April 19, 2024

Nigeria Will Be Rich From Gas Deposits In Edo, Says Tinubu

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By Simeon OSAJIE

The presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has guaranteed the good people of Edo State that he will make money for Nigeria and create wealth for the people of the state by safeguarding the development of the gas deposits in the state.

Speaking on Sunday 29, 2023 at the town hall meeting in Benin City, Edo State capital to APC stakeholders and different trade groups and civil society organisations Bola Tinubu said under his leadership Nigeria will channel gas to Europe and compete with Russia.

He urged the people of the State to take back their state from Peoples Democratic Party by forging unity of purpose.

He promised to be a listening president the people of Edo State can rely on.

According to Tinubu, “Edo, take your state back. First of all let us forge unity. Let’s find the way where they say there is no way.

“We must rescue Edo State. I am ready to work with you. Take lamp,  go from house to house. Don’t get angry. Anger does not solve problems. Disappointment is an energizer for me. If you disappoint me, I will work harder. You betray me, I don’t get angry, I ignore you. 

“The reason is because you are not my God and you are not my creator. My mother taught me if you are sad, I will share your sorrow with you, if you are happy I will rejoice with you. If you are poor I will share the little I have with you”.

The APC presidential candidate charged the Edo State people not to vote for PDP and Atiku Abubakar because the opposition party is not organised and can’t solve problems of the country.

“You see  PDP. They are scattered, they don’t know the road. Atiku does not know how to lie again except falsifying lie upon lie. Atiku cannot hold serious job for Nigeria. When they were privatising Aluminium Smelter Company at Ikot Abasi and privatising NITEL,  I was negotiating Free Trade Zone in China. I negotiated Lekki Deep Seaport in Singapore and it is Deepest Sea Port now in West Africa.  Edo people are extremely smart. You can do the job.

“Count on me at the federal level. I will be your listening President. Vote for me. Prosperity is here. When you put down ballot paper in the box say it is for creating job. I will create jobs for you because you are not lazy,” he said.

On constant criticism of the Buhari-led APC administration by PDP, the APC presidential candidate said the opposition party should be ignored.

“People who can’t give power to Nigeria say they want to come back. In only 8 years, APC put rail back. We are putting Refineries back and we will produce for you. They can abuse Buhari from morning till night,  he does not hear their abuse. Abuse him, rail he provided, second Niger Bridge he provided, Lagos-Ibadan expressway he provided. Benin-Ore Port will be done so that you don’t need to come to Lagos to clear your goods.

“Nigeria will make money because Edo has largest deposit of gas. We will make money for Nigeria. There will be long term money for long term projects. We will develop our gas and ship it to Europe and compete with Russia. I am one of the smartest assets of Nigeria.”

Speaking further from his prepared speech at the town hall meeting, the former Lagos State Governor said his administration will grow the nation’s industrial base to provide decent jobs and improve the wages of Nigerians.

“We must now begin to make use of all our nation’s endowments. Greater industrialization is a vital aspect of this. Through the production of more and better goods we shall improve our standard of living, provide workers with a living wage and establish businesses that will drive our national economy for generations.”

According to Tinubu, massive industrialization across the country will cause economic prosperity to spread across the length and breadth of this country.

“Our industrial plan shall encourage the establishment of new manufacturing concerns across the country. We see a future in which Nigeria is known as a nation that produces high quality goods worthy of export to anywhere in the world.”

Earlier in his visit to the Oba of Benin Kingdom, Oba Weuare II in Benin City, the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu said he prevailed on the presidency to extend the deadline for the use of old naira notes.

According to Tinubu, “We have been on this for three days. And, suddenly, in the afternoon, out of great respect, the presidency considered our request for extension. I was running back and forth calling him.  So, that’s what we have been doing. Luckily, even though we didn’t get everything we wanted, we got an extension for a number of days.”

Tinubu echoed his commitment to bringing education reforms and jobs to Nigerians if elected.

Speaking on the Benin Royal Museum, Tinubu promised to support the Benin Monarch in bringing the museum to fruition.

Responding, Oba Ewuare ll thanked the former Lagos State governor, the presidency and the Edo State Government for their respective commitments and supports toward the success and construction of the Benin Royal Museum that will accommodate artifacts.

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