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2023: How NNPP Govt’ll Rescue Cross River – Guber Candidate, Bonse


By Magnus Effiong

The govenorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in Cross River, Amb Wilfred Bonse, has said he is on a mission to rescue the State and make poverty and insecurity a thing of the past.

Bonse, who made the remarks in Calabar, weekend, in a chat with reporters on his vision for Cross River if voted into power, said he would harness the vast natural and human resources in the State and ensure foreign direct investment is attracted to boost the economy.

“There’s no local government around the 18 local governments of the state that does not have sufficient raw material to set up an industrial hub of an international standard which will create jobs, better our economy, accentuate our position on that radar of visibility.

“Cross River is a state that should have been ranked among the highest in the country. We have structures that are totally moribund. We have institutions which should have been active now, but they are more or less comatose.

“Our people are wallowing in so much poverty with all the resources that the state has. It is for this reason that I answered the call to give Cross Riverians a new deal under the New Nigeria Peoples Party,” he stated.

The Governorship hopeful explained that as a consultant for the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission for some years, he was therefore no stranger to the rudiments of development finance and revenue generation.

Bonse disclosed further that as a private citizen, he had in the past attracted a $200 million agricultural grant from the Mexican government for Cross River but that the effort was scuttled by the corruptive disposition of the State government officials.

“We will work assiduously to attract meaningful foreign direct investment into Cross River state as the only solution to our bleak economy.

“We are saying so because any State that is wallowing in a very pungent level of debt, that thinks to survive on the money from the center, is simply not ready to grow.

“The only way we can actually do the things we in NNPP claim we can do is by bringing foreign direct investment into the state.

“It’s no rocket science. Foreign direct investment comes on two legs: the goodwill of whoever is in the position to attract the direct foreign investment as well as the comfort that you give to the investors that their investments are safe.

“The comfort can be subdivided into other areas: laws are the first point. This comes when you make the appropriate legislation that gives them the confidence that any other government after you will not sit on their resources and waste all the time they have spent in trying to make sure that some things happen within that time. That’s just one aspect of what legislation can do.

“Also, there must be an enabling environment in terms of security that guarantees their physical and personal safety, both to themselves as well as to their physical infrastructure. These two things we will carry them on our shoulders.”

The NNPP candidate said his government, when inaugurated, would immediately incentivize willing investors with extraordinary tax holidays in order to sustain FDI inflows.

The Boki-born Bonse explained further that he would set up technology-driven mechanism at the community level to guarantee general safety thereby ensuring violent crimes and insecurity were driven out of the State as is done in saner climes.


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