The Change Nigeria Party (CNP) governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom State, Dr Anietie Ukpong, has challenged his counterparts from other political parties to come forward for a debate on the future of Akwa Ibom State.
Ukpong, who made the call during an interaction with journalists in Uyo at the weekend said his call for the debate among his counterparts for the 2019 gubernatorial race in the state arose from the fact that no one person or group has said anything pertaining to the progress of the state
The governorship hopeful identified possible areas of the debate to include issues of poverty, lack of health insurance, rural access roads, hospitals, refinery, high paying jobs, retirement’s annuity payments on time and safety for the elderly and children among others.
While lamenting indulgence in prostitution as only option for some frustrated (college) girls child in the state, the CNP governorship flag bearer said leaders must strive hard to create opportunities for the teaming youths and children.
According to him, “Any education and skills acquisition without opportunity to get employment amount to meaningless.”
Ukpong, who said that journalists will practice and work to expose politician’s excesses if he wins governor also assured that he would work for a bigger pay of all journalists.
“Without good and free press, there cannot be a democratic society,” Dr Ukpong observed.
“We must debate issues of poverty, lack of health insurance, rural access roads, hospitals, refinery, high paying jobs, retirements and annuity payments on time, safety nets for our elderly and children among others,” CNP gubernatorial candidate stressed.