The Labour Party, LP, Ebonyi State’s candidate for the House of Representatives in the federal constituency of Ohaozara, Onicha, and Ivo, Nkemkanma Kama, has announced that he would put policies in place to ensure that the people of Ebonyi are lifted out of poverty.
Given his displeasure with the general poverty level in the State, Kama said that, should he win the election in 2023, his administration would prioritise efforts to reduce poverty in the State that focused on education, empowerment, agriculture, and health.
This was said by the Labour Party’s House of Representatives candidate while discussing his political aspirations with newsmen in his rural Ivo Local Government Area residence in Ebonyi State.
He said: “One of the major problems we have in our society today is poverty. I read that Ebonyi State is about 76% in the poverty index. It’s scary. One of our major concentrations if God finally gives us power is poverty alleviation. We need to find a way to bring our people out of poverty, and education is one of those measures.
“I’m also looking at agriculture. We have not been able to harness the agricultural potentials we have in this arable land that God gave to us. We have just been wallowing and talking, but nothing has been done so far to use what God has given us to help ourselves. So, we are going to focus on how to alleviate poverty among our people, especially women. We are going to form cooperatives for them and engage them meaningfully. “
The private sector entrant Kama stated that he would use his connections and visibility to promote the empowerment and development of his people.
According to him: “I have been in the confines of the National Assembly since 1999, so I know the workings of the National Assembly from A to Z. I can say that almost 90% of my business has been in the National Assembly until recently.
“So, it’s challenging to know that I’m not a member or staff of the National Assembly because I’m always there. With that, I believe that the knowledge I have about the workings of the National Assembly will help me attract different empowerment and development to my people.
“And coming from the business sector, it will also help. I have the privilege of knowing many people and will leverage the people I know to get things done for my people. I’m also looking at the international community, and I’m sure that if we talk to them very well, a lot of them are willing to look at our case in every situation and see how they can come in.
“So, I’m going to go out of my way to reach out to international organisations and leverage my contacts, exposure and connections to bring better representation to my people.
“The election of 2023 is more of the individual and not political party this time, and I have seen that people are looking at antecedents, what you have done for them so far without having an office. They will be assessing you based on f this person is given the mandate. What can he do for us?
“And I’m putting myself forward because I believe that my people, even though I can’t say about all the local government areas, can trust me with their mandate; with the little I have done with what God has given me, it’s a selling point to my people, and I believe that when others hear what I have done, they would want to support me to win the election,” he said.
“Also, health is one of the most significant challenges we have in this society. A medical Doctor told me that in Akaeze, they have this big health problem because of the water they drink. Most of the people there suffer from liver problems. We have the so-called general hospital in this local government with just one medical doctor and a few Nurses serving the entire local government area as big as this. It’s bizarre.
“Someone told me that the only facility functioning in the general hospitals in this area is the mortuary. This is very worrisome. So, health is a very big challenge, and during our campaign, we will see how much medical outreach we can do for our people now. Poverty Alleviation, agriculture, health and education are the four cardinal things we will focus on, if elected, to see how to help our people.”