Patrick OkohueThe governorship candidate of the Young Democratic Party (YDP) in Taraba State in the forth-coming general elections, Musa Bah Kanawa has said that Taraba State has faced retrogression under successive administrations, promising to fight poverty and educational backwardness in the state when elected. Speaking in an interview with newsmen, Kanawa said his government if elected will fight poverty, promote peaceful coexistence, good education, health, agriculture and entrepreneurship with the intent to build a virile Taraba State consistent with the dream of our noble founding fathers. Kanawa said it has become extremely difficult to talk of meaningful development in a time of intense ethno-religious tensions being witnessed in the state. “Our government will therefore start tackling under-development by demonstrating sincere commitment to investment in the creation of enabling environment for our people to develop trust amongst themselves and have faith in government,” Kanawa said. He opined that the prevailing atmosphere of excessive mutual distrust amongst the people and against the government is a serious impediment towards progress. “Our governance will be premised on the four cardinal points contained in our manifesto which are Respect for Diversity and Inclusion; Community-Based, Socio-Economic and Industrial Development; Facilities and Infrastructural Development and Security and Peaceful Coexistence. “One of our major tasks is to restore desirable confidence for accelerated progress of our people and the state by ‘walking the talk’. This is because we believe that unless people are stimulated to unleash their potentialities, the clamour for development would remain an unrealisable dream.” Denying rumors of his stepping down from the race for another candidate, Kanawa said he is absolutely in the race inspired by the need to save Taraba people from avoidable hardships that they have been subjected to over the years. “Yes, I have even been approached with such overtures a couple of times, which I consider part of normal political process whereby people exercise their freedom of expressions. However, the truth remains that I have never contemplated, talk less of withdrawing for another candidate. I am in the race hoping to finish credibly and successfully, by the grace of Almighty God.” He said his government when elected will give sense of belonging to all and elevate the standard of living generally in Taraba State.