Tonye Princewill, governorship candidate of the Labour Party in Rivers, has said that his administration would aim at making the state the Dubai of Africa.
Princewill told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, in Port Harcourt that if elected, he would achieve the objective with adequate security in place and in a peaceful environment.
“My administration will work with security agencies to ensure adequate security in the state.
“We will create a ring of steel in the state to make it impossible for trouble makers to penetrate.
“My focus is to make Rivers like the Dubai of Africa and if we should achieve this, we will need peace and security,’’ he said.
Princewill said security was fundamental for the development of the state and that his administration would adopt the carrot and stick approach to tackle security issues among youths.
“The carrot option is that if you are not pursuing a life of violence, here is an alternative and if you are pursuing violence in spite of the alternative, here are the consequences,’’ he said.
The candidate said his administration would create capacities to create jobs to tackle insecurity in the state.
“Unless you have the capacity to produce jobs, you cannot address the issues of security, and unless you can address the issues of security, you will not be able to create jobs.
According to Princewill, the most important thing for any administration is to have the capacity to produce jobs and demonstrate the will to do so.
He said that if elected, his administration would adopt a collaborative approach and do an inter agency relationship to address security issues.
He added that there should be synergy between the government and security agencies to tackle security challenges.