General Charles Airhiavbere, Rtd, mni has the aspiration to be the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the office of Governor of Edo State come 2024. His aspiration is one that transcends mere political ambition; it is a dedicated endeavor to breathe new life into the rich heritage and untapped potential embedded in the Edo’s history.
The vision extends beyond the conventional realms of politics, aiming to ignite a transformative era that leverages Edo’s abundant resources for accelerated development.
It must be emphasized that at the core of Airhiavbere’s mission is the strategic and judicious utilization of the state’s wealth. Edo State boasts a tapestry of resources, from natural endowments to a vibrant cultural heritage, waiting to be harnessed for the benefit of its people. He thus envisions a comprehensive approach that capitalizes on these assets, fostering economic growth and ensuring infra-structural development.
Airhiavbere’s proposed strategy isn’t merely about progress; it’s about unity because he understands the importance of bringing the diverse population of Edo State together. By fostering a sense of collective purpose, his aim is to create a cohesive community that transcends ethnic, social, and economic boundaries. This unity, he believes, is the cornerstone of a new era of prosperity and harmony for Edo.
The fact is Airhiavbere’s commitment to a “New Era of Hope” significantly signpost a departure from the status quo. It is a pledge to instill optimism and confidence in the hearts of Edo people, assuring them that positive change is not only possible but imminent. This new era is one that will be characterized by innovative policies, transparent governance, and a genuine dedication to the welfare of all Edo State’s residents.
This brings to fore one key aspect of the Airhiavbere vision, which is the revitalization of Edo’s historical significance. The state’s rich cultural heritage, encompassing its traditional festivals, historical landmarks, and artistic expressions, will be promoted and preserved. This approach not only fosters a sense of pride among the citizens but also positions Edo State as a hub of cultural tourism, attracting visitors and generating needed revenue.
In essence, Airhiavbere’s mission is a call to action for all stakeholders – from political party faithful, government officials, Edo in diaspora to local inhabitants of our communities. It emphasizes the collective responsibility of building a brighter future for Edo State. The proposed policies are designed not as isolated initiatives but as interconnected components of a comprehensive strategy aimed at achieving sustainable development.
Let it be said, and loudly too that Airhiavbere’s quest for the governorship, if realized, is a vision with the potential to transform Edo State into a beacon of prosperity and a model for effective, inclusive governance.
Obasuke a Youth activist, wrote from Ubiaja, Edo state