The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has promised to create industrial and manufacturing hubs in the Southeast region.
To boost this, Tinubu also said that he would create two seaports in Port Harcourt.
These, according to him, would be with the intention of developing the region and creating thousands of jobs for the youths and the entire populace.
Speaking on Wednesday during the APC presidential campaign rally at the Michael Okpara Square, Enugu, Tinubu also promised to develop the incredible mineral resources such as coal in region to propel the economic recovery of the Southeast.
“If you elect me as your president, we will work together. We will create industrial hub in Enugu, Imo, Ebonyi, Abia and Anambra States.
“We will also create two seaports in Port Harcourt and establish fabricating engines, making.
“Enugu will become an industrial hub and greater than before, creating jobs for the youths and all of you. You have incredible mineral resources to propel the economic recovery of the Southeast. You have an agricultural power that can produce many cash crops.
“Also, assembling plants can be created with flourishing businesses. All you need to do is to partner with the federal government.
“My people of Enugu State, nothing is impossible unless you don’t put your mind into it. Together, nothing can stop us if we are determined.
“We will make Enugu, Imo, Ebonyi, Abia and Anambra States and the entire Southeast a regional business hub, the manufacturing centre of Nigeria. It is very possible
“Don’t wait for the white man to do this job for us. We’re brilliant enough, we’re great thinkers, we can fabricate, we can develop and we can mould; we can build engines and we can turn our coal to industry.
“In Britain and America, they are still using their coal to fire turbine and generating electricity for their industries. We have the right to do so.
“Be bold Nigeria. Wake up Africa. Let’s use what we have to develop our country. Let’s turn our coal to money. Let’s turn our gas to money.
“Now they say the price of crude oil is falling. Whatever it is. I am a realist, pragmatic, authentic, a blessed and brilliant man, a thinker. So, let’s use what we have to develop our country.
“We can have agro processing centres. We have over 200 million people to feed. We are not going to starve to death.
“I lived abroad for about 17 years. I’ve managed their businesses. Let us take care of our home. We can do it. Nigeria is highly blessed by God. For us to achieve Nigeria of our dream, you have to be ready to make sacrifices and with strong determination, we can achieve greater things”.