Gov. fashola
Gov. fashola

BENIN CITY – Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has commissioned the newly reconstructed 11 blocks of 33 classrooms and staff offices at Payne Primary School in Benin City and the Amedokhian- Ugboha  road traversing two Local Government areas in Edo Central.
Speaking at the commissioning of the projects, as part of activities to celebrate the 6th anniversary of the government of Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Governor Fashola said, “Today I’m very proud and pleased to be here because as I drove round the city, I saw remarkable developments in roads infrastructure that have taken place here.
“I saw the expanded Dawson Road, Akpakpava, Sapele Road, Airport and the New Lagos Road. There are lots more that I am yet to see. But why are roads important? They are the link to our civilization. Without roads, market women cannot get to the market. Without roads, customers cannot get to the market. Without roads, the Children of Payne Primary School will not be able to get to school. Without roads, transporters will not have work. So a government that recognizes this understands how to manage an economy.”
The Lagos State Governor commended his Edo State counterpart for having the mind, the heart and the right team, stressing that besides opening economic activities in all the areas in the state with roads, the rebuilding of school infrastructure is the right thing to do.
He said: “Roads will come and go, but the most important resource is the human resource. We must develop them mentally and physically and this is the role that education plays.”
He thanked Governor Oshiomhole for his avowed commitment to restoring Educational development in the state. According to him, “This state has had an enviable track record of great academic minds and developers of Nigerians” and reminded the school children to hold tenaciously what they had learnt in the school which will take them to enviable heights in the future.
In his remarks, the host governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole thanked Governor Fashola for coming all  the way from Lagos to commission the projects.
He said, “The story of this school like several other schools in the state reflect the story of Edo State prior to 2009. This school like other schools had no roof. Within classrooms you find pothole. We had to call them classrooms because that was what they called them but in truth, a lot of them could not be described as classrooms.”
He congratulated teachers in the state especially Payne Primary School for their diligence and promise that their welfare will continually be given top priority stressing that, “The federal government could not pay December salary for its staff but here in Edo State, we did not only pay but we paid before Christmas and a s I speak, the January salary is already being processed.
Oshiomhole called on Edo State people to use their Voters card wisely by voting General Muhammadu Buhari as the Next president of Nigeria and all APC candidates in the forthcoming General elections.
Earlier, a resident of the community, Chief Isaac Oyorba, the Oyorba of Benin Kingdom had traced the history of Payne Primary School prior to the assumption of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as governor of the state.