Obaseki defends delay in naming Cabinet 10 months after

Obaseki defends delay in naming Cabinet 10 months after

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10 months into his second tenure in office, Edo State has reflected on the ongoing reforms in the State public and Civil service, saying it will enable his proposed Cabinet members to function effectively.

He described the solid foundation for political actors as a departure from the past aimed at leaving a lasting legacy when he out of office.

Obaseki said this at the thanksgiving service for Chief Igbinedion, held at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, Sapele Road, Benin City, the State Capital.

“We were voted into office for the second term on September 19, 2020, to serve the people and in order to do that, we need to define the structure and plan properly, breaking away from the past. The commissioners will not be able to do anything if the Civil service is not functioning properly.

“My biggest challenge is what happens when I leave office. People are saying how are we sure that the reforms and changes we have made and are implementing will continue when I leave office. The only guarantee is that we begin to strengthen the institutions.

Obaseki continued: “In the last five years, we have been strengthening and re-enacting quality education in the state across all tiers; basic, secondary and tertiary education and re-investing in them.

“We are rebuilding the public and civil service before bringing in political actors into the scene as they will leave in three years when I am leaving but the structures and institutions that we are building will certainly remain and continue to sustain our developmental strides”, he said.

According to him, “We have on-boarded the first batch of the new recruited 300 civil and public servants; we are employing 2,000 in the next three years to strengthen the service and provide services to people of Edo State.

Obaseki continued: “In the last five years, we have been strengthening and re-enacting quality education in the state across all tiers; basic, secondary and tertiary education and re-investing in them.

“In the area of media, we are rebuilding the Observer brand, as well as the Edo Broadcasting Service (EBS) Radio and Television brand; we are strengthening them as institutions and equipping them with world-class technology. We are doing so much in the state and can’t explain within few minutes”, according to him.

Governor Obaseki also celebrated the Esama of Benin, Chief Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion on his 87th birthday, describing him as a generational gift to the state, Nigeria, Africa and the World at large.

He said: “We thank God for the life of our father, Chief Igbinedion, as he celebrates his 87-year birthday. We pray that God preserves him. He is a generational gift; he has seen and done it all. We thank God for his life of giving, hard work and generosity. I want to join others to wish him well”.

In a homily titled, “I know my Redeemer Lives,” Archbishop of Metropolitan See of Benin, Most Rev. Augustine Obiora Akubueze noted that “Esama of Benin Kingdom, Chief Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion has lived his life for others, giving to all ensuring that he spreads happiness.

“He (Igbinedion) must be commended for the love and compassion he shows towards the poor and needy. I encourage all to do the same to change the world”, Akubueze stressed.

Since the Governor was sworn-in for a second term in office on November 12, 2020, he has appointed only two aides.

The aides are Mr. Osarodon Ogie, Secretary to the State Government and the recent appointment of Mr. Osaigbovo Iyoha, Chief of Staff to the Governor.

In April this year, The State House of Assembly granted the State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki’s request to appoint 15 Special Advisers.

The request was contained a letter dated March 31 and signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Barr. Osarodion Ogie, seeking the house to approve the appointments who are yet to be named.

Recall that Edo State Chapter of PDP has being embroiled in crisis over alleged plans to dissolve the State Executive Committee (SEC) elected executive Committee members of PDP, which seems to have abated.

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