Umo Eno, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for governor in Akwa Ibom State, has pledged to use coastal natural resources to strengthen the state’s economy two months before the 2023 election.
He said that the “Blue Economy,” which would look at marine and freshwater habitats for economic development and provide resources like energy and food, will be one of the state’s new frontiers for business and entrepreneurship.
At the PDP rally, he addressed a gathering in Udung Uko Council. Entrepreneur Eno said that most of Nigeria’s wealth is concentrated in its riverine regions and that all that is needed is a knowledgeable leader to use them for the sake of the nation.
With his wife, Pastor Patience, and the deputy governorship candidate, Akon Eyakenyi, by his side, he promised the Udung Uko people—most of whom are fishermen—adequate security, safety, and fishing gear so they could advance their line of work to a level of commercialization without being harassed by pirates and other criminals.
He acknowledged that his economic team had previously completed an evaluation and divided his economic plan into four sections, including those with immediate effects and those with short-, medium-, and long-term effects.