The second term of Adams Oshiomhole as Edo state governor started yesterday, as he and his deputy were sworn in at the Samuel Ogbemodia stadium in Benin City.
Amongst national leaders who attended the swearing-in of governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state was former Head of State; General Yakubu Gowon.
He said the scorecard of his administration was a clear demonstration that the state was working against the thinking of cynics that development was impossible in the state.
“Today, we are proud of our scorecard. With all sense of responsibility and humility, we make bold to say that we have comprehensively impacted the lives of our people in so short a time since the creation of this state. Within our limited resources and in spite of the financial deficits we inherited, we have touched communities and lives across the state.
“We are carrying out reforms in all sectors of governance and promoting a culture of respect for ‘value-for-money” in all transactions, respect for public property, beautification of the capital city, modernization of local government headquarters, and promoting political, leadership responsibility and accountability. We have paid special attention to the transformation of the rural areas and the empowerment of women and the youth.
“The results of our efforts are clear and we have received commendations from within and beyond Nigeria. We have always believed that our people deserve the best and we are committed, as a government, to providing the best at all times for them. I can say without hesitation that the best is yet to come.”
Others in attendance are governors from the Action Congress states and the National Leader of the party, Senator Bola Ahmed-Tinubu.
Lagos state Governor Babatunde Fashola has expressed optimism that the 2015 election will be based on issues, a clear departure from the past trend where electorates cast their votes on the ethnicity and other primordial sentiments.
Governor Fashola in an exclusive interview with our Edo State correspondent in Benin City was reacting to comments by Edo State governor on the voting pattern of Nigerians in previous elections.
Fashola said the recently concluded presidential election in the United States can be replicated in 2015 as Nigerians are gradually declaring their stand against bad governance through their votes evidenced by the number of incumbencies that lost elections recently.
The Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has called on the Federal Government to act fast and make judicious use of the National Ecological Fund in the management of raging flood disasters in the country.
The governor who made the call when the Director General; National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Alhaji Sani Sidi visited Edo State to assess the devastation caused by the flood disaster across the state.
Some of the local government affected by the flood in the state include, Etsako Central, Etsako East and Esan South East. The emergency boss noted that the state government will collaborate with state government to provide a solution.
Governor Oshiomhole noted that the situation in the flooded communities caused by the overflow of the River Niger is getting worse because more communities are being affected and the water level is still rising.
He also stated that there are long term implications as farmlands have been destroyed, domestic animals have been killed and he affirmed that the Federal Government ought to do more than it has done.
The NEMA DG commiserated with the government and people of the state on the losses, both in human and material resources, adding that the flood which has occurred in 23 states of the federation are a pointer to the growing intensity of climate related disasters.
The head of media Oshiomhole campaign organization for the recently concluded Edo state governorship election, Kassim Afegbua said that the ACN and the Oshiomhole campaign group had raised alarm over the plan nurtured by opposition parties to rig the upcoming election and the processes leading to the election was not going the way it was supposed to.
He said there was need for the alarm that was raised by the incumbent governor because a village 2 hours away from the central city had gotten voting materials as early as 8:30am with accreditation beginning immediately while at around 10:30am same morning Oredo and Benin City in the centre of the city had not gotten voting materials and does were the places that had large population in terms electorate with an estimated population of 250,000.