The Candidate of Peoples Democratic party (PDP) for the September 19, 2020 Governorship election in Edo State, Governor Godwin Obaseki on Thursday predicted that Benin metropolis may be the hardest hit if urgent steps are not taken to addressed.
Obaseki, revealed plans to arrest the situation, following the introduction of Geographic Information system (GIS) survey by his Government through the cooperation of the traditional institution.
Obaseki disclosed this when he led members of Edo PDP Campaign Council visited the Dukes (Enigie) in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of the State.
The PDP Candidate conveyed his Government plan to handover a 30-year master plan to his successor in 2024 if given the mandate for a second term in office.
He promised to meet with the traditional rulers and extract commitment from them about the plan after the forthcoming poll.
“You can see the effects of large sheet in the land. You have seen that we are having challenges with erosion control. Driving here was hectic because these was a forest many years ago.
“Now, the population is spreading fast. If we do plan for it, what all happen will be out of control environmentally, physically and socially.
“So, I pray to God Almighty that after the elections, we will have to meet like this because we cannot plan on your land without you participating in the planning.
“But, it is something that we must do. The rate at which the population is increasing particularly in the Benin City area is frightening.
“Rough count, we have half a million in the past 25-30 years. Today, they are above it two million people in Benin City area and it is growing till tomorrow even faster.
“In addition to all the other things that we are doing, we had to plan for social development, we have to plan for jobs for these people who are coming in would be engaged in and we have to plan for things like security.
“By the grace of God by the time we are leaving in 2024, we would have left with you, a development plan for another 30 years which subsequent administration must be held to so that we can define our future.
“I felt that this is an opportunity to let you know our concern, what we are doing and to solicit your support.
“We already have a Geographic Information system (GIS) mapping that we have done. It is called a GIS survey of the entire area. So, we have a physical map.
“The thing that we now need to do is planning each of these Dukedoms in the next three decades”, he said.
Responding, the Enogie (Duke) oUkhiri — Eresoyen who spoke on behalf of Council of traditional rulers in Ikpoba-Okha, commended the efforts of the current administration of Governor Godwin Obaseki and drew his attention to some infrastructural challenges facing the people of the locality.