Waste Management: Edo Govt. To Create Wealth Through Recycling

Edo State Waste Management through recyclingThe Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, says the state government is taking advantage of the vast potentials inherent in recycling waste products in the state.

He says the state government has commenced discussion with private investors interested in recycling waste products to come and invest in the state.

Mr Obaseki announced the plan in Benin City, the capital of the state while inspecting the clearing of the garbage dump at the Benin City bypass.

While presenting the Edo 2017 budget proposal Governor Godwin Obaseki left no one in doubt about his commitment to clean environment

This philosophy is aptly demonstrated in the governor’s inspection tour of the dumpsites at the Benin bypass where heavy duty earth moving machines have been deployed to clear the refuse obstructing the access road to the dumpsite.

Waste To Wealth

The Chairman of the Task Force on the Environment, Osarodion Ogie, acknowledged the dire need for reorientation of the people to change their mind set in the area of waste disposal.

“We are going to begin to carry out a lot of public enlightenment which will involve landlords, Odionweres, the palace, traditional institution, civil society, everybody and even the political parties. We want to let our people know that we need to clean our environment,” he said.

The governor promised to take adequate steps to protect ground water in the new dumpsites inspected.

He, however, told reporters that the government was considering recycling.

“We have to open up more landfills, make sure that the new landfills are properly sealed to protect our groundwater. That’s what we plan to do. Open up more landfills, more properly prepared landfills more importantly to now begin to collaborate with people who will make the investments of turning this waste to wealth,” he stated.

he further emphasised that the commitment of cleaning the environment should be a collective endeavor of all residents of Edo state, saying the people must compliment government’s efforts in order to achieve lofty environmental goals.

President Buhari In Edo State, Visits Oba Of Benin

Buhari, benin city, working visitNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, arrived Benin city, the Edo state capital on Monday, for a two-day working visit and met with the Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare II, at his palace.

It was the President’s first visit to the monarch’s palace since his coronation as the Oba of Benin kingdom on October 20, 2016.

On welcoming the President, Oba Ewurare appealed to him to create a sea port in the state.

President Buhari proceeded to commission some key projects carried out by Governor Adams Oshiomhole.

The projects include the newly constructed central hospital, the Siluko road as well as the gully erosion reclamation project, at the Queen Ede Agbor road, and the New Era Secondary School now renamed Samuel Ogbemudia Secondary School.

At the Central Hospital, Benin City, President Muhammadu Buhari was received by a powerful delegation of federal and state government officials, party chieftains, traditional rulers and other residents of the state.

His first assignment was the commissioning of the hospital, where he applauded the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole for the completion of the facility.

Adams-OshiomholeIt is the last time Mr Oshiomhole would be hosting President Muhammadu Buhari in his capacity as Governor of Edo state.

The last time Mr President was in Benin was to campaign for the All Progressives Congress (APC), ahead of the state governorship election in Edo state, that saw Governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki, emerge as winner.

A valedictory session was held for the outgoing Governor on Sunday evening.

Oshiomhole Warns Against Selling Nigeria’s Assets For Quick Fix Of Economy

Edo State, Sale of Assets, National assets, recession, economy, Adams OshiomholeThe Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, has added his voice to the controversy over whether or not the Federal Government should sell some of the country’s assets, warning that the nation’s assets must not be sold to raise money and fix the economy.

This is coming days after reports of plan to sell some of the nation’s assets, especially in the oil and gas sector to ease the impact of the current economic crisis were made.

Governor Oshiomhole told Channels Television in an exclusive interview that he believed the nation’s assets should not be traded in a hurry in the name of raising funds for the country.

He raised concerns that the use of the phrase, ‘sale of assets’ was offensive.

“The word itself, selling assets is offensive. But I don’t know the difference between the so called asset selling and privatisation of state’s assets or privatisation of certain sectors where government is clearly inefficient and where it is believed that private sector’s involvement will be more efficient.

“But to talk of auctioning national assets, I don’t have all the details. I am not able to readily understand that but my own position is that we must not panic as a nation and resort to quick fix which over time we might regret.

“As you can see now, we wanted privatisation of power and the government went ahead to privatise the power in a hurried manner and end up transferring the DISCOS to incompetent hands and Nigeria is worse off today in terms of power stability relative to what it was when it was under the government’s control,” the Governor said.

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Senate President, Bukola Saraki had advised the executive to consider selling some assets to raise money

Mr Oshiomole advised the government to consider more viable options of bringing the country out of recession without necessarily mortgaging its future,

“My conclusion as a pragmatic is; don’t hurry, don’t rush into anything take your time to do your calculations and use words that are not offensive, improve on your communication and remove the discuss from jargon to ordinary language so that every Nigeria’s tax-payer, who is a stakeholder and shareholder of Nigeria incorporated, can understand what the issues are,” he advised.

Governor Oshiomhole further urged the government to tread softly, stressing that “we must not panic.

“We didn’t cause this problem, yet we have been voted to fix it and the task of fixing an economy in recession is not overnight”.

Nigeria’s economic recession was officially announced last month in a report of the National Bureau of Statistics that showed that the Gross Domestic Product in the second quarter of the year contracted by 2.06%.

According to the report, the decline has caused the Naira to get weaker while lower oil prices dragged the oil sector down.

The output shrunk by 0.36 in the first quarter.

During the quarter, nominal GDP was 2.73% higher at 23.48 million Naira at basic prices.

This growth was lower than the rate recorded in the second quarter of 2015 by 2.44% points.

‘Mere Speculation’

After that report sent jitters across the nation, the President of the Senate asked the executive to raise capital from the sale of government assets and other sources to shore up reserves.

Senator Saraki made this recommendation as the Senate resumed plenary after a seven weeks’ recess.

Addressing lawmakers, Senator Saraki said that the sale of assets would calm investors, discourage currency speculation and stabilise the economy.

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Budget Minister Udo Udoma said the government’s fiscal stimulus plan was not to sell off all major critical national assets

He recommended part sale of the NLNG Holdings, reduction of government share in upstream oil joint venture operations and sale of government stake in financial institutions.

However, the nation’s budget minister, Udo Udoma, said that the primary objective of government’s fiscal stimulus plan was not to sell off all major critical national assets but to source immediate funds to reflate the economy and implement capital projects in the 2016 budget.

Senator Udoma gave the explanation in Lagos while briefing reporters on the forthcoming Nigerian Economic Summit.

He said the intention of the government was just to get enough money to fund the 2016 budget and get the economy back on the path of recovery.

Government, he stated, needed to inject a large dose of funds into the system to get the economy back on track and to faithfully implement the provisions in the capital budget tailored at reflating the economy and aiding the diversification process.

The executive had also through the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, described as mere speculation, talks of a proposed sale of national assets for the purposes of getting Nigeria out of recession, saying that the government is ‎yet to take a decision on the matter.

He said it was only discussed and endorsed as a Medium Term Expenditure Framework and remains a suggestion but not a solution decided upon by the government to rebound the economy.

Edo Election: Oshiomhole Declares Two Days Holiday

OshiomholeThe Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has declared Tuesday, September 27 and Wednesday 28 a work-free day to enable workers prepare adequately for the state’s governorship election.

Governor Oshiomhole made the declaration on Saturday at the grand reception organised by members of the Nigerian Labour Congress to celebrate his achievement in government.

He also announced the commencement of automated pensions system that would eliminate delays in the pension scheme.

For almost eight years, Governor Oshiomhole, a former labour leader, has run the affairs of Edo State.

He had gathered in a hall leaders of the labour union across the state who have decided to organise a grand reception in his honour.

The labour leaders in their speeches said Governor Oshiomhole had defended the integrity of the union through his development oriented programmes.

At the meeting was the All Progressives Congress’ governorship candidate and he promised to improve on the things the party had done, including payment of salaries, training and use of technology to effect promotions and pensions’ payments.

As the labour leaders disperse one thing at the back of their mind is that the next four years, irrespective of who wins the Edo election, will be less of Aluta Continua and more of Victoria Ascerta.

Electoral Malpractice: Osunbor, Olafemi Condemn NHRC Report

NHRC indicts Oserheimen Osunbor and Clarence OlafemiA former Governor of Edo State, Professor Oserheimen Osunbor, has faulted the report of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) that indicted him for electoral offence.

Professor Osunbor described the allegation as malicious and unfounded during an interview with Channels Television.

“It is a pity that a body that calls himself a human rights commission should be violating the human rights of people.

“I believe something is seriously wrong with our human rights commission for them to be indicting somebody. They never invited me for any investigation.

“They should tell the world what offence I committed and I will be prepared to face the investigation if that is actually the case,” he said.

The former governor stated that the NHRC also acted in contempt of court for indicting him a second time after he had earlier sued them for indicting him falsely.

Meanwhile, a former Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly and acting governor of the state, Mr Clarence Olafemi, has threatened to sue the NHRC for including his name in the list of people indicted for electoral malpractices during the 2007 and 2011 general elections.NHRC indicts Oserheimen Osunbor and Clarence Olafemi

Mr Olafemi told Channels Television he had been cleared by the Appeal Court and wondered why the issue was being brought up at this time.

“We have written them (NHRC) before when that issue was being paraded by the same body, some five or six years ago.

“The Court of Appeal has ruled that I have not committed any electoral offence. Are they better than the Court of Appeal?” the former acting governor questioned.

The reactions are coming after the former Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, aslo said that the NHRC was wrong to have accused him of being involved in electoral malpractice during the 2007/2011 general elections.

He said that the commission did not properly study the judgment of the Appeal Court in Benin, which removed him, adding that the judgment later proved to have been wrongly given against him.

The NHRC report on ending electoral impunity had indicted 118 persons of committing various forms of malpractices and violence during the 2007/2011 general elections in Nigeria.

Amongst those indicted by the report were Dr. Uduaghan, former Governor of Edo State, Professor Oserheimen Osunbor, a former acting Governor of Kogi State, Clarence Olafemi and a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Maurice Iwu among others.

NHRC Wrong To Indict Me Of Electoral Malpractice – Uduaghan

Emmanuel Uduaghan, NHRCFormer Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, on Thursday said the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) was wrong to have accused him of being involved in electoral malpractice during the 2007/2011 general elections.

Reacting to the accusation, he said that the NHRC did not properly study the judgment of the Appeal Court in Benin, which removed him.

The former governor added that the judgment later proved to have been wrongly given against him.

He noted that if the commission had studied the case, they would not recommend him for prosecution.

Mr Uduaghan also expressed concern over the refusal of the NHRC to invite him to hear his side before making its report public.

The NHRC report on ending electoral impunity had indicted 118 persons of committing various forms of malpractices and violence during the 2007/2011 general elections in Nigeria.

Amongst those indicted by the report were Dr. Uduaghan, former Governor of Edo State, Professor Oserheimen Osunbor, a former acting Governor of Kogi State, Clarence Olafemi and a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Maurice Iwu among others.

Oshiomhole Gives Company 48 Hours To Restore Power To Auchi, Others

Oshiomhole on power supply in Edo StateGovernor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has directed the management of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) to restore power to Auchi and other communities which suffered mass disconnection in the state within 48 hours.

The Governor said could be forced to take necessary actions against the power distribution company if it failed to restore power.

Speaking during a meeting with the management of the BEDC at the Government House, Benin City on Friday, Governor Oshiomhole decried the indiscriminate disconnection, failure to deliver power to the people and exploitation of the consumers through exorbitant charges.

He said: “We have had a couple of conversations with you, with your Managing Director and your senior management over the unacceptable deterioration of the services that you provide as a distribution company, and the prohibitive charges that your company imposes on the people of this State and even the arrogance with which you respond when consumers genuinely raise concerns about growing darkness and rising bills.

“It is absolutely unacceptable in a civilized society that because you are a private monopoly, you resort to tactics which are meant to destroy the economy of this State and make life miserable for families and create such confusion that, if not arrested, you will not be able to survive in this State.

“In different parts of Edo State, when protesters raise concerns which you cannot fault, namely that you do not invest in the provision of transformers, and therefore in many cases they are in the dark for weeks, for months, some of them nine months, and even the few places you provide light, maybe three hours a day, you charge bills that are as high as thirty hours a day, and when they protest, you arrogantly disconnect them.

“As we speak, the traditional ruler in Auchi tells me you have shut down supply to that area, and all the businesses there, hotel owners have come to complain.

“In different parts of Edo South, Edo Central, the story is the same. And as the governor of the State, I have continued to appropriate public funds to provide facilities that ought to be provided by Benin Electricity Distribution Company.

“The Government has no business buying transformers which is part of the cost which a distribution company should take on board. We take taxpayers’ money to buy these transformers and with or without power supply, you collect exorbitant rates,” the Governor stated.

“We Are Not Helpless”

He said it was an abuse of power to disconnect people because they protested, warning them that could revoke their certificate of occupancy of their property in Edo State.

“You will not be able to do business in this State without the approval of Edo State Government.

“The Federal can sell or auction or dash to you their facility, but I remain the custodian of the land in this State, and I have powers to revoke all your properties so that you don’t work from the assumption that the State is helpless.

“We are not helpless. We have tried to accommodate you; I have appealed, I have sermonised, I have held meetings with you at the highest level, I don’t know how many times now.

“The civil society people who serve as the conscience of our people have taken time out to engage in as much as any provocative man can do what qualifies for a peaceful, non-violent protest, and the response of your company has been very arrogant,” he warned.

“Generation Level Is Falling”

Governor Oshiomhole further cautioned the electricity company, saying he was ready for every misbehaviour and that he would respond correspondingly.

The Governor’s cautions were contained in a statement by his spokesman, Peter Okhiria.

On his part, the State head of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, Mr Fidelis Obisai, said they had been facing a shortage of power generation and therefore had insufficient power to supply to consumers.

“As at date, our installed capacity, our equipment on ground to deliver power to the people of Edo State is at least minimally 12 hours a day.

“We receive power from the generation company before we can deliver.

“The generation level is falling by the day,” he told the Governor.

Mr Obisai denied allegations that the company disconnected households indiscriminately, explaining that only persons indebted to the company were disconnected.

Oshiomhole Drops Abdul Oroh As Commissioner In Edo

Adams Oshiomhole, Edo, Abdul OrohThe Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, has relieved Abdul Oroh of his appointment as the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry in the southern Nigerian state.

A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Peter Okhiria, on Monday stated that Oroh’s removal was in the public’s interest and with immediate effect.

The Governor consequently approved the appointment of Mr Kerry Emokpare as the Commissioner-designate for Commerce and Industry in Edo State.

The statement said that Governor Oshiomhole thanked the former Commissioner for his invaluable services to the state and wished him well in his future endeavours.

Mr Oroh had been serving as a commissioner since Governor Oshiomhole’s first tenure in the ministries of agriculture, information, culture and tourism, as well as commerce and industry.

Efforts Ongoing To Resolve Crisis In Edo State House Of Assembly

Edo-House-of-Assembly-crisisThe Edo State government is making efforts to resolve the crisis that erupted after the impeachment of the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Victor Edoror and his Deputy, Mr Bright Osayande.

Shortly after the impeachment of the two principal officers of the House, the 16 members, who formed the bulk of those behind the impeachment process, were sighted at the Government House and after a short time, the impeached speaker and lawmakers loyal to him joined his colleagues.

They held a closed-door meeting with the Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole and that meeting lasted well into the night.

Trouble started on Tuesday after 16 of the 24 members of the House impeached the Speaker and installed Mrs Elizabeth Ativie, the only female lawmaker in the house in his stead.

Mr Edoror, however, reconvened the Assembly with eight members loyal to him, insisting that he remains the speaker.

He claimed that the move by the lawmakers was unconstitutional, insisting that the House cannot convene without him.

“I was not there when they started. Can you start a sitting without me.

“They never put an allegation before me. I have not heard from them and I think they are frivolous allegations if they are so started,” he said.

The lawmakers had accused both principal officers of incompetence and high-handedness.

About two years ago, lawmakers of the Edo State House of Assembly had a crisis that resulted in a fight.

Oshiomhole Urges Return Of Alleged Looted Arms Money

Adams-OshiomholeThe Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole has urged persons who allegedly collected money from the former National Security Adviser Colonel Dasuki Sambo (rtd) to return it.

Governor Oshiomhole was speaking on Sunday at a rally of the All Progressives Congress held in Benin City the capital of Edo State.

He requested that the monies allegedly looted from the $2.1 billion Abacha loot meant for arms purchase should be return.

At the rally, prominent leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, including two former members of the Federal House of Representatives and their followers, decamped to the APC.

Governor Oshiomhole also said that President Buhari had been able to prove that there were no sacred cows in the fight against corruption.

NASU Opposes Fuel Subsidy Removal

DPRThe President of the Non-Academic Staff Union of educational and associated institutions (NASU) has opposed to the removal of fuel subsidy.

While addressing a conference in Abuja on Tuesday, the President of the union, Mrs Ladi Iliya, said the present economic realities do not support the campaign by some politicians that the fuel subsidy should be removed.

Meanwhile, the Governor of Edo State, Governor Adams Oshiomhole, has urged the workers union to support President Muhammadu Buhari to reclaim all looted funds so that the government could improve the welfare of workers.

The theme of this conference is “Organised Labour and the Revival of Nigeria’s Educational Research Institutions”.

Others, who spoke at the event, urged the government to invest in infrastructure development in tertiary institutions.

On November 14, the Leadership of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas sought a complete removal of fuel subsidy.

The union expressed the belief that a total deregulation of the downstream sector and complete removal of fuel subsidy would solve the nation’s prolonged fuel crisis and scarcity.

 

Gunmen Hijack APC Governorship Primaries In Bayelsa

bayelsaPandemonium broke out on Tuesday morning in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, as gunmen and suspected cultists hijacked the governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

19 aspirants were expected to contest in the primaries, but trouble broke out when the former Governor of the state and party leader, Timipre Sylva, suddenly picked up a form and joined the race.

The Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, who conducted the primaries, had ordered the arrest of Mr Fortune Panabi, the Publicity Secretary of the APC in the state, for allegedly accrediting unknown delegates for the exercise.

However, three of the aspirants, Timi Alaibe, Editimi Angbare and Priye Aganaba, called for a shift in the exercise, saying that the atmosphere was not conducive for a proper primary to hold.

Governor Oshiomhole is, nonetheless, expected to announce the way forward after meeting with the aspirants and delegates.