Edo Becoming Economic Hub Of Nigeria – Obaseki. Edo State Governor Mr. Godwin Obaseki disclosed that his administration has a very clear direction which is to make the state the economic hub of the nation utilizing and harnessing the available resources at her disposal to achieve this feat within the next three years. Obaseki said the nation is blessed but depend solely on oil without looking inward to harness the available resources to develop the nation. He said Nigeria could be put back on the path of greatness if strategic states in different regions explore non-oil revenue potentials as it will go a long way to develop the nation.
He made the disclosure while receiving executive members of the Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ) Edo State Chapter led by the Chairman Sir Roland Osakwue in government house Benin City the Edo State Capital yesterday.
“If Edo works and other few states work, you will be amazed by the amount of transformation that will occur in Nigeria. Nigeria should be seen as a cover, a directional cover. For us in Edo, we are very clear; we must be the economic hub of the nation within the next three years”.
Earlier in his address, NUJ Edo state council chairman, Comrade Roland Osakwe commended Mr. Godwin Obaseki, for the on-going rehabilitation of roads across the state. Osakue said that the people of the state were happy with the governor’s developmental strides and the bold steps taken within the first few months of his administration.
He said that the rehabilitation works had shown that his administration was for all and not selected privileged individuals.
‘’The NUJ and indeed every good people of the state is happy with your bold steps in revamping the economy of the state.The policy trust of your administration which is to grow the state’s economy and provide jobs for the teeming unemployed youths is well received by the union and we can only encourage you to pursue it to its logical conclusion’’ he said.”
The Union boss however, requested the governor to implement the Weigh -in – Allowance for journalists working in state owned media establishment and fulfill his promise of giving the union a bus and a generator set. Highlight of the visit was presentation of plaque to Governor Obaseki on his investiture as grand patron of NUJ Edo state council.
In a related development, Obaseki made the same ascertion when US Ambassador, Stuart Symington came calling:
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has disclosed that part of his administration’s strategic plan was to ensure that Edo State becomes an economic hub through agricultural and industrial activities. This was as he received the American Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington and his team in Government House on Monday during a working visit. Governor Obaseki, who expressed happiness on the visit, said his government’s plan for development was to build on the foundation laid by his predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
“I will consolidate on the work of my predecessor who has changed the fundamental landscape of the state. Coming in as an opposition, we worked hard, built trust, and helped to open economic space. The agenda is to consolidate on the work we started eight years ago.”
Meanwhile, the governor also expressed optimism that economic activities would thrive in the state because of its central location in terms of major infrastructure, gas and electricity.
On his part, the Ambassador, Stuart Symington, who commended the governor for his good work, said the purpose of their visit was to ascertain how Nigerians are working together to solve the challenges of their country. He added that America is determined to support Nigeria so that the development enjoyed in other parts of the world could be replicated in the country. The consul general and other embassy officials accompanied the ambassador during the visit.