The Governorship hopeful in Rivers State, Senator Magnus Abe, says any government that is unable to generate and maximize income is a debt weight on its citizens.
Senator Abe made this known at a One day Workshop Organized by Freedom House for Stakeholders with the theme; the Importance of Investment: Economic and Political Implications in Rivers State on Thursday.
Senator Abe noted that, “Money is important to the state. Any government that is unable to generate and maximize income is already a debt weight on the citizens because it will suck from them. But a government that is able to generate and expand opportunities for the citizens and at the same time grows its capacity to be able to spend from, that government is an advantage to everybody in the community”.
Senator Abe explained that when any government is not looking for money or not conscious of money, it is because the government is not doing for the citizens what it ought to do for them.
He also added that the society becomes a dangerous place when people are broke and do not have access to wealth, adding that any government that actually wants peace, stability and security must invest in opportunities for its citizens to make money.
“We must run a government whereby people that are not in government will be able to pay their own bills and live their own lives. The reason why everybody is struggling to be something in government is because outside the safety and security of government, life is unbearable for the average person”, he said.
“Everybody in any government cannot be a commissioner, local government chairmen etc. The real opportunity for people to get into government comes in every eight years not four and even at that, the people that end up having their bills paid by the government are very few. So making a realistic plan for your life must go beyond making a plan to be a politician or a government person”, Abe cautioned.
Senator Magnus Abe stated that he will run a government that will give Rivers people an opportunity to create wealth and live a comfortable life if elected.
“Everybody needs money that’s why when we walk together and we create a government here in Rivers State that serves the people of Rivers State, the first responsibility of that government would be to ensure that we create an opportunity for Rivers people to make money”, he stated.
He said when leaders become afraid that if citizens have money they will threaten the government is because they are not leading by ideas.
“Instead of threatening other citizens with hunger and poverty, you empower the citizen because the more money and opportunities they have, the more stable the society becomes, the more peaceful the society becomes. It is when people are poor and have no access to wealth that the society becomes dangerous and an endangered place for everybody. So any government that actually wants peace, stability and security must invest in opportunities for the citizens to make money,” Abe said.
On his path, the facilitator of the workshop, a business and investment expert, Dele Oladapo said the focus of the workshop is to teach people the importance of Investment.