Edo Govt Vows To Track Down Kidnappers Of Irrua CMD

 

The Edo State Government has resolved to ensure that all those involved in the kidnap of the chief medical director of the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Dr. Sylvanus Okogbenin, who has regained his freedom, will be brought to justice.

Governor Godwin Obaseki made this promise when he visited Dr Okogbenin in his home in Irrua, Esan central local government area of Edo state.

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He also confirmed that the families of the two police officers who were killed during the attack will be compensated.

In his reaction, Dr Okogbenin called on Nigerians to remain patriotic in spite of the security challenges in the country.

Obaseki Orders Arrest Of Suspected ‘Killer Herdsmen’

A herd of cattle to illustrate the story.

 

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has ordered the arrest of armed herdsmen allegedly responsible for the death of three persons in the state.

The governor said the herdsmen allegedly behind the attack must be apprehended within seven days.

The attack which was recently carried out in Ugboha, Esan South East Local Government Area of the state led to the death of three persons including two adults and a minor.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Johnson Kokumo confirmed the attack and said it was indeed perpetrated by suspected herdsmen and noting that it wasn’t a farmers-herdsmen clash as wrongly perceived.

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Governor Obaseki in a statement on Saturday condemned the killings which he said contravenes the government’s directive that cattle herders should not graze in Edo State at night.

He directed a committee made up of the police, officials of the State Security Service and other security agencies to work with members of the association of cattle dealers and people who have information to fish them out the attackers within the stipulated period.

He condoled with the families of the victims and pledged commitment to the safety and security of residents in the state.

Edo Govt Registers 170,000 Unemployed Persons

The Edo State Government says it has so far registered 170,000 persons since the registration of unemployed persons commenced in the state.

The Managing Director of the Edo State Government’s Information Communication Technology Unit, Mr Lambert Ugorji, who disclosed this said several persons have been hired already from the database.

He said the registration of the unemployed continues as the government has yet to hit its 200,000 jobs target.

Having promised to create 200,000 jobs within the first four years of his tenure in Edo State, Governor Obaseki’s administration commenced the registration of unemployed persons in the state.

The physical registration has captured 170,000 persons while registration online continues.

“So far we have hired 64 people for private companies from that database and for SEEFOR which is an MDA in government we have taken over 5,103 persons to be specific. In the pipeline right now we have Benin Technical College renovation and about 800 people are expected to come out from there,” he said.

He urged those yet to be called on to be patient as the government is determined to fulfil its promise.

“If for any reason their area was not called on, their profiles indicate some of the skill set they have. So they will be looked at even in other areas to the extent that there are vacancies to fill those to fill those positions. So people should believe in where this is going.

“Mr Governor is not doing this for any jamboree as is very evident. He is doing this to put people in jobs so that people will contribute more to the growing Edo GDP.” He concluded.

For the government, this database is also an avenue of tracking its progress on its promise of providing two hundred thousand jobs.

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 Settle Outstanding Pension Allowances

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

The Edo state government has restated its commitment to improving the welfare of retired workers in the state.

The Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, gave the assurance when he received a team from the Nigerian Union of Pensioners, Edo state chapter at the Government House in Benin City, the state capital.

Obaseki said the state government will ensure a long lasting solution to all the pension related disputes, adding that all outstanding allowances owed the retired workers will be cleared before the end of 2017.

“Where are those who already earn pension, we have them. What are they earning is it realistic, that is what we call harmonisation, which we have to deal with.

“But more importantly where are those who have worked and have not gotten even pension or gratuity, shouldn’t we deal with those ones first.

“2015, 2014, 2013 to 2012, I am hoping that by the end of this year I will be current”, he said.

The governor also insisted that local government pensioners are not included in the bailout package.

“I cannot run local government by bailout, money that comes from Abuja, yes we use it to pay teachers. How much is generated as revenues, government revenues can only be collected by government officials so that we can account for.

“Those revenues are what we use to pay salaries, pay pension and do the work of the local government”, he stated.

Edo Govt. To Reintroduce History In Schools

Edo LGAs To Comb Primary Schools For Ghost WorkersThe Edo state government has announced plans to bring back history as a subject in schools in the state, for the young generation to know more about past heroes.

Governor Godwin Obaseki stated this during a lecture to honour foremost nationalist, late Anthony Enahoro, at the Edo state House of Assembly complex in Benin City, the state capital.

Mr Obaseki said the state-owned tertiary institutions would be equipped to teach the Bini history, while scholarships would be made available for post graduate students studying Bini history.

“I have now decided that history will be restored to Edo schools – it is going to be history and social studies. We are going to give scholarships to Ph.d candidates or people who intend to study Edo history at Ph.d level.

“Our quest for nation building should be assisted by a renewed acknowledgement of Nigerians who in various spheres of endeavor are role models to be emulated for their distinct and distinguishing contribution to the process of building the Nigerian nation,” he stated.

The Governor then went on to unveil a life-sized statue of Chief Anthony Enahoro, erected by a group under the aegis of the “Castle of Legends” initiative.

Edo Election Tribunal: Obaseki To Present Subpoenaed Witnesses

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

The Edo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Benin City the Edo state capital, has granted Governor Godwin Obaseki leave to present subpoenaed witnesses in his defense to the petition of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate Osagie Ize-Iyamu challenging his election as Governor of Edo state.

Justice Ahmed Badamosi, while presenting his ruling at the resumed hearing of the defense to the petition on Saturday, ruled against the argument of the counsel to the PDP and its candidate that presenting subpoenaed witnesses amounts to amending the defense of the defendants mid-way into their case.

It is the third day of the sitting since Governor Obaseki opened his defense at the Edo state Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Benin City the Edo state capital.

At the resumed hearing the counsel to the PDP made an application to the effect that Mr Obaseki should not present subpoenaed witnesses as that would amount to the respondent changing its defense to a petition midway into the case.

The counsel of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress APC and Mr Obaseki, however argued that there is no law that prevents the second respondent from applying for anybody to be subpoenaed.

After arguing for over one hour, the tribunal took a 30-minute break and returned with a ruling that the testimonies of the subpoenaed witnesses be taken.

The testimonies of two witnesses who affirmed that accreditation and voting were done simultaneously were then taken.

Counsel to the PDP said “we were trying to prove that if you were not accredited as a voter you cannot vote and if you vote without accreditation, well it means that it is not proper under our electoral jurisprudence.

“The witness said in some cases they ticked only once, in some cases twice, in some cases none at all. And that is what we are saying. Our contention in this petition is provided in our petition before the tribunal”.

Meanwhile, counsel to the APC, Ken Mozia said: “the intention all along was for the witness to testify in opposition to the petitioner and in presentation of the case of the second respondent and that’s what the witness did and you can see that there was really no serious attempt at discrediting him under cross examination. To that extent we are very pleased with the performance of our witnesses.”

Subsequently, the tribunal adjourned sitting to February 27, 2017.

Obaseki Advocates Review Of Edo State Schools’ Curriculum

Obaseki Advocates Review Of Edo State Schools' Curriculum The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, on Tuesday in Benin City, advocated a quick review of the curriculum of schools as a ‘sine qua non’ to having solid educational foundation for “our children in the state”.

Governor Obaseki said this while receiving in audience, the leadership of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), led by its Acting Chairman, Mr Iyalomhe Akhagbemhe.

The governor used the occasion to assure the leadership of the NUT that the state government was working with State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), to fill the 3,000 N-Power vacancies allocated to the state.

He said that government would not only fill the vacancy but would train the teachers and provide them with instructional materials.

He also advised the NUT leadership to think of reviewing the school’s curriculum in the state so that those who pass out from schools would not only be employable but could also become entrepreneurs.

Governor Obaseki equally reiterated his electioneering promise to create 200,000 jobs and noted that teachers also had fundamental roles to play in achieving the feat.

He said the process must begin with the solid foundation for the pupils and students, stressing that it was high time stakeholders began to rethink the purpose of education and the type to be given out.

“But for us, we must begin to think about our curriculum, so that the people we produce from the school system are people who can sustain themselves in life. -So that after JSS, you should be able to do something with your life.

“So it’s time to rethink the purpose of education and the type of education to be given out.

“We are currently working with SUBEB to fill the 3,000 N-Power vacancy given to the state.

Governor Obaseki disclosed that most of the subsidy to the state would be channeled towards vocational and technical education, saying “there is the need to work and ensure that by 2020 our children have skills.

“To do this, we have to train and retrain, hence our focus on technical education.

“We need to have center of excellence to strengthen our teaching call”, he added.

Obaseki, who emphasized that schools supervision was also part of the training, gave the assurance that government would re-jig the school’s management system for the better.

The Governor further stated that the teachers, mostly regarded as those who produce the best brains and the best minds, was the reason his predecessor pursued the policy that saw the upgrade of teachers to the level of permanent secretary.

Earlier, Akhagbemhe advised the governor to ensure he appointed square pegs in square holes to drive his desired developmental stride for the state.

He appealed to the governor for the support of teachers, adding that some of the challenges in the educational sector included the non-payment of leave transport grant for 2016.

Akhagbemhe listed the non-release of promotion since 2012, dearth of teachers as well as non-availability of instructional materials as challenges encountered in most schools.

2017 Budget: Edo State’s Obaseki Proposes 150bn Naira

Godwin Obaseki To Present Edo State's 2017 Budget On MondayEdo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has presented a 2017 Appropriation Bill of 150 billion Naira to the State House of Assembly.

He told the lawmakers in the southern Nigerian state that the budget would help fast track economic and social transformation of the state.

Governor Obaseki, who christened the 2017 budget “Budget of Consolidation and Prosperity”, pointed out that it was wrapped around six key policy areas.

“Mr Speaker, we have proposed a budget size of 150.011, billion Naira which is a nominal 29% increase over 2016 budget estimates made up of 74.900 billion Naira as Recurrent Expenditure and 75.111 billion Naira as Capital Expenditure.

“The revenue estimates are based on a $42.0 benchmark for crude oil and average daily production of 1.9 million barrels per day and expectations of improved performance of Internally Generated Revenue.

“Hence we will maintain a balance of capital to recurrent expenditure (50%: 50%) in line with our plan to spend our way out of recession,” he stated.

The governor said the budget would have a deficit of 25 billion Naira for 2017 which would be funded mainly by external borrowing from the third tranche of the World Bank budget support facility.

He named the six key policy areas of the 2017 budget to include Economic Revolution, Healthcare services, Infrastructure development, Institutional Reforms, Environmental sustainability, social welfare enhancement and Culture and tourism.

Governor Obaseki, while reviewing the 2016 budget, noted that “the crises we face today are not insurmountable, with focussed planning, discipline and faith in God, we can develop a modern and progressive Edo State, where every citizen is empowered with opportunity to live life in its fullness”.

The Governor further said that 7.5 billion Naira had been set aside for investment; 22.2 billion Naira for economic sector; 22.3 billion Naira for infrastructure, development and upgrade; 3.2 billion Naira for pension scheme; 6.05 billion Naira for outstanding gratuities and pension and 6.6 billion Naira to rebuild infrastructure of institutions in 2017.

He further told the lawmakers that the “budget of Consolidation and Prosperity clearly outlines our first priorities and serves as our compass to the future we seek”.

Governor  Obaseki pointed out that building a new society for Edo State would depend on the timely implementation of reforms to further boost business climate, attract private investment, improve the state’s social welfare and foster needed development.

“In this task, our government will shun all acts of corruption. We shall hold all accountable and will aggressively ensure justice is meted to offenders,” he added.

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.