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Accord candidate: Akwa Ibom people suffering despite huge earnings

The governorship candidate of the Accord Party in Akwa Ibom State, Emem Coffie, has lamented the high rate of poverty and youth unemployment in the state despite its huge oil earnings.

Emem Coffie, the Accord Party’s candidate for governor in Akwa Ibom State, has expressed disappointment with the state’s high poverty and youth unemployment rates despite its substantial oil revenues.

At the formal campaign flag-off for the party in Uyo, Coffie said that despite Akwa Ibom’s massive revenue from oil revenues, the standard of living of its citizens is not commensurate with this wealth.

He said that the next governor of Akwa Ibom must be someone who cares for the people of the state because no amount of intelligence or wealth would help if the people of Akwa Ibom were poorly treated.

“It is sad and unfortunate that my people are in abject poverty in a very rich state. I have not been involved in active politics in Akwa Ibom state because I saw the calibre of people in the system and realized they are not thinking the way I am.

“I deliberately refused to be part of the government since 2007 when I came out for the House of Assembly. I was called for an appointment; I declined and left this state to go and work for money outside because I didn’t want my name to be dented among those who have ruined this state.

“In 2007, I said very clearly that a time will come when oil revenue will reduce and that what we invest then will be our future. I said what we need are industries.”

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