Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki has abolished rent for office accommodation for government workers, ploughing back the sum of N500 million into government coffers.
This followed the reconstruction of abandoned building projects Brig-General Samuel Ogbemudia (Rted), former Governor of the defunct Bendel State, after the government injected the sum of N500 million for the reconstruction work.
The State Commissioner for Youth and Special Duties, Mr. Damian Lawani said this on Wednesday when he and his counterpart in the Ministry of Communication and Orientation, Mr. Efe Stewart at a meeting with members and leaders of Tippers and Quarry Employees Union in the State.
Lawani stated that when Governor Obaseki disclosed his intention to embark on the project months ago, most members of his Cabinet, discouraged him initially until the revalidation of buildings which passed integrity test.
“The buildings were even stronger than some modern buildings in town. And today, the government saves N500 million as rent every year since the reconstruction of Ogbemudia buildings which were abandoned before.
“Obaseki told us that how can you have a yearly budget and you pay N500 million for rent? He said that is not good and we cannot continue with that”, he said.
Earlier in a remark, the State Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Mr. Efe Stewart, promised to partner with the body.
Efe who was flanked by the Director of Communication in the Ministry z Mrs. Juliet Ekiuwa Unieri, charged the leadership and members of Tippers and Quarry Employees Union in the State to key into the policies and programmes of the Government for the development of the State and shun acts that untoward.
He commended the group for keeping fate in Governor Godwin Obaseki administration and their support before and during the September 19, governorship election.
According to him, “Governor Obaseki is a pacesetter. I know the efforts that you put in towards ensuring that the votes count”.
In a remark, Chairman of the group, Mr. Bright Uhunamure, appealed to the government to partner with the group worthy partner in progress and help its members in realizing its mandate.