Former Nigerian envoy to the Scandinavian region and the People’s Democracy Party, PDP aspirant, Ambassador Godknows Igali has promised to prioritise human capacity development if elected governor of Bayelsa State.
Ambassador Igali made the pledge on Friday, at a briefing to unveil his manifesto at his campaign office in Yenagoa, the state capital, ahead of the November 16 election.
He said he took interest to contest in the election because he wants to transform the state and better the lives of the people with the experience he gathered as a public servant across the globe.
“I want to carry out projects that will bring about changes in the state. My exposure to the international system as a diplomat in some developed and underdeveloped countries like Cameroon but improving the welfare of their people,’’ Ambassador Igali stated.
He went further to identify various areas he would focus on if elected.
“My government will focus on human development which will involve education. The world is now knowledge base, knowledge driven, so we must tune our people to be part of it in the world. Our education sector such as primary and secondary level must be free, there must be compulsory education. At the secondary level every child should have access to a laptop and I have spoken to some laptop producers already. At the university level, every Bayelsa indigene will be entitle to a bursary. The school children will be given meal twice a day. A lot of children are not studying well and not passing examination because they don’t eat good food before going to school. I have looked at the survey from Unicef, Children from Bayelsa State have been rated higher with serious under nutrition in Nigeria,’’ he explained.
Scholarship on Science field
Ambassador Igali stressed that his administration if elected would offer full scholarship to girls who are in the sciences fields.
He stated;“Scholarship will be given to girls who are studying engineering, medical sciences and technical disciplines…The reason is that girls population are been sub-change, they have not been included. We will have a programme to encourage girls studying sciences and it will be special scholarship. We will make sure our schools are the best in Nigeria.
“We will have robust programmes for teachers which will involve training and retraining. Our teachers will be very well paid, those teachers in the rural areas will be paid higher than those working in the private sectors.”
He stated that health care services would be easily accessed for every Bayelsa State indigene.
“We will make sure that health care is accessible and affordable for everybody. We will cover everybody on health insurance, already this present government has done fanatically well in this area by creating a health insurance programme. The health insurance will cover civil servants including the market women. Aged people from 65 years and above, those with HIV and other special diseases will have free medical treatment,’’ Ambassador Igali said.
According to him,“there will be housing programmes which will involve building of various houses in different towns in the state. We will encourage people to key in into the mortgage scheme, by given instalment payment, so that they can own their homes before retirement age.’’
Ambassador Igali said that his government would promote the agriculture sector by focusing on the various potential crop and tackle security problem in Bayelsa State through partnership with community leaders.
He also stated that his administration would establish businesses for young people who are business oriented.
Ambassador Igali commended the present government of Seriake Dickson on its transformation programmes, promising that he would continue from where he stopped when elected.
He purchased his nomination form for the Bayelsa State governorship race with 21 million Naira and his political team is known as Project Bayelsa.