COVID-19: Edo Govt Sets Up New Testing Facilities

Governor Godwin Obaseki addressing a gathering in Abuja on July 19, 2019.

 

The Edo State Government has secured two additional testing facilities at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) and the Stella Obasanjo Hospital, Benin City, as part of increased efforts to detect and manage COVID-19 cases in the state.

Governor Godwin Obaseki, who disclosed this in his Easter address, said the state plans to screen over 500,000 citizens across the 18 Local Government Areas within the next few weeks.

“We want to screen up to 500,000 citizens in Edo over the next few weeks, and I am pleased to inform you that we now have two additional testing facilities in Benin City, where we plan to test up to 5,000 citizens.

“We will review our current policies when we obtain sufficient data and evidence from the screening and testing,” he said.

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While reiterating his administration’s commitment in containing the virus, the governor urged residents to adhere to directives on good hygiene and safety.

In doing this, he wants the people to engage in regular washing of the hands, use of sanitisers and observing social distancing.

“Ideally, the Easter season is marked by congregational worship and visits to loved ones, but I appeal to you to restrain from sustaining this practice this period.

“The social distancing and stay at home orders still subsist, so I enjoin you to maintain contact with your relatives and loved ones through digital media channels such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Zoom, so that we can all be safe and protected. If you must go out, do so wearing facemasks,” Obaseki maintained.

I Am APC Leader In Edo, Oshiomhole Remains Suspended – Obaseki

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has insisted that suspension of the party’s national chairman Adams Oshiomhole from the state chapter of the party remains and it is in the best interest.

Obaseki disclosed this on Friday during a caucus meeting involving leaders of the APC in Edo North Senatorial District.

He lamented that Oshiomhole, who is his predecessor, has been a negative influence in the affairs of the state in spite of efforts by the party to bring economic development to the people.

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“I am the APC leader in Edo and it is the person that is causing anti-party who has created his own faction of APC that will leave.

“If you can’t be a disciplined member of our party, then you leave, whether you claim to be a national chairman or not.

“My position is clear; Comrade Oshiomhole stands suspended from APC in Edo,” Obaseki said.

The governor added that he never complained about the previous administration of Oshiomhole but went about carrying out his duties when he was elected in 2016.

According to him, the mission of his administration is to redefine and build Edo State.

“Nobody has ever seen me come out to say this is the amount of debt he left behind, because I see us as part of the same family.

The aim is to redefine Edo State and focus on our people. Tomorrow will come and our children will grow, we don’t want things to be worse for them,” Obaseki concluded.

Edo Assembly: Court Orders Obaseki Not To Issue Fresh Proclamation 

 

The Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, has restrained the Governor of Edo state, Mr Godwin Obaseki from issuing a fresh proclamation letter, as directed by the Senate.

The court also stopped the clerk of the National Assembly, the President of the Senate as well as the speaker of the house of representatives or their agents,
Officers or privies from interfering or taking over the legislative functions of the Edo State House of Assembly.

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Furthermore, the court granted an order re-straining the Inspector General of Police and the State Security Service, their servants, agents, officers or privies from sealing up the Edo State House of Assembly, or obstructing activities at the Edo assembly.

According to the court, the orders followed requests sought by the deputy speaker of the Edo House of Assembly, Hon. Yekini Idiaye, and the member representing Ikpoba-Okha constituency in the Assembly, Hon. Henry Okhua-Robo, who are the plaintiffs in the case.

In the obtained order paper , the court said: “the plaintiffs or applicants are granted an order of interim injunction, restraining the 1st-3rd defendant or respondents in this case the clerk of the National Assembly, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, their servant, agents, officers or privies from interfering or taking over the legislative functions of the Edo State House of Assembly pending the determination of the substantive suit”.

Governor Obaseki Signs CDA Bill Into Law

Governor Obaseki Signs CDA Bill Into Law
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has signed into law a bill prohibiting forceful and illegal occupation of landed property by Community Development Associations (CDAs) in the state.

During the signing ceremony at the Government House in Benin City, the Edo state capital, Governor Obaseki said his administration will always provide a conducive environment for investments to thrive in the state.

He stated that many of the youths who would be affected by the bill would be compensated, urging the public to get familiar with the provisions of the law, adding that ignorance of the law is no excuse.

The governor further said that the acts of land grabbing is inimical to the economic growth of the society.

A copy of the bill was later presented to Oba Ewuare II, the Oba of Benin.

The Benin Monarch lauded the State’s Executive and Legislature for the swift enactment of the law, adding that those affected will be compensated.

“Palliative measures are put in place to ensure that they don’t see it as witch-hunting or excessive punishment or that they don’t recognise their plight”

Meanwhile, a task force headed by the former Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has been set up to drive enforcement of the law.

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.

Obaseki Wants National Monument Named After Late Ogbemudia

Obaseki Wants National Monument Named After Late OgbemudiaThe Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, has suggested the naming of a national monument after the late elder statesman, Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia, as a befitting farewell gift for the two time governor.

The Governor gave the opinion when he received a delegation from the late Ogbemudia family at the Government House in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

“A lot of things have been named after him, but I want one federal major asset named after him. At least, on the national basis he also gets his dues,” he said.

Governor Obaseki said the state burial for the former administrator was not enough appreciation for all he has done for the state.

“As for the state funeral, it was due. We could not have done anything less for him. This office we are operating today, he built it”, he added.

The leader of the delegation and the first son of the late administrator, Samuel Ogbemudia (Jnr), expressed the family’s appreciation to the Edo State Government for the befitting burial given to their father.

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.