The Chairman of Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, has said that his aim of entering into politics, especially the governorship race in Anambra State, is to positively impact the lives of the populace.
Ubah, who was addressing APC stakeholders, market executives and his teeming supporters yesterday at his country home in Umuanuka, Otolo-Nnewi, Anambra State, said that God has blessed him and that he is seeking political power to be able to work for Anambra people.
According to him, “We are into politics to rebuild Anambra State. There is nothing I need as an individual that I have not gotten. I am contented materially and my aim of joining politics is to help change the face of Anambra State and its people.
“Leadership of a state like Anambra is not just for anybody. It is for people that have track records and people that have the capacity and vision.
“Capital Oil and Gas Industries is the biggest of its kind in the oil and gas sector in Nigeria today. Capital Oil alone contributes over 45% of the total oil and gas sold in the Nigerian market every day. This is built through our vision and it is our intention to replicate this feat in Anambra and to make the state a business hub with opportunities for prosperity”.
He said that the present economic crisis hitting Nigeria is not the fault of the federal government but the inability of state governors to harness business and economic opportunities and create wealth for their states.
According to him, “Ndigbo have conquered Nigeria economically but state governors in the Igbo nation have failed to utilize opportunities available to them to create wealth for their states.
“Anambra, for instance, has continued to go down economically, instead of moving up because we have bad economic managers. There is no nation that is so blessed with business opportunities than the Igbo people, and Anambra in particular. But Anambra cannot sustain the business spirit because the state has no support from government.
“So, it is our plan to resurrect the business spirit among Anambra people by supporting businessmen and women in the state.”
On his decision to run under the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Ubah said that Anambra needs to belong to the government at the centre so as to be able to negotiate certain things that the state cannot afford to do on its own such as airport, seaport, and a whole lot of things.
He said that what matters in a journey is not the vehicle but the driver who determines the safety of passengers on board.
Dr. Ubah further stated that with conscientious interventionist policy, the commercial drive potential of Anambra State can be enhanced to become a commercial hub of the entire Sub-Sahara Africa, noting that the state is blessed with ideas that an replicate the Chinese kind of economic recovery.
"We are blessed with the ideas that can replicate the Chinese type of economic recovery here in Anambra State if government understands its roles in commerce. It is not just about collecting tax but to create commercial enhancement policy relationship between it and business owners.
"With government partnership with the traders and other business owners in the state, we can create a thriving local economy in Anambra State that will make it a commercial hub in Sub Sahara.”
Dr. Ubah pointed out that Anambra State must think beyond waiting for federal government's intervention stating that " we can build a strong economy on our own without looking the direction of the center.
He added that "we as a state must get ambition toward enhancing our economic potentials by partnering with the traders in our state. The 21st century is not a century for lazy sub national governments, rather a century that beckons on states to build a thriving local economy.
"You can't grow commercial activities in any territory where the traders or investors are not making profit, however attracting business to the state is not enough, but making policy that will reduce the cost of doing business in the state and creating profit margin that will encourage business expansion which will in turn aid our economic recovery. Without creating map for commercial activities, we will remain stagnant economically.”
The publisher of The AUTHORITY Newspapers said that the Igbo race is endowed with the potential to rival China in doing business, but regretted that the businessmen and women in the zone lack the requisite support of their state governments which their Chinese counterparts do enjoy.
"We are the only black race that can mimic the Chinese style of doing business but unfortunately our business players do not get government support like that of their Chinese counterpart. If I have the opportunity to govern Anambra State, I will not just replicate but internalize the Chinese model of commerce here in Anambra State.”
Dr Ubah who speaks over four western languages and about five African languages fluently stated that his knowledge of international business politics and that of local economy will help him achieve his set goals on issues of creating synergy between the international business community and the local community.
"I understand international business politics and how to synergize with foreign and local interest institutions for the benefit of our state commerce. The point is that a 21st century business community needs government with knowledge of commerce to thrive.
Some of the market leaders who spoke during the interactive session at the forum stated that they were ready to partner a government with robust business policy that would uplift the local economy.
According to Chief Okeke, "We have been left in the lurch as we continue to struggle with our individual efforts devoid of interventionist policy support from the government. We see sincerity in your proposed policy and we cannot wait to partner with you when elected to ensure that robust policies come to pass for our overall best benefits."
Another market leader said "I am not a politician but I cannot wait to align with Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah toward his governorship aspiration, he is a businessman who understands the plights of business people and cannot wait to see him becoming the governor of Anambra State, good enough he understands the challenges associated with business especially the ones facing us in Anambra State."
On her part, Mrs. Ebube stated that "until we have government that looks beyond collection of taxes from us, we will always achieve little. We have what it takes to be the commercial hub of West Africa but we are living below our potential due to lack of government support.”