR, his dear wife Kudirat, Pa Alfred Rewane, and several other notable and unsung heroes of the democratic struggle offered so much in sacrifice to the campaign for the simple reason that they believed in the promise of democracy.

“They agreed, just like the majority of us today, that it is the most suitable mechanism for harnessing the rich human and material resources of the land for the benefit of present and future generations.”

On his plan to make Abia a model of attraction, Otti said, “We will make Abia a prime destination for all who seek superior rewards for every legitimate investment in efforts and resources.

“Wherever you are, whatever you do, the Government will do its part by providing you with the right support to soar higher. For us in the Labour Party, our conviction is that democracy thrives best in the prosperity, and welfare of the common man.

“The last 25 years have been very challenging and many are understandably losing faith in the promises of democracy. We must never deny the sufferings of our compatriots because everyone is important, and every pain matters.

“As a Government, we shall continue to do the best we can, within the limits of available resources, to cater to everyone by providing the right structures to support the labour of the general population, without ignoring the material needs of those who for one reason or the other, are unable to fend for themselves. “We shall not reach the mark in one day but we will commit every waking hour to the task of meeting the aspirations we share as a democratic society.

“I, therefore, encourage you umu nne m, not to despair. We have embarked on a journey of self-discovery and as our parents who walked this path before us knew, the glory is in the consistency and the daily progress we make as we march collectively into the Promised Land, supporting the weak, and leaving no one behind.

“Our dear State, Abia, will be great in our lifetime. It is a dream we are entirely committed to achieving. As citizens, we have been empowered to be central to the development process through constructive engagements with the authorities, fulfilling our obligations as citizens, and cooperating with the security agencies to make our State a crime-free society.

Speaking further, he assured, “Our victory in 2023 was not essentially about any particular individual. It is about Ndi Abia, the men and women who never lost faith in democracy, who never stopped believing and stood their ground until victory was achieved. Today we celebrate the tenacity of our people and their enduring belief in the superior proposition of democracy.

“Because we believe, Abia has become a model democratic society where the leadership is absolutely accountable to the people, not to a tiny cabal of godfathers. Great things are happening and millions of Abians at home and in the Diaspora are genuinely proud of the transformation that has taken place over the past 12 months.

” Whether it is the reconstruction of long-abandoned roads in different parts of the State, the rapid push to rid the city centers of mountains of refuse and make our urban centers more habitable, the efforts to reclaim several communities from the hold of criminals, and the return to regular payment of salaries and pensions, none of it could have happened outside the wheels of the democratic process,” he declared.

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