The Deputy Governor of Delta State, Kingsley Otuaro, has declared his readiness to move the the state from a consuming one to a productive economy.
The People’s Democratic Party’s frontline governorship aspirant stated this as part of his manifesto, which promises a “Better Deal” for Deltans.
Otuaro said the large landmass in the state would be put to proper use towards large scale agricultural ventures in a bid to make the state self-dependent.
The revered peace builder also expressed his desire to make the state a manufacturing hub when elected into office.
In his words;
“We need to move from a ‘𝑪𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒖𝒎𝒆𝒓 𝑺𝒕𝒂𝒕𝒆’ 𝐭𝐨 a 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 (𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐮𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠) 𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐨𝐦𝐲.
“We can’t have abundant land and mineral resources with huge agricultural and industrial potential to continue to depend on other States for basic food and household products.
“We have a proven reserve of mineral resources including industrial clay, silica, lignite, kaolin, tar sand, decorative rocks, limestone, etc. in addition to our veritable history of competitive advantage in cash crops such as oil palm, cocoa, rubber, and timber. We also have great potential in producing staple crops such as rice, maize, yam, plantain, cassava, etc.
“𝐀𝐠𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 (𝐬𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐬) 𝐭𝐨 𝐥𝐚𝐫𝐠𝐞-𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥.
“𝐕𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐦𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐳𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐤𝐞𝐲𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐱𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐳𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐠𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐯𝐚𝐥𝐮𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐢𝐧. Let’s unlock our true agricultural and industrial potentials and create wealth for our people and jobs opportunities for our over 𝟐.𝟏 𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐩𝐨𝐩𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. 𝐋𝐞𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐳𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥 𝐛𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐧.
“The mills can work again — rubber, beverages, textile, and sawmill and we would do more than oil, for 𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐛𝐨𝐫 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐨𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬/𝐣𝐨𝐛𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐮𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬.
“Farmers would rejoice because their farm produces would attract greater value from buyers with an active food processing sector. We will do more than subsistence fishing and the fisher women in the riverine would once in their lifetime enjoy dividends from commercial fishing businesses with 𝐟𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐰𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐬.”