Wednesday , June 9 2021
R-L: Representative of the Edo State Governor and Chief of Staff to the Governor, Hon. Osaigbovo Iyoha; Odionwere of Ekosodin Community, Pa Samuel Aimufua; Elder Fred Agbonwaneten and the Public Relations Officer, Ekosodin Community, Engr. Osayomwanbor James during a courtesy visit by the leaders and elders of the community to the governor at the Government House, Benin City, on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

Obaseki urges citizens’ ownership, warns against destruction of government property

… Group offers to comb highways for criminal hideouts

BENIN CITY – The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has called on citizens to take ownership of government property in their localities, to sustain ongoing development across the state.

Obaseki said this when he received leaders and elders of Ekosodin community in Ovia North-East Local Government Area of the state, who were on a courtesy visit at the Government House, Benin City.

Obaseki, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Hon. Osaigbovo Iyoha, said his administration will continue to work for the people of Edo State.

He said: “In my first term, I promised to tar community roads in Ekosodin. I kept to my promise as a lot of work has been done in developing the area. We will continue to do more for the community.

“We are focused on developing the State. I charge you to protect all government facilities and infrastructure in your community. I call on the community to own the process and not allow vandalism. If government’s property is maintained, our unborn children and the coming generation will benefit from it.”

The governor further assured them that his administration will partner the community in improving security, noting, “Security requires collaborative effort. We all need to partner and ensure our state and the nation is safe for us all. When the state is safe and secure, investors will come in to develop the area.

“The government plans to drop one of the power-line for 24/7 electricity in Ekosodin and establish an innovation hub in the area to empower the youths and artisans.

“We will continue to partner with people of Ekosodin Community to make the area comfortable for our youths and students.”

Earlier, the Odionwere of the community, Pa Samuel Aimufua, whose speech was read by the community’s Public Relations Officer, Engr. Osayomwanbor James, commended the governor for the tremendous work done to develop the community.

He noted: “Since 1970, when Samuel Ogbemudia established the University of Benin, we have suffered under-development, as several administrations did not look towards our direction. The present administration, led by Governor Godwin Obaseki came to the rescue. It has brought development to the people of Ekosodin Community in Ovia North-East.”

In another engagement, Odolevbo O’sioba Initiative, led by the Commandant General, Comr. Taju Owen Balogun, commended Obaseki for the peace and unity witnessed in the state, expressing the readiness of the group to collaborate with government to improve security.

“We are ready to keep the highway safe for the people, as we will help to check the activity of criminals who hide in the forests to commit nefarious acts.”

The governor, who expressed his appreciation to the group for the gesture, assured them that his administration will partner with them to keep the state safe for all.

“We will continue to collaborate in the area of security, as we have made great impact in the area of keeping the state safe and peaceful,” he said.

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