PDP 2015 governorship candidate in Delta, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa, said he would give priority to health if elected.
He promised to institute a health insurance scheme for the people.
Okowa made the promise on Tuesday in Asaba during an interactive session with the executive members of the Delta Council of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ).
He said that he would continue with the free maternal and under-five care programme of the current administration in the state.
“One new thing I will do is that I will step up health insurance scheme in the state. Health is key to the development of other sectors of the economy,” he said.
The candidate said that his administration would expand the agriculture programme of the current administration by establishing two agro-based industrial estates in the state.
He said that there would be employment opportunities for youths in the state with the industrial estates in place and consolidation on the achievements of the current administration
“I will continue with the Warri Industrial Park programme and establish two more agro-based industrial estates to create employment in the state,” he said.
Okowa said that the current fall in oil price in the international market was a call on government at all levels to diversify their economies.
“This is what ‘Delta Beyond Oil’ economic blue print is all about and if elected governor, I will consolidate on the achievements of this and other programmes of the current administration,’’ he said.
The candidate said that because of dwindling oil resources, his administration would establish a scale of preference for ongoing projects in the state to meet the challenges.
“This does not mean abandoning projects, but there will be need to take up projects that will move up the economic profile of the state.
“We will of course improve on the internally generated revenue.
“If elected, my administration will interface with the out-going one to articulate properly on this, he added.
Okowa called on the electorate to vote for PDP in the Jan.14 and 28 elections, saying that the party had performed well in the country. (NAN)