Obaseki: We will not undertake new project in 2020

Obaseki: We will not undertake new project in 2020

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has disclosed that his government will not undertake any new project in 2020 appropriation law.

FILE: EDO STATE GOVERNOR, MR GODWIN OBASEKI AND GIS DEPUTY, MR PHILIP SHAIBU

He revealed that the budget christened budget of consolidation, is aimed at completing the existing projects and programmes.

Obaseki dropped the hint on November 13, 2019 when he presented the 2020 appropriation bill to Edo State House of Assembly.

TheNewspad reports that House of Assembly increased the budget size of N177.6 billion with N1.6 billion, bringing the total amount to N179.2 billion.

He said, “we will not be undertaking any new project in the budget of 2020. Rather, the budget is aimed at completing the existing projects and programmes.

“Indeed, the hallmark of this administration has been the elevation of prudence as the basic essence of State craft. This has been a super structure in which we have been able to weather the storm of economics micro turbulence and deliver social economic development to our people.

“But, I am glad to say that the outlook for the 2020 is a lot more positive…Nigeria has moved to 15 position ease of doing business as published by the World Bank index.

“Even though the effected growth did not materialize ad analysts predicted, with our expert management of material and human management of resources last year, we were able to make tangle investment to tackle the issues of poverty which the main bane of our society today by growing our economy through production.

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“Our initiative to drive socio-economic inclusion led to urban renewal and rural development initiatives such as the State-wide construction and maintenance of roads to enhance access to and within urban and rural Communities.

“In line with our commitment to improve the working conditions of public servants, we have continued to emphasize in-service and post career welfare packages and also the rehabilitation and refurbishment of Government offices particularly Block C, D and the treasury House at the State Secretariat.

“As we prepare our Children for the future, we have re-enacted basic education by ensuring improve learning outcomes. We have trained over 11, 300 teachers in 918 primary schools across the State to build an army of Citizens that are prepared for the future of work.

“The Government Science and Technical College, Benin City has been remodelled and refitted with State-of-the-art equipment to breed a new crop of technical hands to drive industrialization of Edo State.

“In summary, in the outgoing year, we recorded massive improvement in the social welfare, economic growth Governance and infrastructure projects across the State.

“Judicious use of out meagre resource and the unflinching commitment to build a just, inclusive and equitable society, has led to more youths getting direct and indirect jobs and our Children are learning more in better public schools.

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“We have reduced Human trafficking indices and better access to affordable healthcare for our people. Today, I am delighted to inform this hallowed Chamber that the progress and growth we have recorded in the last three years have been largely due to the robust relationship that has existed between the legislature, the judiciary, the private sector and development partners. These collaboration and resultant pace-setting accomplishments are now reference point for good Governance and record breaking public policy reforms across the Continent.

“Mr. Speaker and the Honourable members, we are migrating some of these reforms to the Post primary Education Sector by training teachers and reviewing the Curricula of our Junior and Secondary Schools so that they can build in the gains which we have achieved in the primary Schools system.

“Our unwavering commitment to driving Technical and vocational Education and training got impetus in the outgoing year with the completion of two blocks of buildings consisting of Classrooms, Laboratories and Workshops at the Government Science and Technical College, Benin City”, he said.

He said over 100 trained teachers have been employed to teach at these Schools.

According to him, “We won the hosting right in the 2020 National sports Festival and have being working hard towards ensuring that we are ready to play host to over 15, 000 athletes that are expected in the sports fiesta. The sports festival is also expected to create a touristic traffic to the State and boost economic activities.

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‘In preparing froe this, the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium is 90 per cent complete after we have spent over N3 billion in refurbishing the facilities to a state-of-the-art sports complex. We bow have a new Olympic standard swimming pool and a lawn tennis court that will ensure that we can herald the return of Ogbe hard court Championship.

“Work is developing at 20 mini stadia across the State. With a number of them, nearing completion.

In the area of industrialization, we are making very good progress. While we are on cause on our legacy projects such as the Benin River Port and the Benin enterprise and Industrial Park, we have also successfully piloted the Benin production Centre on Sapele road as part of our multi-prune strategy to drive industrialization in Edo State”, he said.

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