PVC Registration: Edo Govt Declares Friday Work Free Day

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The Edo State Government has declared Friday, August 31, a work-free day for civil and public servants to process, regularise or obtain their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC).

The state government has therefore urged workers to partake in the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), so they can perform their civic duty.

This was disclosed on Wednesday in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie.

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“The CVR exercise had been extended by INEC for two weeks which will terminate on Friday, August 31, underscoring the decision of the government to declare a public holiday to ensure that government workers are able to obtain their PVCs.

“The state government is keen on ensuring that everyone in the state is provided ample opportunity to participate in the political process, hence all government workers are encouraged to treat this message with all seriousness,” the statement read in part.

Ogie added that all government establishments except those that render essential service are expected to be closed and the workers are encouraged to take advantage of the work-free day to visit centers for the exercise.

Edo Govt Seeks Jail Term For Perpetrators Of Violence Against Children

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To halt the incidence of violence against children in the state, the Edo State Government is seeking jail term for those who carry out violence against children.

The state government is therefore set to launch a policy document that stipulates jail terms for perpetrators of any form of violence against children.

This was revealed by the wife of Edo State Governor, Mrs Betsy Obaseki.

She said this during a rally organised by the state government to raise public awareness and garner support to end all forms of violence against children.

According to her, Edo State Government prioritises the place of children in the society.

Represented by Special Adviser to the Governor on Gender, Efosa Uyigwe, Mrs Obaseki said the state government to successfully achieve this fight against violation of the rights of children need support by parents, religious, traditional and civil society leaders.

“It is sad that children are violated in places where they ought to be protected. These places include schools, churches, and homes. We must work with the state government to stop all forms of violence against children. The best way to put an end to this practice is to raise awareness to halt the practice,” she said.

Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Magdalene Ohenhen also at the event urged parents and other stakeholders to support government’s campaign.

“Government will no longer tolerate any form of violence against children in the state. Any individual found culpable to have carried out any form of violence against children in the state risks a jail term.

“Children should be encouraged to be the best they can. This will enable them to contribute to the development of the state and country,” she said.

Ohenhen said that the state government led by Governor Obaseki will fully implement the laws against the abuse of children, adding that this will enable the state government to halt the use of children for hawking; sexual molestation and other forms of violence.

Obaseki Unveils Plans To Construct 45 Roads In Edo

The Edo State Government has unveiled plans to commence the construction of 45 roads across the state, using the concrete cement technology.

He also noted that over 80 per cent of manpower would be needed to execute the projects sourced locally.

The State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, disclosed this during the commissioning of the 500 meter concrete cement Nevis Street Road Project in Benin City, the state capital.

“This is one of the oldest streets in this country. This street was designed almost 500 years ago by the Portuguese and when you look at the design of this city which was done during the time of Oba Esigie, the design is so interesting and intricate,” Governor Obaseki told the happy residents who came to witness the commissioning.

The residents expressed gratitude to the governor for the good work done as they believe that their lives would be positively affected.

Mr Obaseki also expressed readiness to execute more road projects across the state using the same concrete cement technology which according to him, is cheaper and durable.

He had said his administration plans to construct up to 3,000 kilometers of road across the state during his first tenure.

Obaseki Commits To Technology-driven Governance In Edo

Obaseki Commits To Technology-driven Governance In EdoThe Edo State Government has launched the State Integrated Information Management System (SIFIMS), as part of efforts to reposition civil service in the state.

In his address at an event which took place at the banquet hall of the Government House in Benin City, Governor Godwin Obaseki said his administration is committed to a transparent governance which will be driven by technology.

The Governor who described SIFIMS as a revolution, noted that it was a bold step for Edo State to launch such system, stressing the need to reposition the civil service.

“Nigeria worked because the civil service worked; the civil service worked because there were processes and systems that made it work.

“This provided the platform for the successes recorded by the government, which were deliberately implemented and enforced,” he said.

The Accountant-General of Edo State, Mr Isaac Ehiozuwa, praised Governor Obaseki for his desire to run and ensure a transparent and effective governance through the system.

He noted that all is set to run the system in the state, saying those involved have been fully trained while all financial transactions of the state would be done through the use of the computers.

Edo Govt. To Partner With NIW Towards Welding

Governor Obaseki Flags Off NIPDS In Edo State
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki

The Edo state government, has agreed to partnership with the Nigerian Institute of Welding (NIW), towards a fabrication village in the state.

The Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, disclosed this when he received a delegation from the institute on a working visit to the Government House in Benin City, the Edo state capital.

Obaseki lauded the institute for its numerous achievements in the areas of welding and fabrication, adding that the state would cash in on its technologies and vocational initiatives to create a fabrication village in the state.

He said, the fabrication village would be situated near a power generation station which would also allow for small and medium scale businesses to thrive contributing to economic growth.

“We are repositioning our state and NIW is a key plank for this revolution.

“Edo would like to go into a Memorandum of Understanding with the institute on how to accomplish a fabrication village.

“We have registered about 40,000 in our database for unemployed youths in the state”. Obaseki stated.

Obaseki further stressed that the government has plans to promote entrepreneurship among the youths.

“We will select those who are interested in welding and train them.

“We believe that when they have gone through the training and start their own welding business, it will tame the quest to travel abroad in search for greener pasture”, he stated.

The head of NIW delegation, Dr. Solomon Edeberi, said the body is seeking cooperation from the state government, in areas of a fabrication yard and overall industrialization of the state.

He maintained that a fabrication village in the state will boost job creation and promote a clean environment.

NIS Clamour For Office Of Surveyor-General In Edo

edoThe Nigerian Institute of Surveyors (NIS), Edo state chapter, has called on the Edo State Government to establish the office of Surveyor-General to ease the work of survey and planning in the state.

The Chairman of NIS, Anthony Ekhator, stated this when he led some members on a courtesy visit to the Government House in Benin City, the state capital.

He said no meaningful infrastructure development can take place in any society without accurate map of the state, to help government’s developmental objectives.

This according to him can be made easier with professional bodies like the NIS and an office of Surveyor General to facilitate easy planning.

“In the south-south states, it’s only Edo state that don’t have an office, we believe this is an opportunity because the office is an extra-procedural office.

“The surveyors observe with precision, compute with accuracy, report comprehensively and cost ethically”, he said.

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, said his administration will work closely with the body in areas of research and planning to bring about economic development.

“Every development has to occur within a certain space like you said your profession is that one that measures this space and gives development accuracy to what to do within the space.

“We are not going to attract business without creating housing and other support services for the people who are going to work there.

“All what you asked for we are going to do, we have the will but are you going to support us professionally to get this done”, the governor said.

Wike Mourns Late Ogbemudia, Condoles With Family

Wike Mourns Late Ogbemudia, Condoles With FamilyRivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has described the former Governor of Defunct Mid-West and Bendel states, late Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia as a development champion who contributed his quota to the growth of country.

The Governor said this in a statement issued on Saturday by his spokesman, Simeon Nwakaudu.

He noted that he received the news of the death of Dr. Ogbemudia with shock, adding that the late Governor passed away when Nigeria was profiting from his wisdom.

Governor Wike paid tribute to the former administrator for his commendable service to Nigeria as a military officer, patriotic politician, leader and sports promoter.

He condoled with the immediate family of the deceased, as well as the people of Edo and Delta states on the demise of the former governor.

The Governor prayed God to grant the family and good people of Edo and Delta states the courage to bear the loss.

A spokesman for the family, Gentleman Amegor, said Dr. Ogbemudia died on Thursday night at the age of 84 at a private hospital in Lagos.

While serving as Governor of the old Bendel State, Dr. Ogbemudia initiated improvements in the areas of sports, urban development, education, public transportation, housing, commerce and agriculture.

Edo Govt. Declares Seven Days To Mourn Ogbemudia

Edo Govt. Declares Seven Days To Mourn OgbemudiaThe Edo State Government has declared seven days mourning for the death of former Military Governor of defunct Mid-West State and defunct Bendel State, Brigadier General Samuel Ogbemudia (rtd).

The State Government also announced the opening of a condolence register at the Government House in Benin City.

A statement endorsed by the Chief Press Secretary, Mr John Mayaki, said interested people in the state can send in their condolences on the passing on of the renowned political leader whose strong foundation in governance helped to consolidate the infrastructural, social and economic development of both Delta and Edo states, which comprised the old Bendel State.

“The register will be open from 8am to 4pm for seven days starting from today, March 10 at the Government House in Benin City, as well as all the 18 local governments across the state,” the statement said, adding that “the condolence register will remain open on Saturday and Sunday”.

A spokesman for the family, Gentleman Amegor, said Dr. Ogbemudia died on Thursday night at the age of 84 at a private hospital in Lagos.

While serving as Governor of the old Bendel State, Dr. Ogbemudia initiated improvements in the areas of sports, urban development, education, public transportation, housing, commerce and agriculture.

Edo Students Seek Bursary Payment From State Government

nairaThe National Association of Edo State Students (NAESS ) is appealing to Edo State government to commence the award of scholarships and grants in the form student bursary for the State’s students nationwide.

The President of the association, David Amenaghawon, who made the appeal shortly after being sworn in at a ceremony held at the Nigerian Union of Journalists Press Centre in Benin City, the capital of Edo State.

He stressed that irrespective of the amount, the bursary would go a long way to assist the educational pursuit of Edo state students.

It was swearing in ceremony of a new executive of the national association of Nigerian students at the press hall of the NUJ Press Center.

For eight years, the association had had leadership crisis which was finally resolved last December.

Addressing the gathering, the Chairman NAESS National Peace, Unity and Reconciliation Committee Alex Orukpe, said: “In the past eight years when the association was divided into two parts I discovered that there was no meaningful development in the student circle in the state and people were wondering, their counterparts in other states benefit bursary scholarship and others but it never came to Edo state”.

On his part, the new President, David Amenaghawon, said: “Edo state students deserve to be paid their bursary, regardless of the amount. Let’s start from somewhere. I believe development does not just occur as an evolution, it is gradually.

“I can’t really make promises, but one thing is for sure, that I am going to work collectively with my executives in collaboration with the new state government. They are ready to work with the students, students will be empowered at least from the bursary aspect.

“If you can’t pay bursary at least pay scholarship. There is scholarship there is bursary, we have the Board in this state but they are not functioning. Am going to make sure I work with my executive to revive it”.

Phil-Hallmark Inferno: Obaseki Vows To Establish Cause Of Incident

Godwin Obaseki, Edo, Inferno, FireThe Edo State government has promised to conduct full investigation into the fire incident that gutted the Phil-Hallmark, the only ultra-modern shopping mall in Benin City.

Governor Godwin Obaseki spoke with reporters on Monday when he went on an on-the-spot inspection of the mall in the Edo State capital, south-south Nigeria.

The Governor, who was obviously shocked at the damage done to the mall, described the damage as catastrophic and a major disaster.

He said investigation would be conducted into the activities of the state fire
service.

Properties worth hundreds of millions of naira were said to have been destroyed by fire at the shopping mall located along Sapele road in the early hours of Sunday, December 11.

Witnesses who decried poor response by men of the Edo State Fire Service, said the inferno started at about 3:00AM from the top floor of the building.

Although the director of the agency, Agbonlahor Franklin, confirmed that no life was lost, he attributed their delayed response to lack of adequate equipment.

Edo Government Deposes Uromi Traditional Ruler

Oshiomhole, Edo Govt., Edo APCThe Edo State Government has deposed Mr Anselm O Edenojie as the Ojuromi of Uromi.

His deposition is contained in a letter signed by Secretary to the State Government, Prof Julius Ihonvbere, dated November 9, 2016 and addressed to “Mr Anselm O. Edenojie”.

Entitled ‘Deposition from Office as Ojuromi of Uromi: Addendum’, the Government stated: “please be informed that the initial Exco decision of 26th October 2016 has been further affirmed,

“Consequently, you have been deposed as the Ojuromi of Uromi pursuant to Section 28 (i & ii) of the Traditional Rulers & Chiefs Law, 1979.

“Kindly, therefore, disregard our letter of 4th November 2016 on the subject “Re: Letter of Apology to Edo State Government.”

The Edo State Government had earlier suspended the monarch, the Onojie of Uromi, HRH Anselm Aidenojie, from office for seven days.

The suspension took effect from October 26 when the letter was read, and lasted till November 1, 2016.

The letter which was titled “Suspension from Office as Traditional Ruler”, was signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere.

According to the letter, the suspension from office was based on the following reasons among others:

“Your unprovoked attack, inflicting grievous bodily harm on one Mrs Betty Okoebor on September 28, 2016 in full public glare to the embarrassment of those present and causing disgrace to your otherwise esteemed office.

“Your refusal, even after two weeks, to respond to a query issued by the appropriate authority within the stipulated 72 hours, demonstrating total disregard and disrespect for constituted authority.

“Travelling outside the country without appropriate permission in further demonstration of your disregard for extant regulations and laws.”

The statement demanded that he tenders “unreserved apologies” to his victim, Mrs Betty Okoebor and the Government of Edo State within the 7-day suspension period.

“However, if within the said number of days, no public apology in tendered by your very self, you will stand deposed as the Onojie of Uromi,” it threatened.

Edo Govt. Sets Up Transition Committee

Godwin Obaseki, Adams Oshiomhole, Edo, Transition CommitteeA 19-member Transition Committee has been set up by the Edo State Government to ensure a smooth handover from the Governor Adams Oshiomhole administration to the Godwin Obaseki administration.

The handover will hold on November 12.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Peter Okhiria, on Monday stated that the committee would be chaired by the Secretary to the Edo State Government, Professor Julius Ihonvbere.

Other members of the committee are: Mr Henry Idahagbon, Mr Osarodion Ogie, Mr John Inegbedion, Dr. Aihanuwa Eregie and Prince Joe Okojie.

Others are: Mr Igbinidu Inneh, Mr Joseph Eboigbe, Mr Taiwo Akerele, Senator Domingo Obende, Dr. Aisosa Amadasun, Reverend Emmanuel Egharevba, Elder Pius Omofuma, Mr Theo Okoh, Mr Ben Ogbebor, Mrs Magdalene Ogbebulu, Mrs Benedicta Attoh, Mr Osaze Ojo, and Mr Ahmed Mamudu.

The committee is being constituted in spite of the allegation by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the Edo governorship election was marred with irregularities.

The party and its governorship candidate in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, had proceeded to the tribunal to challenge the results of the September 29 poll won by Mr Obaseki.

On the day of the election, the PDP claimed there was a plan by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and incumbent Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, to rig the election at the collation centre.

In a swift response, INEC National Commissioner in charge of Voter Education and Publicity, Solomon Soyebi, told Channels Television in Kaduna that the election was not flawed with irregularities as alleged.

He debunked claims by the PDP that the commission deliberately delayed result of the election from the 18 local government councils in Edo State in order to favour the ruling APC in the state.