Obaseki Orders Probe Of N283m Exam Budget

Obaseki Orders Probe Of N283m Exam Budget
File Photo: Godwin Obaseki

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has ordered an immediate investigation into the N283m allegedly padded budget for the conduct of First School Leaving Certificate examination in the state.

The Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Mr Paul Ohonbamu, disclosed this during the weekly State Executive Council meeting held on Wednesday at the Government House in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

According to him, the governor has vowed to prosecute all those who are involved in the presentation of the padded budget when the examination was eventually conducted at the cost of N30m.

“A memo was sent to the governor for the conduct of the examination and N283m was earmarked for the examination which eventually cost N30; the governor is not comfortable with this. He has directed that those responsible for the disparity be identified and brought to book.”

Mr Ohonbamu hinted that the meeting reviewed the law setting up the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to keep pace with current realities in the basic education sub-sector.

He noted that Obaseki’s administration places a high premium on basic education – the foundation of the education system – and is committed to reorganising it to deliver quality education to the state.

The commissioner said that Council has also agreed that the distribution of treated mosquito nets be flagged off in the state on Friday, August 11.

Obaseki Approves Special Bursary For Visually Impaired Students

Obaseki Sets Up Library Review Committee To Boost Education
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The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has approved the payment of special bursary for visually impaired indigenes of the state studying in tertiary institutions.

Governor Obaseki gave the approval on Monday during a courtesy call by executive members of the state chapter of the Nigeria Association of the Blind (NAB) at the Government House in Benin City, the state capital.

He asked for a list of the names of NAB members studying in tertiary institutions, saying it would be forwarded to the State Ministry of Education to enable them to benefit from the scheme.

“Persons with disabilities are part of the society and it is obligatory on the part of government to ensure that their welfare is well taken care of.”

The governor further stressed the need to have an educational system of a high standard for persons living with disabilities.

He promised that a special education department would be established in either the College of Education, Abudu or the Tayo Akpata University of Education, Ekiadolor.

Obaseki also pledged his administration’s support for people living with disabilities and donated the sum of one million naira to the association.

He assured them that the state government would establish a Braille press to assist persons with visual impairment to transcribe normal script to the language they understand.

Earlier, Chairman of the state chapter of Nab, Nosakhare Asemota, commended the governor for the developmental strides of his administration, especially in the education sector.

Asemota said that the visit was to solicit the state government’s support in addressing some of the challenges confronting members of the association.

Obaseki Reprimands Edo Pensioners Over False Claims

Obaseki Sets Up Library Review Committee To Boost Education

The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki has cautioned pensioners in the state over what he described as slander against his administration in spite of efforts made to settle all their outstanding wages.

Mr Obaseki stated this in reaction to claims made by a delegation of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners, (NUP) Edo State Chapter led by Comrade Polleen Noruwa who visited the Government House in Benin City, the Edo State Capital.

In a speech earlier, Noruwa alleged that Governor Obaseki had during the May Day celebration, made a pledge to clear all outstanding allowances owed the pensioners but was yet to do so.

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On his part, Obaseki reprimanded the retirees for the false claims, saying they were ungrateful despite his administration’s efforts to settle their entitlements.

“Should we pay those who are retired and not pay those working, is it possible. If there was enough money won’t everybody be paid,” he questioned. We are even able to pay what we are paying now and I think it should be appreciated,” he stressed.

The governor also warned that government will no longer tolerate acts of protest by the retired workers and according to him if they keep attempting to stop the system which the government is trying to build “there will be nothing for anybody”.

He, however, restated his commitment to settling all outstanding wages being owed state pensioners as soon as the funds are available.

In a recent interview with Channels Television, Obaseki while stating some of his administration’s achievements in the last seven months, stressed that his administration was not owing “one kobo of salaries”.

“We are not owing salaries, we paid salaries last on the 26th of May. Yes, there are local governments that are having a few challenges and I am working with them to get out of those challenges. Edo State Government is not owing one Kobo of salaries to any of its workers,” he said.

Obaseki Sets Up Library Review Committee To Boost Education

Obaseki Sets Up Library Review Committee To Boost Education

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has restated its commitment to revamping basic education in the state through the revival of libraries across government schools.

To this end, the state government has set up a Library Review Committee to boost literacy level in the state by promoting a reading culture among the students.

The Chairman of the committee, Grace Sanni, disclosed this on behalf of the governor when she took delivery of 300 cartons of books donated to the state government by the Rotary Club International (District 9141) at the Edo State Library Complex in Benin City, the state capital.

Mrs Sanni lamented that the reading culture has witnessed a steady decline due to the advent of the social media which she said has caused a big distraction for the younger generation.

She added that students no longer focus on reading their books, an act which according to her was responsible for the increase in the cases of examination malpractices in schools.

“Government is interested in education and the welfare of our youths, hence this collaboration between Rotary International and Edo State government. We appreciate Rotary for these books as it is the right step in the right direction in helping our government to revive the reading culture in the state,” said Sanni.

She, however, expressed optimism that reading would be encouraged if libraries were well stocked with books for the students to read.

“Edo State government is determined to revive both private and public libraries in the state. The present administration has set up the Library Review Committee to help the government with a blueprint on how to achieve this feat,” the Chairman added.

Obaseki Thanks Buhari, Oshiomhole After Supreme Court Victory

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki, on Monday expressed profound appreciation to the President of Muhamadu Buhari and the people of Edo State over the affirmation of his declaration as the state’s elected governor by the Supreme Court.

He stressed that the apex court’s judgement “invariably validates the perfection of the triumph of the will of the people and establishes the masses as the true and ultimate power of democracy” in the state.

The governor revealed in a statement that the validation of his victory was stronger because both the Election Petition Tribunal and the Court of Appeal gave verdicts, which mirrored the Supreme Court’s judgement, and confirmed that truth indeed was immutable.

“These serial victories at the polls and the various courts have undoubtedly given me and the good people of Edo State joy, but it should also teach us a vital lesson that at all times, no matter the severity of the odds, we must stand on the side of fidelity, honesty and truth. It goes without saying that we have received invaluable support and guidance from a vast number of friends, supporters and well-wishers, and there are no words that can adequately convey our gratitude,” he said.

Speaking further, he expressed his gratitude, over what he described as President Buhari’s “immovable support, wise counsel and firm commitment to democracy and good governance”, while he also praised acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, for his wisdom, encouragement, relentless support and skillful leadership.

Obaseki also stated that the leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC), under Chief John Odigie Oyegun, remained an uncompromising pillar, stressing that he reserved a tremendous amount of gratitude to the immediate past governor of the state, Comrade Adams Aliu Oshiomhole, for his commitment to democracy.

He also appreciated the judiciary for its “impartial arbitration”.

Addressing the opposition party, the governor said: “I also hope that this verdict by the Supreme Court, which is the last and final judicial authority of the land, will give you all some closure, enable you put an end to your quest and help you to come around and join hands with me to continue the building of our dear state.”

PDP Congratulates Obaseki On Supreme Court Victory

electionThe Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) has congratulated Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State over his victory at the Supreme Court.

Speaking to Channels Television In Benin City, the state capital, the PDP Edo State spokesperson, Chris Nehikhare said his party has now conceded defeat following the apex court’s decision to re-affirm Godwin Obaseki as the elected governor of Edo State.

“As the apex court in the country we have nothing else to say but to congratulate Governor Godwin Obaseki for the victory which he has attained at the Supreme Court. We want to thank all our supporters who have been part of the struggle since September 28, 2016.”

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He said his party will continue in its role as the opposition and will now shift focus to the 2019 general elections.

“Nothing has changed, politics is an everyday affair we will carry on in our position. Apart from that there is the house of assembly election, the senate and the house of representatives elections.”

The Supreme Court earlier dismissed the case filed by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the PDP challenging the result of the September 28 elections which returned Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) as winner.

Supreme Court Affirms Obaseki As Governor Of Edo State

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

The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal filed by the candidate of the PDP challenging the election of Governor Godwin Obaseki for lacking in merit.

The apex court said it would give in detail, its reasons for the judgment on July 24, 2017.

A seven man panel led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onneghen unanimously dismissed the appeal.

The CJN stated that the court had gone through the brief earlier, making it easier to arrive at a judgment as quickly as possible.

The PDP candidate Mr Ize-Iyamu had approached the apex court filing the dismissal of his appeal at the Appeal Court, which challenged Obaseki’s election as governor.

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The appeal before the Supreme Court had 21 grounds upon which the appellant and his party were standing to demand that Osagie Ize-Iyamu be declared winner of the September 28 2016 governorship election.

In an interview with Channels TV, Obaseki on his part, had stated earlier that his victory would stand regardless of where the opposition party carried the case to.

Wherever PDP Goes To My Victory Will Stand – Obaseki

“I won the elections free and fair and square and the people of Edo State voted for me overwhelmingly,” Obaseki said, adding that he would not be surprised if the PDP still went ahead to fight the battle despite the fact that the victory remained that of the APC.

“God gave me the victory, the people of Edo State voted for me, our ancestors blessed the victory, the courts in their wisdom have also reaffirmed my victory so wherever they go to, the Supreme Court, the World Court, this my victory will stand.”

Governor Obaseki Swears In 18 Commissioners

The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki has sworn-in 18 commissioners as part of his cabinet.

Speaking at the ceremony which held at the government house in Benin City, the Edo State capital, Obaseki urged the new appointees to make meaningful contributions to the development of state’s economy.

He also expressed optimism that the new officers would help improve the economy which according to him has seen a decline in the Internally Generated Revenue.

“Nigeria is going through a very trying period, we need to build institutions, we need to build our governments. This is a time that you have been called upon to serve, you should count yourselves particularly lucky because whatever we do in the next four to eight years will lay the foundations of a future Nigeria and a future Edo State,” he stated.

The commissioners were drawn from each of the 18 Local Government Areas of Edo State.

Obaseki Appoints Ihonvbere, Others As Special Advisers

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has announced the appointment of Professor Julius Ihonvbere as Chairman, Strategic Planning Team to the governor’s office.

This was made known in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie.

In addition, the governor named Osaro Idah as Special Adviser on Political and Community Matters, Mr Crusoe Osagie as Special Adviser, Media and Communication Strategy, Prince Joe Okojie as Special Adviser, Agriculture and Food Security Programme, Mr Joseph Eboigbe as Special Adviser on Economic and Development Planning, Hon Gowon Yakubu, Special Adviser on Special Duties and Dr Joan Oviawe, Special Adviser on Basic Education.

The statement added that the new appointments were in line with the promise made by the governor after the Appeal Court judgement in Edo State.

It also noted that the appointments were a call to duty, sacrifice and leadership for the new Special Advisers and that the inauguration ceremony would take place on Friday at the exco chambers of the Edo State Government House.

Edo Govt Seeks Army Collaboration To Relocate Barracks

The Edo State Government says it will collaborate with the Nigerian Army to relocate its barracks at Ikpoba Hill to a more conducive location.

The State Governor, Godwin Obaseki stated this after inspecting the 4 Brigade, Nigerian Army Barracks, Ikpoba Hill in Benin City, the state capital.

The governor, who was accompanied by the Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Ibrahim Garba, expressed displeasure with the dilapidated facilities at the barracks.

He noted that it was imperative that officers and men of the Army live in an ideal and conducive environment, adding that they needed better facilities to tackle insecurity challenges in the country.

“As you can see, this is not an ideal place for military men to live. We are going to work with the Brigade to look at other property and other barracks to see how we can get land to relocate most of these facilities, including the schools and health facility. I don’t think it is in the interest of the nation that our Army officers and men live under this condition,” the governor said.

He hinted that his administration was already partnering with some institutions to provide social housing scheme that would allow Army personnel live in decent accommodation.

Governor Obaseki also expressed concern over the vandalism of school facilities in the barracks, saying he would call back the contractors handling rehabilitation in the school.

He further proceeded to the Ekehuan Barracks of the 4 Brigade where he also inspected facilities and noted that some facilities at Ikpoba Barracks would be relocated there.

Ize Iyamu Challenges Obaseki’s Election At Supreme Court

Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu

Mr Ize Iyamu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has filed an appeal at the Supreme Court, Abuja against the judgement of the Court of Appeal Benin City.

The Court of Appeal upheld the ruling of the Justice Badamasi-led Edo State election petitions tribunal that upheld the INEC’s declaration of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Godwin Obaseki as the winner of the September 28 Edo State election.

The appeal before the Supreme Court has 21 grounds upon which the appellant and his party are standing to demand that Osagie Ize-Iyamu be declared winner of the September 28 2016 governorship election.

The Supreme Court has 60 days to consider the appeal and give its verdict.

Meanwhile, the Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, had stated earlier that his victory will stand regardless of where the opposition party carries the case to.

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“I won the elections free and fair and square and the people of Edo State voted for me overwhelmingly,” Obaseki said, adding that he would not be surprised if the PDP still went ahead to fight the battle despite the fact that the victory remained that of the APC.

“God gave me the victory, the people of Edo State voted for me, our ancestors blessed the victory, the courts in their wisdom have also reaffirmed my victory so wherever they go to, the Supreme Court, the World Court, this my victory will stand.”

Obaseki Urges Top Japanese Firms To Invest In Edo

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has urged top Japanese companies to take advantage of the state’s available resources for productive investment.

The governor said this at a meeting with some representatives from Mitsubishi, Sojitz, Toyota, Sumitomo, Yamaha, Yokogawa, Panasonic and the Japanese Trade Organisation (JETRO).

He urged them to plan potential investments in Edo State and assured them of availability of resources including labour.

Governor Obaseki said the state is safe for investors and their businesses, as well as has good economic policies, three government-owned universities, two private universities, a college of medicine, an Institute of Management Technology and a polytechnic where middle-level labour could be trained.

He added that his administration has developed a database of unemployed young people in the state which the Japanese firms could tap into, adding that Edo’s proximity to Lagos and Port Harcourt could also be utilised to develop a lucrative trade route.

The governor explained further that the northern part of the state is rich in solid minerals such as limestone for cement production and fertile soil for cocoa production, while the southern and central regions are good for maize, cassava, rubber and palm production.

He said all these complemented an onshore gas reserve located at Oben near Benin City, the state capital where some critical national assets such as power installation passed through the state.

Governor Obaseki added that Edo State would contribute additional 900 megawatts to the national grid through the 450mw Azura Power Plant and the 450mw National Integrated Power Plant (NIPP) project in the state capital.