7th February, 2012
Tumultuous crowds turned up at Yala and Ogoja northern Cross River State on Monday 6th February to receive Senator Liyel Imoke, the PDP candidate for the 25 February governorship election in the state.
The crowds which came from the villages and hamlets in the two local government areas assembled at Christ the King Primary School, Okpoma and the Ogoja township Stadium to receive Imoke.
Addressing the supporters in Okpoma, Imoke said he was in Yala not to campaign but to have a discussion with the people as his score card was loud and clear enough for all to appreciate.
Listing his projects in Yala which include roads in areas like Ukele, Yache and Aliforkpa which hitherto were thought too remote and inaccessible, Imoke said he had the courage to undertake such projects because “we cannot afford not to develop Yala while other places are being given attention by government.”
He said such road projects have now allowed people from those areas who in the past could not drive their cars to their villages to now take their “fine cars which they drive in Calabar home without any trouble because of bad roads”.
On his free health care delivery for pregnant women and children aged one to five years, Imoke called on the women and children of such ages not to pay.
“Any pregnant woman or child who is of the age of one to five who pays money in any hospital the money does not go to the government but for the pocket of the practitioners.”
He promised to address the water needs of the people of Okpoma, and Okuku which he said would be commissioned in a year’s time.
In Ogoja Imoke said the contract for a new stadium has been awarded while the youths would be empowered in 2012 with the sum of N500 million and called on the youths to be peaceful, law abiding and key into the empowerment project to better the lot as “government was committed to their welfare and growth”.