Edo Govt Claims Returnee Migrants Partly Responsible For Human Trafficking

The Edo State Government on Thursday decried the high rate of human trafficking, claiming that returnee migrants were responsible for the ugly trend.

The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Anti-Human Trafficking, Solomon Okoduwa, stated this during a town hall debate on migration, human trafficking and jobs organised by Channels Television and DW.

He said, “Those returnees of last year, last two, three years who have seen demands in Libya, who have seen Cephas in Niger, who have seen Dollars in Europe now come to Nigeria to see that they don’t have a home to stay.

“They don’t have room to stay, they don’t have food to eat. You see the depression (in them). They used to feed at least two times a day when they were in Libya even though they were in the mess of these hostilities going on there and they say the road is open, let’s go.”

The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Anti-Human Trafficking, Solomon Okoduwa.

Okoduwa further stated that the government is worried about the activities of human traffickers and has set up a task force that would collaborate with relevant agencies of government to curb the menace.

“That is what the governor has identified. He set up a task force against human trafficking, then he domesticated the federal laws to deal with those people – the offenders here in Benin.

“He also gave us a mandate which is to intensify advocacy in the rural areas to ensure that the potential migrants don’t fall victim,” he said.

In the past few months, the Federal Government has evacuated over 2,000 Nigerians trapped in Libya as the increased trend of illegal migration and inhumane treatment of the migrants sparked global reactions.

The migrants have been returned home in several batches through the help of relevant agencies of government.

Edo Govt Awards Families Of Slain Police Officers N6m

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The Edo State Government has awarded the families of three slain police officers that served at the Ogba Zoo, six million naira.

The state governor, Godwin Obaseki, who made the cheque presentation on Saturday at the Government House in Benin City, said the gesture is to compensate the bravery shown by the officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

“We are not here today to celebrate but remember our fallen heroes, specifically Inspector Henry Eguoba, Sergeant Christopher Omoregie and Sergeant Stephen Igbinoba of the Nigeria Police Force who lost their lives in a very sad incident involving the kidnap of the manager of Ogba Zoological Garden and Natures Park,” he said.

To the governor, “This is a token to convey our appreciation and gratitude in consideration of what they did for us. Their memories will live on in our hearts.”

Obaseki believes the money is a symbol of appreciation “as no amount of money can replace their lives”.

He further stated that “We will provide a scholarship for the children of the slain police officers to enable them to complete their educational pursuit and support other members of the family”.

On his part, the Edo State Police Commissioner, Johnson Kokumo, expressed his appreciation to the governor for his kind gesture, which he described as rare, and noted that the financial support will help the family in solving some of their problems.

“About two dependents of the slain police officers who do not live in the barracks have been thrown out but your timely intervention will go a long way to assist them to live a better life,” Kokumo said.

Speaking on behalf of the families, a very emotional Mrs Henry Eguoba, whose husband was an inspector in the police force, expressed their gratitude to the governor for the support.

Obaseki Fires Environment Commissioner Over Street Sweepers’ Protest

Governor Obaseki Flags Off NIPDS In Edo State
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Barely 24 hours after road sweepers in Edo State protested the non-payment of salaries, Governor Godwin Obaseki, has sacked the Commissioner of Environment and Sustainability, Reginald Okun.

The General Manager, Edo State Waste Management Board, Aiyamenkue Akonofua, has also been retired on the approval of the state governor.

In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, the governor gave the directive on Wednesday, adding that it is with immediate effect.

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Ogie explained that the governor also directed that the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Mrs R.E. Obahiagbon to be redeployed.

While thanking the disengaged officials for their service to the state, Obaseki wished them well in their future endeavours and directed the officials to handover their assignments to the most senior government official in their offices with immediate effect.

They were also instructed to hand over all government property in their possession to the appropriate authorities.

The street sweepers on Tuesday stormed the Government House in Benin, the state capital seeking the state government’s intervention over their unpaid salaries.

One of the sweepers, who spoke to Channels Television, said despite being owed, they have been dedicated to their jobs and going about their duties.

“We take transport from our house to where we sweep. I have not default one day on my job. I have been sweeping every day even on public holiday. I have been sweeping every day, even on Christmas and New Year,” she lamented.

Edo Government Calls For Calm In Alleged Death Of Youth

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The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has called for calm over the clash between some youths and mobile policemen.

The incident which occurred on Tuesday at the Upper Igun area, by 3rd East Circular Road Junction, in Oredo Local Government Area of Benin City, the state capital, got the youths provoked over the alleged killing of a man in the area.

But the worried governor appealed to the aggrieved parties to give peace a chance. He however assured that justice would be done.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Communications Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, Obaseki said, “Allow for justice to run its due course, as efforts are underway to ensure that those liable for the crime are brought to book.”

He also condemned the fact that the incident degenerated into the civil disturbance, noting that there were better ways to resolve the scuffle.

The statement read in part: “The relevant security agencies are on the alert to quell further breakdown of law and order in the area. We also appeal to the people to be calm and cooperate with security agencies to bring in those responsible for the unrest.”

Edo Govt Provides Alternative Site For Evicted Traders

Edo State Commissioners Assume OfficeThe Edo State Government has provided an alternative site for street traders who were displaced following the clean-up at New Benin Market to enable them to continue to find their source of livelihood.

The Coordinator of the Edo State Public Works Guard Muktar Yusuf-Osagie told Channels Television that the measure is in addition to the directive by the government that the street traders relocate to the empty shops in the market.

The Public Works Guard has also postponed enforcement of the anti-street trading law till Thursday to allow for adequate sensitization of the traders.

“The State Government has given them a space at Costain Isonorho, they can go there and have their shops and sell conveniently and I want to advise them, the earlier the better because people will not go there and start keeping spaces. We are supposed to start enforcement today actually but we thought it wise to still sensitize them a little bit.

“But I can assure you that by Thursday we will not listen to any plea because then it would be on record that we have been here since on Monday and nobody can up and say there were not aware.”

Edo Govt. Begins Investigation Into State-Owned Polytechnic

ObasekiThe Edo State government has constituted a seven-man committee to be headed by professor Rose Egonmwan which will investigate the financial management of the Edo State Polytechnic, in Ovia southwest Local Government Area.

According to a statement signed by the secretary to the state government, Osarodion Ogie, the terms of reference of the committee includes; to examine the administrative structure of the institution in line with the law establishing the institution; to establish the actual students’ population against the accredited schools and department; to investigate the quality of the training programmes in the institute especially in relation to standards; to examine the finances of the institute in the area of revenue generation, expenditure, transparency, accountability and observance of due process.

Other terms of reference include; to critically look at the mode of employment and promotion at the Institute with a view to determining whether due process was observed in the recruitment and promotion and whether the staff strength vis-à-vis the carrying capacity of students’ population of the institution is balanced and reasonable; to look into any matter which in the opinion of the committee is incidental to its assignment and make recommendation that will assist the state government to reposition the Institute for quality service delivery and global competitiveness.

According to the statement, the Secretary of the Committee is Mrs. Sede E. I (office of the SSG) while other members of the committee include Prof. Victor Igbinedion of the University of Benin; Sir Steve Omoijuanfo (MD Nigerian Dynamic LTD); K.I.K Iyamu (NLC); Daisy Osunde (NLC) and Adams Akhogiemi of EDSIEC.

Edo Govt. To Collaborate With Fida In Eradication Of Human Trafficking

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The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has assured the executive members of the International Federation of Female Lawyers, (FIDA) Edo State Chapter of his administration’s resolve to hunt down those  involved in human trafficking in the state.

Mr  Obaseki gave this assurance when he received a delegation from FIDA led by its chairperson, Mrs Maria Edeko at the Government House in Benin City, the Edo state capital.

The governor commended FIDA for it’s efforts in combating most of the ills in the society such drug abuse, prostitution and so on which has constituted into bigger problems.

“On the issue of drug abuse, we will be relying on you to assist government and help to track the sources and prosecute those found trading human trafficking”.

He added that a law and order committee  expected to play an advisory role and fastrack plans to help  government in dealing with trafficking and other human rights related issues in the state, will be set up and announced next week with its members drawn from government and FIDA.

On her part, the chairperson of FIDA, Mrs. Maria Edeko insisted that one of Fida’s main cardinal objectives is to defend the rights of the less privileged in the society particularly women and children.

Edo Govt Moves To Reduce Illiteracy Through Technology

Edo Governorship Election Tribunal Adjourns Till December 12
Edo State Governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has attributed the poor literacy state in the society to lack of proper foundation at the basic education level.

Mr Obaseki made the deduction when he received the district governor of Rotary Club 9141 Rotarian Ikpenmwosa Ogiemudia with other senior Rotarian on a courtesy visit at the government house in Benin City, the Edo state capital.

He said his administration has plans in place to restructure basic education through a technologically driven curriculum expected to materialise in the next three to five years.

“Without literacy and education, we would not be where we are today and if there is one thing  i will change as the governor for this four years, is to change the nature, structure and form of basic education in this state.

“What we have done is to look at the governance structure and look at where we should be in terms of education, but our children haven’t gotten the benefits of basic education in the last three decades. People graduating through the university and they don’t have the basic skills for life, you cannot read or spell properly and that’s why we have miracle centers.”

He also maintained that the first step in the right direction has been taken with the overhaul of the State’s Universal Basic Education Board, (SUBEB).

Subsequently teachers will receive training on a new curriculum with a technological platform.

“We start training our primary school teachers and will have to do their lesson notes and other things to organize teaching on a technology platform.

Hopefully, by September, we will start with primary one and two. We are going to get sponsors to fund the process within the next three to five years, every child in Edo state will be taught on a technology based curriculum.”

Governor Obaseki said the state government shares similar dreams with the Rotary Club in areas of improving basic literacy, reducing maternal and child mortality rate and as such will continue to partner with them to address the issues.