Mr. Ernest Abegbe, a financial expert, has said he would contest for the Governorship of Edo State in 2024 in a bid to enthrone paradigm shift in governance of the state.
Abegbe, who made known his intention to occupy the Dennis Osadebe Avenue seat of power under the Labour Party, LP, spoke in a chat with newsmen in Benin.
He stated that if elected governor of the state, his leadership style would be people-centric, that is the people would be the center point.
He explained that part of the paradigm shift is to adopt bottom-top approach whereby people at the grassroots level will feel the impact of governance.
The financial expert/educationist also noted that his administration will promote transparency, accountability, and a secure environment that would fast track economic development in the state.
He further explained that his government would focus on good governance, infrastructural development, security, economy, education for all and youth development.
While noting that security and infrastructural development would enhance economy of the state, Abegbe said he would partner with relevant stakeholders to achieve the desire security level as well as infrastructural development that would engender economy prosperity of the state.
According to him, “We are going to run a government with human face and ensure that the needed jobs are created to gainfully engage our unemployed youths.
“Since the issue of security, infrastructural and economy development are interwoven, we will partner with relevant stakeholders to achieve this while also ensuring the judicious application of the state funds in these areas,” he stated.
He said if elected as the number one citizen of the state, he would hit the ground running as he was not coming to learn through the ropes.
“My experience in both the public and private sector have prepared me for the task ahead and we won’t waste time trying to figure out where and when to start from or what to do.”
Abegbe is a seasoned professional with a wide range of experience in both the private and public sectors.
He has managed several projects for State and Federal governments, World Bank and European Union in the areas of Treasury Management, Value for Money Audit, Monitoring and Evaluation, Taxation, Financial Services, Asset Management and Recovery, Corporate Re-Organization, Entrepreneurship Development and Capacity Building.