By Our Reporter
Chairman house of representatives committee on Power and governorship hopeful in the 2023 general election, Hon. Daniel Asuquo has promised to revamp the state economic fortunes if elected governor.
Hon. Asuquo who currently represents Akamkpa/Biase federal constituency in the house of representatives said this while interacting with journalists in Calabar, the state capital.
According to the lawmaker “ I am coming to partner with Cross Riverians to harvest what we have sown overtime. Together, we will leverage on the gains of Donald Duke, Liyel Imoke, and Ben Ayade to take the state to greater heights. I believe that one of the problems we have today is that government has been too far from the people. But to be honest, the current government of Ben Ayade has done it’s bit, they have done well in some areas and we must accept that fact.
Today I decided that we should interact as citizens of the state. Talk about the problems of the state so we can find the solutions together.
According to the lawmaker, politics was not one of his plans while growing up, he however said, when destiny called, he had to respond to serve his people.
“Politics was not my career in the first place, I started out hoping to be a doctor, banker or something else.
“I went about as a business man, doing my business. I have a large cocoa farm and I was very contented with that because I grew up seeing my mother trading, so I decided to go into cocoa trading. Today I am glad to say that we own one of the biggest cocoa farms in the whole of west Africa.
Service of politics came early in my days as chairman, the report card is there for all to see. Coming to the national assembly, I believe also that the records are there to see.
As the first DG of the state electrification agency my records are there also to show. I developed the blue print of the agency that others are still using till today. The first power grid that went up the ranch was done by us.
Hon. Asuquo who also spoke on the financial position of the state said
“The state right now is bankrupt, and if one were to pay every gratuity, salaries and pension as and when due, the state will be left with nothing to run the government. So we must partner with the people to build a new consciousness of trust, patience and confidence.
“So when we get into power we will have a saot of time talking with the people, having town hall meetings and all of that. Because at this time, we understand that Cross Riverians are very impatient because of the lot of time spent so far. We hope to have atleast a processing hub in every senatorial district of the state.
The lawmaker highlighted education as one of his core points, saying he will digitalize the entire education system in the state, with special attention on technical education.