MY GOVERNORSHIP ASPIRATION IS DIVINE - Moses Siloko Siasia
His Excellency, the governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Movement in Bayelsa state made this statement during an interview with Rythm 94.7 in Yenagoa, yesterday 31/10/2015.
This was how it went.
MAY WE KNOW YOU?
I am Moses Siloko Siasia, the standard flag bearer of People's Democratic Movement (PDM)
WHY ARE YOU IN THE RACE?
I am a young enterprising man who is moved by the pains I behold in the eyes of Bayelsans. There is the need to create massive employment and make education attractive in Bayelsa state. It is no news that I am the underdog in this race, as the political Goliaths have been tested, Bayelsan's should ponder if they are trusted.
HOW WOULD YOU ACTUALIZE YOUR PLANS?
My aspiration is divine, and I have a spunk conviction that I will be sworn in on February 14, 2016 which is a very significant day for the youths.
I will actualize my plans with proper strategizing and by diversifying our economy, from our over dependence on the federal allocation, to tourism as well as investing in our agricultural sector and human capacity development.
On the issue of dwindling resources, our government will take responsibilities. We will run a responsible government, I am a responsible man, and I have ran my Company responsibly for the few years I have been the Chairman.
Bayelsa state is endowed with a lot of resources, There is need for Bayelsa to transform these crude resources into modern realities for Bayelsan's. Bayelsa state has a good vegetation for plantain farming, why have our subsequent government failed to invest in this sector? We can become a major plantain exporter in Africa not just in Nigeria, this will further create jobs and employment for our people. We can produce plantain chips, and become a major exporter of plantain chips.
We can equally export rice and turn Peremabiri in Southern Ijaw Local Government rice farm to export destination.
In Bayelsa state, we produce palm oil more than Malaysia annually. We can become a major exporter of palm oil and engage our people in mass production.
There is the need to equip our farmers. If voted in as Governor of Bayelsa state, Bayelsa Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) is currently not up to N1billion because it is solely dependent on tax, consequently it has made the business environment not to be conducive for our people. The highest IGR the Bayelsa State Government has produced is N856million in 2013. If voted in as Governor, I will raise our IGR to N5Billion in just four (4) years. We are young professionals, do not doubt us, we will do it.
BAYELSANS ARE USED TO THE UMBRELLA AND BROOM BECAUSE THEY ARE HOUSEHOLD NAMES, THEY WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE SYMBOL OF YOUR PARTY
Ok, we are not intimidated in any way by the names of the other parties, we do not tremble in anyway by them, because the PDM is the founder of both parties. Do you know that the PDP we have today emanated from PDM my party, and the APC members today were one time members of the PDP. It is God that gives power not man. The race to creek heaven is designed by God.
Bayelsa state is responsible for 70-75% of Nigeria's gas reserve and we are still living in this deplorable state, is the more reason the people should look out for the party with the "TORCH LOGO," that's the symbol of our party.
DO YOU THINK YOU WILL BE ABLE TO PULL THROUGH THIS RACE?
Only God gives power. In Britain, a 20 years old girl (Mhairi Black) unseated a two time parliamentarian is the British parliament member of recent. I'm sorry to say this but in Bayelsa state, people are morally demoralized. People are of the opinion that the election will be rigged because they have been used to political imposition. Now the thing is, it is we the masses that will rig the election for the powers that be. Bayelsan's need to secure their votes. They need to make sure they do not leave their polling units till their vote is counted. Look at what happened in Plateau state for instance, Plateau is a case study of how people came out and secured their votes against the ruling party.
I would want to assure Bayelsan's that this election and that of Kogi is the litmus paper test for His Excellency President Buhari, to know if he is a man of integrity and that the international communities are watching, the President of the United State of America is aware that I am contesting an election in Bayelsa, the Queen of United Kingdom is aware, and we will do everything humanly possible that this election will be free and fair. In short, for the purpose of removing doubts from people's mind, we will be using drones in this election, and it will be televised live, we are deploying eighty (80) drones for this purpose. I believe it is not by the making of man, it is God that gives power and I see no reason why I should be afraid. If not for God, President Buhari would not have emerged winner of last election as the PDP had all the ammunitions. So, I put my trust in God and not man.
YOU'VE ALWAYS TALKED ABOUT THE YOUTHS AND IT SEEMS YOUR CAMPAIGN IS CENTERED AROUND THE YOUTHS, WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR WOMEN AND THE ELDERLY?
The youth is a period of activity, so when we talk about youths it comprises of this stage in one's life when he/she is full of activities. I am a man who is gender friendly, I believe the women in Bayelsa state constitutes an untapped resources. Go to my company MOSILO GROUP, 60% of my workforce are women. I have been pressurized to field a man as my deputy, but I discarded such. My government will give the women 40% affirmative.
The elders will benefit also, we are not saying they do not have a place in our administration, what we are saying is mama, papa, our time has come. There is need to liberate the young in the state. A progeny at the age of 30 is still living in his father's house in Bayelsa and its a problem without the government realizing it.
We will provide free medical health care for 70 years old and above. Also, we will provide social and economic care for our elders. We will take care of pensioners as well.
Now, there have been rise in crime rates of recent, by creating jobs, we intend to reduce crime to its barest minimum in the state. We will have a training program for our ex freedom fighters, trained ex freedom fighters would be looked into and included into our programs including those who are not trained.
THERE ARE SO MANY ABANDONED PROJECTS LITTERED ALL OVER THE STATE, 500 BED HOSPITALS, 5 STAR HOTEL, ETC... WHAT WILL YOU DO WHEN YOU COME TO POWER, WILL YOU COMPLETE THESE PROJECTS?
We will complete projects that have economic and social benefit to Bayelsa.
We will set up an Standardized Signal Management Process (SSMP) and there is the need that we have money before. We will bring i Bayelsan's who are experts, technocrats to come and build Bayelsa state together with us. Abandoned project is as a result of bad leadership.
The other day we went to Swali market, we noticed how bad the road is, the only road that leads to the epicenter of Bayelsa economy. People are dying in abject poverty and pains.
PEOPLE THINK YOUR CAMPAIGN IS ISSUE BASED AND NOT CAMPAIGN AGAINST PERSON. WHY IS THAT?
We are professionals like I said, and we do not engage in campaign of calumny. I admonished my team, social media team several times to respect our leaders and I'm glad they have adhered to every word I said to the latter.
Today, Bayelsa is the market because we play politics of hate. I have always said what binds us together is greater than what tear us apart. I have lots of respect for my governor, and whether you like it or notn he is my governor and an elder statesman. I have respect for Hon. Heineken Lokpobiri, as he was a speaker at a young age and if you observe carefully, we had the best days in the House during his tenure.
Let me also talk about the Civil Servants, I understand the pains they are going through, their welfare package is not even up to standard. We are saying we will pay N25,000.00 to Civil Servants as minimum wage, and gratuity to our retirees.
I have a target of 30,000.00 jobs, the youth is my target. Even the holy book says "remember your God in the days of thy youths." All over the world today, young people are doing great things. The facebook owner, even his Excellency, Buhari was 27 years when he became a petroleum minister of Nigeria, it is only a pity that they have devalued us to N3,000.00 and using us as campaign thugs here in Bayelsa.
A society that fails to take care of its young, is a failed society. Our leaders have failed us. God has really favoured Bayelsa at the federal level, we have produced a National Security Adviser, President and two (2) petroleum ministers. Yet, we have 60% out of school children, 98% unemployment rate.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR HUMAN CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT?
We will carry out vocational skill training, we need to diversify our economy, build institutions that will train our young people, we will build skill and sport centers for our young ones.
We will makes education attractive by increasing Bursary to N30,000.00 and every student would be paid using the e-system.
In my administration, we will revive the reading culture in Bayelsa, by setting up quiz competitions when the winner is going to be given scholarship and the child will be made Acting Governor for a day.
We will build for new cities in four (4) years. We will build a beach at Akassa, we will make Oloibiri a tourist attraction, we will re-build Boro town and Aggey deep sea port.
Bayelsan's should go out there and say, this is what we want, they should go and vote on December 5. This election will be rig free, I am not joking, I hear some people are taking the electorates PVC numbers, we are deploying a lot of drones for this election. Obama knows I am contesting, the Queen of England is aware I am contesting. The international communities will be watching, they cannot rig this election. We aree begging our people to please secure their votes.
We should not leave our destiny in the hands of political jokers.
WILL YOU COLLECT LOAN?
No, I will not collect loan
WHAT IF THERE IS NO MONEY IN THE STATE'S TREASURY?
I would talk to my international partners who will gratitiously give us money, not loan. With all the loans that we have been collecting, what have we been able to achieve? How many people have flown fron the Bayelsa airport?
I am working with people wo can attract development to Bayelsa state.
I want to assure every Bayelsan that we are flagging off our campaign next week, we are going from community to community, ward to ward.
PDM is a movement, and I am on the spike of the movement for the liberation of Bayelsa state.
Our campaign office is open and they can call us on 07035751008 or 07082847626.
Aluzu Ebikebuna A.
Social Media Coordinator for Moses Siloko Siasia Campaign Organization