Peoples Democratic Movement gubernatorial candidate for the December 5 election in Bayelsa State, Mr. Moses Siasia yesterday said the state was bleeding and had not been blessed with good leaders.
Siasia spoke in Yenagoa during the unveiling of his manifesto for the state if elected governor.
He said past leaders of the state had failed because they lacked the capacity to think positively to bring about development.
Siasia, who unveiled a three-point agenda of job creation, agriculture and education, told a gathering of journalists and civil society organisations that at age 35, he had achieved so much in business.
He noted that his private company had in its employ 400 young Nigerian professionals with 70 Bayelsans under his pay roll.
He challenged other governorship candidates to tell him what they had achieved for Bayelsans in their personal capacities, pointing out that his youthful age would not affect his performance as those who had governed the state could not achieve much with their acclaimed experience.
Siasia, who described himself as a job creating machine, promised to use his experience as an entrepreneur to create 30,000 jobs for Bayelsans in two and a half years if given the mandate.
The PDM candidate said, “Past leaders of Bayelsa State have failed because they lacked the capacity to think positively to bring about development.
“I will increase the state’s internally generated revenue from N50m to N5billion per month if elected.
“Also, if voted, my administration will diversify the state’s economy through agriculture and tourism to make Bayelsa an economic pace setter in the South-South geo-political zone. I will increase workers’ minimum wage from N18,000 to N25,000 while there would be prompt payment of gratuity to pensioners.”
He said there would be free education in primary and secondary schools across the state while bursary for students in higher institutions would be increased by 100 percent.
Siasia promised to increase power supply by 80 percent while the state would have an international airport within the period of two years of his government.
He unveiled Mrs. Irene Opuene, a civil servant from Akasa Town in Brass Local Government of the state as his running mate.
He said if voted, he would be the first governor to have a woman as deputy governor in Bayelsa, promising that women would occupy 40 percent of his government, as her urged Bayelsans to avoid mortgaging their future with peanuts but vote their conscience during the election, adding that he represents the development that had been missing since the creation of the state in 1996.

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