The ongoing conversation in my understanding is going like this …
What’s your manifesto for Cross Riverians?
Ans: It’s our turn to produce the governor of Cross River State for equity and fairness.
Cross River is one of the most indebted States in the country, give us a clear plan on how you intend to manage these debts differently and the steps you have already taken to that effect, if any.
Ans: It’s our turn, it doesn’t matter how much our State owes, when we take our turn, we will deal with that debt.
How will you solve the challenges in the educational sector, because it is very peculiar that in 2021, students in primary six and JSS 3, in our State missed crucial external exams because of the government’s dereliction of duty. They were just front-loaded to their next levels. There are several other issues plaguing that sector; what plans do you have to leap frog that sector in sync with a rapidly progressing world?
Ans: It’s our turn. Don’t worry. Cross Riverians have to respect the accord that has bonded us together and support equity at all times.
How will you deal with communal wars plaguing almost every LGA in our State?
Ans: It’s the turn of our zone to produce the governor so that there will be peace all over the State. That is what has been able to maintain the peace in our State for all these years and we must not disrupt that peace.
How will you solve the problem of water supply because before Governor Ayade, Cross River was a shining example of urban water reticulation, but at the moment, our taps are either dry or dispensing “brown water” even when we all know water is colorless. Do you have any plan to solve this problem and if you do, tell us?
Ans: It’s our turn, Let our zone just produce the governor in 2023 for equity sake and water will flow everywhere. Even the governor has said clearly that he is supporting our zone.
How will you deal with the very serious issues around rising drug peddling and gangsterism among Cross River youths, which has permeated all the LGAs and is enjoying the support of several top actors in government?
Ans: It’s our turn, we know all these guys who commit these atrocities. We will deal with them when our zone takes power. That is why we all have to support equity and fairness and ensure that power returns to our zone.
How will you solve the problem of youth unemployment considering its bearing on insecurity?
Ans: It’s our turn to solve that problem. Jobs are not a difficult thing to create. We have been in the system and we understand how it works. Donald has been governor from South, Imoke has been governor from Central and Ayade has been governor from the North. It is now the turn of the South to take back power based on the agreement we have. Once that is done, jobs will be created.
The world is shifting into the fourth industrial revolution with AR and VR and AI. What are your workable plans to integrate all these realities into creating a new world for the younger generation in our State?
Ans: It’s our turn. The younger generation will have plenty of things to be thankful for, including all those ones you have mentioned, when our zone gets to power.
That’s exactly how the conversation is going. Purely empty and evasive. Lacking content. The only other counter is the position of the anti-zoning aspirants who also haven’t been able to aggregate their thematic plans for us.
Dear VOTER, as you deliberately go and register to get your voters card in the ongoing voter registration, remember also that – it is not a leader from your zone or community that will bring you development, it is a good leader that will.
Citizen Agba Jalingo, Publisher of CrossRiverWatch and a rights activist, is a Cross Riverian and writes in from Lagos.
NB: Opinions expressed in this article are strictly attributable to the author, Agba Jalingo and do not represent the opinion of CrossRiverWatch or any other organization the author works for/with.
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