Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming Imo guber poll, Senator Samuel Anyanwu (Samdaddy), has said if elected as governor of the State, he will create 10,000 jobs to positively engage Imo people, particularly youths, within 100 days in office as governor.

He said one of the ways to engage youths meaningfully is through agriculture: poultry, fishery, production of yam, maize, cassava, including palm and rubber plantations, among others, insisting that his administration would equip the people with seedlings and tools, give them grants to encourage them to indulge in active farming to feed properly, as well as enhance surplus food production and food security.

Anyanwu made the promise when briefing newsmen in Owerri.

He stressed that in his 100 days in office he would revamp the abandoned Adapalm Plantation, Imo Rubber Estates (situated at Obitti and Umuokpo communities), and Avutu Poultry Farm (Obowo), among other numerous neglected public farms and plantations, which he stated will generate over 10,000 jobs as well as strengthen the economy of Imo State for improved development, relaxation, and joy.

Anyanwu affirmed that he has good plans to train and equip youths and graduates on mechanized farming, which will in turn help to improve agriculture, noting that high-breed seedlings will be provided for farmers to enable them to cultivate surplus food and generate huge proceeds.

“Agriculture is going to be our priority, for we must secure our people through surplus food and food security. Agriculture is not for the elderly; youths should be encouraged to do active (mechanized) farming to become independently rich”, Anyanwu posited.

He pointed out that, as a deeply rooted grass-roots politician, the battered local government system will be redeemed so as to bring development closer to the people, make them feel a sense of belonging, and fully participate in government activities or programs.

He assured that he will invest hugely in education, health, and infrastructure to assuage difficulties, maintaining that when technical colleges are established in the three Senatorial Zones of Imo State: Orlu, Owerri, and Okigwe, to enhance technical skills among youths, the health sector and infrastructure will vehemently be put in place to boost health, the economy, and social development.

The PDP candidate appealed to the Imo electorate to vote for him to enable him to emerge as the winner in the contest and make Imo State safe again, reiterating that he has good leadership qualities, qualities he affirmed had distinguished him in the local government system, the House of Assembly, and the Senate.

He advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to redeem its dented image by not allowing some of the candidates and other politicians to use it to scuttle the will of the people in the November 11, 2023, gubernatorial election.

He also urged security agents to ensure that they secure voters during and after the election to avoid violence and killing.

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