Edo Governorship Election: Sultan Of Sokoto Calls For Peaceful Conduct

Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar, Edo governorship electionThe Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, has emphasised the need for a violence free exercise in the coming Edo State governorship election.

The Sultan, who is also the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, made the call during the council’s visit to Edo State Government House in Benin City, the state capital in south-south Nigeria.

In his remarks, Governor Adams Oshiomhole commended the monarch’s visit and supported his call.

He noted that an individual’s conscience and not religion has a more important role to play in the decision concerning whom to vote for in any election.

The visit came a day after the presentation of the Register of Voters for the September 10 governorship election to the various political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The presentation of the register, which is a key criterion for the conduct of the upcoming poll, is also in line with section 20 of the Electoral Act.

Oshiomhole Increases Health Workers’ Salaries

OshiomholeEdo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has increased the salaries of health workers in the state by five per cent

The Governor made the pronouncement on Friday when he invited members of the Joint Health Workers’ Union to the Edo State Government House.

Governor Oshiomhole said that though, the state capacity to pay salaries has not increased, the government decided on the increment of workers’ salaries because of the harsh economic realities.

Chairman of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), Agbonlahor Osaretin, pledged the workers’ commitment to duty in line with the motivation received.

Edo LG Pensioners: Oshiomhole To Meet Local Government Chairs

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Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole

Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, is set to meet with local government chairmen to intervene over the non payment of pension to local government pensioners in the state.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Public Affairs, Kassim Afegbua, revealed this while briefing journalists at the Edo State Government House on Friday.

Mr Afegbua said that Governor Oshiomhole was concerned that while the state had met its own pension obligations the local government had failed to meet theirs.

He emphasised that the pensioners who protested to the Edo State Government House are not the responsibility of the state government but that of the local government.

Pensioners from across the 18 Local Government Areas of Edo State on October 20, staged a protest over non-payment of entitlements by the Edo State Government.

The pensioners protested to Edo State Government House to draw attention to their plight.

Oshiomhole Swears-In New Commissioner

Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has sworn in Comrade Didi Adodo as Commissioner for Establishment and Special Duties.

At the swearing in ceremony today (Monday) at the Edo State Government House, the governor apologised for the delay in bringing him into his cabinet, stating that he recognises him as a comrade who shared in his vision of repositioning the state.

The Ministry of Establishment and Special Duties is to manage Government, Labour and civil society relations.

Didi Adodo was the Commissioner for Lands, Energy and Water resources and Special Duties during Governor Oshiomhole’s first term in office.

I Have No Faith In Proposed National Conference– Oshiomhole

Edo state Governor Comrade Adams Oshiomhole says he has no faith in the proposed National Conference.

Though speaking based on personal opinion and not that of his party, the APC, Oshiomhole said the whole idea of the conference was flawed from the beginning as it has no agenda.

The Governor said this today when he received members of the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Conference on a courtesy call to the Edo State Government House.

Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Conference, Professor Femi Okunronmu said they were in the state to consult on the agenda, the length and the legal framework of the conference.

Some politicians,have expressed mixed reactions over the proposed setting up of a committee on national conference as announced by President Goodluck Jonathan since the announcement.

Most politicians feel that there was a need for such a forum but expressed divergent opinions on modalities.

The president had, in his Independence Day broadcast, promised to set up a committee to define the modalities for the convocation of a national conference.

The primary duty of the National Conference is to address and find solutions to the key problems afflicting Nigeria since 1914 to date.

The concern is to remove all obstacles which have impeded the growth and development of the country and to construct a new constitutional frame-work in terms of the system of government-structurally, politically economically, socially, culturally and religiously.

The enlightenment sitting however turned violent, making it the first sitting of the committee to turn rowdy even though it is the fourth state visited by the committee, after the Edo state governor re-appeared at the town hall sitting held at Emagwero college, Sapele Road Benin City and continued his opposition to the conference and this did not go down well with some of the participants who shouted him down, making Governor Oshiomhole to abandon the place and returned to his office.

We Are Being Terrorised By Thugs, Okada Riders Tell Oshiomhole

Commercial motorcyclists, also called Okada riders, in Edo State have cried out to the state government over extortion and intimidation by alleged thugs in Benin City.

The motorcyclists stormed the Edo State Government House seeking clarification on whether or not the individuals collecting monies from them were agents of the government.

The cyclists claimed that they were regularly assaulted and beaten by thugs who also confiscate their motor bikes and demand that they paid monies ranging from N1,500 to N3,500 into certain bank accounts before they could retrieve their bikes.
They also alleged that they were being forced by these persons to buy reflective vests from them at exorbitant prices.

The Chief of Staff of the Edo State Government, Patrick Obahiagbon who received the protesters said the state government did not subscribe to intimidation and was not involved in the said levies.

He promised to summon all the union members to resolve the controversy.

Oshiomole signs Land Use Charge Act

Edo state governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has signed into law the Land Use Charge Act which consolidates all land rates into a single charge.

The Governor, who signed the bill into law at the Edo State Government House today (Friday), said “it provides that Land owners pay property tax to the state”.

The Governor said the law is particularly targeted at the rich as he firmly believes in taxing the rich to provide resources for the poor.

The dynamics of the property tax include taxes for individuals who live in highbrow areas of the city and those who own land in excess of 100 by 100 feet in the state.

Those in the rural areas are exempted from the tax, but those who own modern houses in the rural areas are not exempted from the tax.

The Comrade Governor stressed that tax evasion is a criminal offence and since no one is above the law he is committed to ensuring that everyone pay taxes and those who fail to do so will be prosecuted and jailed.