By Amuda Dan Sulaiman Fab
The Governorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Hon. Hassan Baiwa, has promised Kogites to expect nothing short of a new deal under the his party and administration if elected governor come November 11, 2023.
Baiwa stated this in AKK Hotel, Lokoja on Tuesday during an interview with select journalists in a bid to let Kogites know that it was time to allow a fresh party lead them out from where they are to where they ought to be
He said he plans to do things uniquely and in a more creative way to put Kogi State on the path of sustainable development.
Baiwa who lamented the present state of affairs in Kogi, noted that he has done some things for the state as a private citizen and former House of Assembly member, he would do more if elected governor.
He said that attraction of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) would be one of the cardinal point of his government when elected adding that tax freedom and the right laws would be used to attract the FDI into the state.
His words : “We are talking of direct foreign investment because the truth is this, any state, Kogi especially, that is wallowing in a very pungent level of debt, that thinks to survive on the money from the center, is simply not ready to grow.
“The only way you can actually do the things we claim we can do is by bringing direct foreign investment into the state.
“It’s not a rocket science. Direct foreign investment comes on two legs: the goodwill of whoever is in the position to attract the FDI and the comfort that you give to the investors that their investments are safe.
“The comfort can be subdivided into other areas: laws are the first point. When you make the appropriate legislation that gives them the confidence that any other government after you will.
“For instance, not sit on their resources and waste all the time they have spent in trying to make sure that some things happen within that time. That’s just one aspect of what legislation can do.
“Also, the enabling environment within the environment that guarantees their physical and personal safety, both to themselves as well as to their physical infrastructure.
“These two things, we will carry them on our shoulders. Anybody who really has the state at heart can find things.
“Let me tell you, there is no local government around the 21Council areas of the state that does not have sufficient raw material to set up an industrial hub of an international standard which will create jobs, better our economy, accentuate our position on that radar of visibility,” he stated.
The NNPP governorship Flag-bearer in Kogi said having served as Assembly member he would bring his wealth of experience to bear in moving the state forward.
“Kogi deserves better than what we have. We have been served the very bad end of the stick for too long,” he said.