By: Patrick Ochoga,
The Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki on Sunday pledged to transform the fortunes of the many ordinary people in the state as the state attained 26 years.
In a speech to commemorate the anniversary of the state’s creation, Obaseki saluted the unalloyed support of Edo people to his administration in the collective match towards the lofty and attainable heights as envisioned by the founding fathers.
“On this day, 26 years ago, our dear state was created with its people beaming with pride, high hopes and lofty dreams, excited about what had become a unique opportunity to take their collective destiny in their own hands.
“From 1991 when this landmark event occurred till now, one leader after the other has taken the mantle, promising to deliver an egalitarian society where the interplay between state and its constituents produces a symphony of faith, trust and zeal to build,” Obaseki said.
He, however, noted that “although the state and indeed the nation has evolved pleasantly from unacceptable dictatorship to a government of the will of the people, democracy has not sufficiently bequeathed all its sacred promises to the people.”
The governor assured that “As the 10th in the lineup of governors to lead this great state since it adopted the name Edo and took on the current landmass and population, which has continued to grow, I consider the task I now bear as a divine assignment. I am committed to the transformation of the fortunes of the many ordinary people in Edo State despite the inclement environment.”
He further said that the APC led state government under his watch was consolidating on the gains of his predecessor and committed to creating a safe and secure environment for people to live, work and do business.
“Our administration has sanitised land acquisition and ownership to the extent that today in Edo State, you can acquire a plot of land through the right means and build your house with all the necessary approvals without any fears of harassment by thugs.
He expressed his appreciation to the Royal Father, Omo N’ Oba N’ Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare 11, the Oba of Benin, other leaders and elders as well as all Edo people who have kept the faith, volunteered wise counsels and showed understanding when tough decisions had to be made.
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