Don’t Discard Ramadan Lessons, Oshiomhole Tells Muslims

OshiomholeGovernor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has urged Nigerian Muslims to be guided by the invaluable lessons learnt during Ramadan as this would greatly mould their lives in the right path prescribed by Almighty Allah.

In his Eid-el-Fitr message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Peter Okhiria, Governor Oshiomhole said that the messages of love, perseverance, self-denial, almsgiving and others learnt during the holy month of Ramadan should not be discarded but should be applied daily by the Muslim in total obedience to the injunctions of Almighty Allah.

“While I congratulate the Muslim faithful for the successful completion of the Ramadan, I urge them to sustain the spirit of godliness, charity, perseverance and spiritual intercession for the nation which were some of the lessons learnt during the Holy Month.

“Having observed strictly the injunctions of Almighty Allah through fasting and prayers and by offering Zakat, the lessons learnt during the Holy month should not be lost, rather they should be part of the daily lives of the true Muslim in his dealings with fellow Muslims and people of other faith.

“The spiritual intercession offered by the faithful during Ramadan for peace, progress and stability in Edo State and the nation should be sustained, especially as the state goes into another phase of its political life.

“I appeal to the faithful to continue to live in peace and harmony with all; to continue to lead by example in supplications to Allah for continued progress and development of our dear state.

“I wish the faithful joyous celebrations and showers of Allah’s blessings. Barka da sallah,” the Governor said.

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 Preaches Peace, Love At Easter

OshiomholeGovernor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has urged Christian faithful to imbibe the virtues of peace, love, sacrifice and forgiveness which are the lessons of Easter.

In his Easter message, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Peter Okhiria, the Governor urged Christian faithful in Edo State and Nigeria to imbibe the core values of Christianity and the lessons of the season which are sacrifice, love, sharing and forgiveness of sins.

“We should remember that the progenitor of the Christian faith is also known as the ‘Prince of Peace’ and we should, therefore, embrace peace with all men and maintain the peace which we have enjoyed in the state in the past years.

“As we celebrate, we should not forget to extend a hand of fellowship to the less-privileged among us, as Christ taught us to ‘love our neighbours as ourselves.’

“This season offers me another opportunity to offer my deep appreciation to the good people Edo State for their confidence in, and support for this government in the past seven years which has culminated in the high level of success recorded in our efforts to rebuild the dilapidated structures and infrastructure which we met on ground in 2008.

“Our modest achievements have been due, largely, to the prayers and support of the faithful, and I urge you, in my last Easter message to you as Governor of Edo State, to extend the same level of support to my successor who will continue from where we stop and build on the solid structures we have put in place.

“I extend my appreciation to the Muslim faithful and people of other faith in the state for the love they have generously showered on me and the prevailing peace in the state, and I appeal to them to continue to maintain this peace now and beyond the life of this administration.

“As we celebrate, I pray that the joy of Easter encompasses you as we renew our strength to build the Edo of our dreams,” he said.

Oshiomhole Scraps Edo Pensions Board

Oshiomhole Scraps Edo Pensions BoardGovernor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has scrapped the Edo State Pensions Board following the uncovering of fraudulent activities concerning the payment of pensions and gratuities.

Governor Oshiomhole, in a statement, directed members of the Pensions Board to report to the State Civil Service Commission for proper investigation and disciplinary action in accordance with the Civil Service Rules.

“Members of the Pensions Board are advised to steer clear of their offices until investigations are concluded” the statement read.

Governor Oshiomhole also sent the Edo State Head of Service, Mr Jerry Obazele and Permanent Secretary, Information and Communications Technology Agency, Mr Dan Aigbavboa on retirement.

The Governor subsequently appointed Mrs Gladys Idahor as the new Head of Service in Edo State.

Oshiomhole Retires Head Of Service, Perm-Sec

Oshiomhole Retires Head Of Service, Perm-SecGovernor Adams Oshiomhole has directed the Edo State Head of Service, Mr Jerry Obazele, to proceed on retirement.

The retirement of the officials was revealed on Wednesday in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Peter Okhiria.

According to the statement, “the Permanent Secretary, Information and Communication Technology Agency, Mr Dan Aigbavboa, has been retired, while “the Director Software, Edo State Information and Communication Technology Agency, Mr Toju Onaiwu, has been suspended”.

“All members of the Edo State Pensions Board are hereby directed to report to the State Civil Service Commission for proper investigation and disciplinary action in accordance with the Civil Service Rules.

“Members of the Pensions Board are advised to steer clear of their offices until investigations are concluded” the statement read.

Okhiria also hinted that Governor Oshiomhole had appointed Mrs Gladys Idahor as the new Head of Service in Edo State.

Oshiomhole Sacks Petroleum Committee Chairman

OshiomholeGovernor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has terminated the appointment of Chairman of the state Petroleum Monitoring Committee, Mr Soni Idahagbon for negligence and dereliction of duty.

A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary, Peter Okhiria, said that other members of the Committee have also been suspended.

They will however undergo screening before being reconsidered for re-engagement.

The Governor has warned petroleum dealers in the state that they stand the risk of their land being revoked if they do not return to the official price of petroleum products.

Mr Idahagbon is requested to hand over all government property in his possession to the Permanent Secretary, (Administration) Government House within 24 hours.

Buhari’s Appointments Are Based On Merit – Oshiomhole

Adams-OshiomholeThe Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari over the recent appointments of his Chief of Staff, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Comptroller General of Customs and Presidential Liaison Officers to the National Assembly.

According to the Edo State Governor, “the appointments were based on merit and not political sentiments or ethnic consideration, as some tribal jingoists would have us believe”.

Sanitise The System

The Governor, in a statement by his spokesman, Peter Okhiria, said that Nigeria as a nation had come to a point where the best hands needed to confront the peculiarity of the problems.

“It is not all the time we descend to the level of geopolitical balancing; we need to employ unusual methods to solve an unusual problem.

“The level of decay in the country at present requires very seasoned hands and incorruptible Nigerians that would help to translate the APC agenda of change for the benefit of all Nigerians. We must not reduce governance to political patronage of bread and butter,” Governor Oshiomhole stressed.

The Governor also congratulated the Chief of Staff, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Comptroller General of Customs, all of whom he had very close relationship with and whose credentials he said stood tall among their compeers.

Governor Oshiomhole wished them well in their new jobs of helping to sanitise the system.

He also suggested that rather than condemning the President for taking bold steps, he should be commended for having the uncommon courage to take plausible decisions in the appointments he has made so far, as he settles down for the real task of governance.

He said: “If we must make a huge difference in the lives of Nigerians, things must be done differently. We cannot continue to apply same template in the recruitment of persons and expect different results”.

The appointed officials have been sworn in on Monday by President Buhari.

LG Polls: Edo Restricts Movement From 6AM – 5PM

Edo state Government has banned movements in and outside the state ahead of the local government polls on Saturday.

The state government in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor; Peter Okhiria, also said that “movements within the state will be restricted between 6am to 5pm during which the election will hold.”

“Only security personnel, electoral officers, accredited election observers, accredited press men and others on essential duty are exempted from this restriction order” the statement announced.

Electorates are however urged to “go about their civic duties without fear of molestation, intimidation and attack as security agencies are under strict instructions to arrest and deal decisively with those who may want to breach the peace in the state before, during and after the elections.”

Ferment Trouble Not

Meanwhile the Nigerian Army has also advised residents of Edo State to desist from fermenting trouble during the conduct of the local government elections in the state.

The Commander of the 4 Brigade Command of the Nigerian Army; Brigadier General Pat Akeem, made this known while briefing journalists in Benin City ahead of the polls.

Pat Akeem said, though the military will not be actively monitoring the polls, it will however remain on standby and respond if there is any breach of peace in the state.