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Ocean Ambassadors Foundation moves to grow Nigeria’s maritime sector

Ocean Ambassadors Foundation moves to grow Nigeria’s maritime sector

· Begins Catch Them Young Programme

· Announces date for First Nationwide Maritime Quiz

The first nationwide maritime quiz for secondary school students in the 774 local government areas of Nigeria will begin on Monday, September 14, 2020.

‘’The vision is to get the upcoming generation to be interested in the maritime sector and to carve a niche at an early stage’’ a statement from the Office of the Executive Director of Ocean Ambassadors Foundation said.

Signed by Olaitan Williams, the statement spelt out the mission of Ocean Ambassadors Foundation and the purpose of the virtual quiz.

‘’The mission is to have a nation that will eradicate joblessness through the vast untapped opportunities in the maritime sector’’

The statement emphasized what the foundation is doing to improve the manpower in the maritime industry

“Ocean Ambassadors Foundation is working very hard to bridge the gap between human capital needs and the available manpower in the country’s maritime sector. Ocean Ambassadors Foundation has noticed the gap between the human capital needs and the available manpower in the maritime sector which has led to the infiltration of the maritime space by foreigners with its attendants economic consequences’’

To arrest the ugly trend, the statement said Ocean Ambassadors Foundation developed a strategic action plan to catch them young in the maritime sector.

The theme of the competition is: ‘’School to Sea Campaign’’

The statement said the competition would focus on various aspects of maritime.

‘’The First Nationwide Maritime Quiz shall take place online. Participation is open to SS1-SS2 students nationwide. The participants can participate in the quiz from any place with the use of computer, laptop or mobile phone with an internet connection. Participants will be provided certificate of participation. There are exciting prizes to be won. The medium of language shall be English’’ the statement said.

‘’There will be preliminary round on Monday, September 14, 2020. The semi-final stage will take place on Tuesday, September 15 while the final contest will take place on Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Winners will be announced on Thursday, September 17, 2020’’ the statement added.

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SEN. TINUBU PRAISES SANWO-OLU ON EDUCATION REFORM, AS LAWMAKER DONATES 10,000 DICTIONARIES TO LAGOS SCHOOLS

LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT

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SEN. TINUBU PRAISES SANWO-OLU ON EDUCATION REFORM, AS LAWMAKER DONATES 10,000 DICTIONARIES TO LAGOS SCHOOLS

•Governor: ‘New Era Project Has Left Lasting Footprints In Lagos’

The Spelling Bee Competition held yearly for secondary school pupils across Lagos State has left lasting legacy and positive footprints on education in the State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said on Wednesday.

The Governor said the competition, since inception in 2000, had promoted access to quality learning which offered secondary school pupils from humble backgrounds an opportunity to be on the same education pedestal with their mates from rich homes.

He said the English language competition had come of age, transforming lives through revolutionary changes it brought to public speaking and vocabulary spelling.

Sanwo-Olu spoke at the official handover of 10,000 units of Spelling Bee dictionaries freely distributed to public schools across the State by New Era Foundation – the organiser of the Spelling Bee Contest.

The Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), is the pet project of the former First Lady of the State, Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu, who is now a third-term lawmaker representing Lagos Central in the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly.

The Governor and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, personally took delivery of the education materials from Sen. Tinubu at an event held at the State House in Alausa.

Sanwo-Olu said: “The story of the New Era Foundation has been revolutionary in the education sector since its inception. I have personally been part of the New Era Foundation family for decades and I’m opportune to witness how this simple seed germinated to transform the lives of young people through education and value reorientation.

“The Foundation has trained and mentored several young people who have excelled excellently in various fields of knowledge. There have been several First Class graduates that have been produced from this simple intervention of the Spelling Bee Competition, giving them opportunity to showcase their knowledge in different parts of the world.

“Through this project, many young people from various humble backgrounds have had opportunity to transform their lives and business environment. We will continue to appreciate the progress this novel idea that our mother has brought to us in education in the last 20 years.”

Sanwo-Olu described the Senator as “a caring mother” in Lagos education family, reiterating his administration’s commitment to working with the Foundation to further initiate actions that will help the Government to solve challenges bedeviling education in the State.

He said the State Government would continue to create development opportunities for public school pupils, adding that public speaking and diction tasks would be bolstered across schools to imbue confidence in students in Government schools.

Sanwo-Olu praised the former First Lady for the donation of the dictionaries, saying English learning remained a strong tool that could define what students become in future.

He said: “The donation is simple but historic. This is another demonstration of Sen. Tinubu’s love for our children and education system. We will see the footprints of this intervention both in primary and secondary schools, because English learning is a strong tool that can define what students become in future.”

Sen. Tinubu gave a pass mark to the Sanwo-Olu administration on teachers’ training and retraining, saying the effort had improved the delivery of quality education in Lagos.

The lawmaker said the Spelling Bee contest was not the Foundation’s only intervention initiated in education in Lagos. She said the NGO had supported Lagos Government in school renovation, and provision of learning materials and laboratory equipment.

She said: “I must commend the administration under the leadership of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the stride achieved in education within a short period. It is worthy of mention that the training and retraining of teachers has boosted morale and improve service delivery. This effort and many other interventions by successive administrations have improved academic rating of our public schools.”

Sen. Tinubu urged the Government to beam a special focus on education to prevent the Coronavirus pandemic to erode the progress recorded since 1999.

The timing of the dictionaries’ donation, the lawmaker said, coincided with the 20th anniversary of the Foundation and the Spelling Bee Competition, pointing out that the NGO has been nurturing young people to lead social change and achieve their potential through targeted education and leisure activities.

She said: “Today, we are donating 10,000 copies of the Spelling Bee Dictionary to the State Government. The dictionary contains all words used in the Spelling Bee competition from its inception to date. It is our hope that it will help improve vocabularies and dictions of the public school children.”

Sen. Tinubu urged wealthy citizens and corporate organisation to partner with the Government to ensure essential requirements needed in the education sector are provided, stressing that the responsibility of educating the society must not be left to the Government alone.

Miss Boluwatife Tijani, a student of Vetland Senior Grammar School in Agege, expressed words of appreciation to Senator Tinubu on behalf of the public school children in the State.

The dictionaries comprise words being used in primary and secondary classes.

Other top Government officials at the event included the Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, Special Adviser on Education, Hon. Tokunbo Wahab, and chairman of State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King, among others.

SIGNED

GBOYEGA AKOSILE

CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY

JULY 30, 2020

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APC chieftain praises the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Femi Gbajabiamila and the member representing Surulere Constituency 1 in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon Desmond Elliot for creating opportunities for the people

APC CHIEFTAIN TASKS NIGERIANS ON UNITY, DEVELOPMENT

· URGES ISLAMIC FAITHFUL TO SUBMIT TO ALLAH’S COMMAND

· SCORES GBAJABIAMILA, DESMOND ELLIOT, SULAIMAN YUSUF HIGH

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Taiwo Alao, on Thursday emphasised the need for Nigerians to love more deeply and to live together in peace and harmony.

He also praised the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Femi Gbajabiamila and the member representing Surulere Constituency 1 in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon Desmond Elliot for creating opportunities for the people.

‘’The contributions of the Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, member representing Surulere Constituency 1 in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon Desmond Elliot and the Vice Chairman, Surulere Local Government, Hon Sulaiman Yusuf to the development of Surulere are impossible to estimate. They have the interests of all in mind’’ the astute politician said.

In his message on this year’s Eid-el-Kabir festival, Alao urged Muslims to hold on to Islamic tenets and the teachings which the Qur’an and Sunnah emphasize.

‘’The teachings of Islam emphasise that we live with one another peacefully’’ he said.

Popularly called Tolani Twins, the APC chieftain reminded the good people of Lagos State of hope, passion and joy in the midst of despair.

He advised Islamic faithful to submit to Allah’s command.

He also appealed to them to develop the spirit of brotherliness and love, identify impoverished persons in their communities and give them the opportunity to partake in the sacrificial feast.

Alao listed obedience, faith, sacrifice, thankfulness, generosity, peace, love for neighbours and training as major lessons from the sacrificial feast.

He enjoined Nigerians to work together in unity.

‘’Nigerians must stop viewing themselves in divergent lines. They must stop emphasizing their differences. They must contribute towards the unity, stability and progress of the country’’ he said.

Alao, in the statement released in Surulere and made available to local and foreign journalists, urged Muslims in Nigeria to continue to show support for the Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, member representing Surulere Constituency 1 in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon Desmond Elliot and the Vice Chairman, Surulere Local Government, Hon Sulaiman Yusuf in order to move Nigeria especially Surulere to greater heights.

He urged members of the political class in the country to address the needs of young people, particularly those facing hopelessness, joblessness and poverty.

Ending the message, Alao said ‘’I wish all Nigerians joyful Eid-el-Kabir celebration’’

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SANWO-OLU APPROVES N1BILLION SEED CAPITAL FOR TOURISM BUSINESS

LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT

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SANWO-OLU APPROVES N1BILLION SEED CAPITAL FOR TOURISM BUSINESS

•Grants Three-Year Waiver On Penalty For Land Use Charge Defaulters

•Lagos Governor Meets Business Leaders

With the approval of N1 billion seed capital for investment in tourism, Lagos State is set to drive a new growth in hospitality business. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced the approval of the loan on Wednesday at the 6th Lagos Corporate Assembly held at the Banquet Hall in the State House, Alausa.

The Governor said the investment was required to bolster the hospitality sector by providing key operators in tourism business with soft loans to boost their capacity in driving growth. The initiative, Sanwo-Olu observed, is necessary to position tourism business as a new frontier for job creation and economic prosperity in the post-Coronavirus era.

The seed capital will be domiciled in the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), the Governor said, adding that the funds will be made available specifically to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) operators in the sector.

The Governor said the State would also be collaborating with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to further create access for fund to support the hospitality business.

The event with the theme: “BOS Meets Business, was attended by the captains of industry, manufacturers, and members of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN).

Besides, Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the State had started the first phase of the 6,000km optical fibre being laid across Lagos, with the aim of providing technological infrastructure to support MSMEs.

He said the State had continued to strengthen its Ease of Doing Business policies to drive private investment and economic growth. This, he said, is being made possible by the digitisation of business registration and asset acquisition processes, which, he said, removed administrative bottlenecks.

He said: “We have just given approval for N1 billion support that will be given out through the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund to support hospitality business in the State. The beneficiaries of this fund will go through screening in line with the requirement of the agency. We are making this investment because of the huge potential for job creation and inclusive growth this sector can bring about.

“We will be working with the CBN for more funding to fully develop the potential of our tourism sector. This effort is being completed with the rolling out of 3,000 km optical fibre across the State to provide technological infrastructure for the MSMEs whose operations would depend on fast Internet networks to drive their businesses.”

With Lagos’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP) valued at $130 billion and over three million Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), which make the State the fourth wealthiest city in Africa, Sanwo-Olu said it was time for the State to strengthen its economy with right policies for accelerated growth and prosperity.

The Governor said there will be a review of the dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed in the State by the Federal Government in response to requests by businesses across the State, noting that the ongoing rehabilitation of major bridges and roads had impacted business activities in the State.

Sanwo-Olu said the repeal of 2018 Laws on Land Use Charge was to further create incentives for more growth in the corporate sector, stressing that the new Land Use laws had addressed controversial provisions and remove ambiguity in the levies paid by companies in Lagos.

The Governor granted a three-year waiver on penalty for those that defaulted the payment of land use charge from 2017. He also offered a 25 per cent discount for those who make early payment of the Land Use.

He said: “We are granting a waiver of three years in late payment, which covers 2017, 2018 and 2019. We are also giving 25 per cent special discount on early payment. By this, we have achieved a 48 per cent reduction for businesses in chargeable rates by repealing the 2018 Land Use Laws.

“We are taking these steps to show that we are not being insensitive to the plight of businesses and residents, especially in this period of pandemic that have slowed down activities. We have been doing everything possible to make sure businesses are not choked by taxes.”

Sanwo-Olu told the business leaders and MSMEs operators to see his administration as a “real partner” in driving growth. He said the Government would continue to introduce more incentives to strengthen its partnership with the private sector to keep Lagos economy on the path of growth.

Representatives of corporate organisations praised the Governor for the reviews of the Land Use Laws. They, however, called for harmonisation of taxes and levies payable to the Government.

Deputy President of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Chief Olawale Cole, hailed the State Government for the three-month moratorium given to MSMEs, noting that the incentive would stimulate more commitment in the sector.

Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Corporative, Dr. Lola Akande, noted that Lagos Government had taken steps since the last meeting with the Organised Private Sector to sustain the momentum of growth.

She said: “We recognise that creating an enabling business environment is the key to job creation, poverty eradication and growth of the State economy. Lagos State is positioned to support businesses and industrial sector to maximise their potential for greater contribution to the State’s GDP.”

SIGNED

GBOYEGA AKOSILE

CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY

JULY 29, 2020

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SANWO–OLU APPROVES APPOINTMENT OF NEW MEMBERS OF GOVERNING COUNCILS FOR LAGOS TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS

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SANWO–OLU APPROVES APPOINTMENT OF NEW MEMBERS OF GOVERNING COUNCILS FOR LAGOS TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved the appointment of Chairmen and Governing Council members for four State-owned Tertiary Institutions: Lagos State University (LASU), Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Lagos State Polytechnic and Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED).

In a statement signed by the Lagos State Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri- Okunola, the Governor said the tenure of Office of the newly appointed Governing Council members would take effect from 1st August 2020, following the expiration of the tenures of the former Governing Councils. The tenure of Office of the Institutions’ Chief Executive Officers shall remain as provided in relevant Laws.

Importantly, the Head of Service noted that the tenure of the newly appointed Chancellor of the Lagos State University, Professor Gbolahan Elias, SAN, would become effective from 16 September 2020 when the tenure of the incumbent Chancellor, His Excellency Honourable Justice George Oguntade would have expired.

Governor Sanwo-Olu thanked members of the outgoing Governing Councils for their commitment and meritorious service to the State.

While congratulating the newly appointed Governing Councils members, he expressed his appreciation and delight at the willingness of the new appointees to serve the State and help build on the achievements of the outgoing Councils.

He maintained that the newly appointed Governing Council Members had been carefully identified based on their individual track records in their respective professional fields, adding that he had no doubts about their capacity to move tertiary education in Lagos State to Greater Heights.

The newly appointed Governing Council Members are:

LAGOS STATE UNIVERSITY (LASU)

1. Professor Gbolahan Elias, SAN – Chancellor

2. Prof. Adebayo Ninalowo – Pro-Chancellor/ Chairman

3. Professor Shafiudeen Amuwo – Member

4. Mrs. Adenike Yomi-Faseun – Member

5. Dr. Adetugbobo Hakeem – Member

6. Mrs. Sule Tolani – Member

7. Mrs. Folasade Adesoye – Member

8. Mr. Karl Tokun Toriola – Member

9. Mr. Kunle Soname – Member

10. Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii – Member

11. Mr. Adebayo Akinsanya – Member

12. Mrs. Mojisola Tolagbe Taiwo – Member

13. Mrs. Morenike Williams – Member

14. Mr. Anuoluwapo Esho – Member

15. Mrs. Foluke Abdul-razaq – Member

ADENIRAN OGUNSANYA COLLEGE OF EDUCATION (AOCOED)

1. Prof. Nuru Olasupo – Chairman

2. Mrs. Riskat Akiode – Member

3. Dr. Olaolu Mudashiru – Member

4. Mr. Wole Ajifowoke – Member

The other tertiary Institutions include:

LAGOS STATE POLYTECHNIC

1. Professor Rasheed Kola Ojikutu – Chairman

2. Dr. (Mrs.) Awonuga, Abiola Olawunmi – Member

3. Bldr. Saabi Olakunle Alaba – Member

4. Mr. Habeeb Aileru – Member

5. Prince Olusegun Ogunlewe – Member

6. Mrs. Iyabo Kuteyi – Member

MICHAEL OTEDOLA COLLEGE OF PRIMARY EDUCATION (MOCPED)

1. Alhaja Sekinat Yusuf – Chairman

2. Mrs. Victoria Mopelola Perigrino – Member

3. Mrs. Folashade Agbalajobi – Member

4. Hon. Toun Adediran – Member

5. Mr. Johnbull Adebanjo – Member

6. Dr. Waliu A. Ipaye – Member

Signed

Gbenga Omotoso

Commissioner for Information and Strategy

29th July, 2020.

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SANWO-OLU CONGRATULATES OBANIKORO AT 60

LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT

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SANWO-OLU CONGRATULATES OBANIKORO AT 60

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has congratulated a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro on the occasion of his 60 years birthday celebration.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile on Tuesday described the former Nigeria High Commissioner to Ghana as a seasoned politician and an administrator, who used his positions for development of Lagos State and Nigeria at large.

The Governor said Senator Obanikoro contributed immensely to the growth and development of Lagos State as a council chairman, commissioner, distinguished Senator and minister.

He said: “Senator Musiliu Obanikoro started his political journey with the progressives, later pitched tent with the opposition but as a true supporter of progressive ideals, returned to the All Progressives Congress where he’s currently contributing his quota for the progress of the party.

Governor Sanwo-Olu added that Senator Obanikoro made great achievements as council Chairman and as Commissioner for Home Affairs and Culture between 1999 and 2003.

“During your four years in the Senate, you contributed immensely to legislative business in the Red Chamber. As Senator, you proposed motions on the surge and overflow of the Atlantic Ocean along the Bar beach shoreline, to protect Lagos State from the menace of flood and resolution of the clash between men of the Nigerian Police Force and men of the Nigerian Army in Lagos State.

“We cherish your worldview on democracy as system of government established for the attainment of sustainable development for the people. As a true democrat, in February 2015, you were among the senators who urged then African Union chairman, President Olusegun Obasanjo, to use military force if necessary to restore democracy in Togo.”

“As you celebrate your 60th birthday, I pray that God will increase you in good health to enable you render more service to humanity.”

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GBOYEGA AKOSILE

CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY

JULY 28, 2020

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2020: Edo Youths warn Oshiomhole

2020: Edo Youths warn Oshiomhole

· Say former APC National chairman working against God

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Youths in Edo State on Tuesday expressed gratitude to Governor Godwin Obaseki for taking the state out of the woods and placing it on the world map for good.

They also thanked him for running a transparent and accountable government.

“Governor Godwin Obaseki has performed excellently to the envy of Adams Oshiomhole and other foes. He has not misappropriated public funds and will never do it” the young men and women under the aegis of the Edo Youth Movement said.

Chairman of Edo Youth Movement, Dr. Gabriel Obanor in a statement in Benin said the youths eulogized Obaseki for being above board in the discharge of his duties.

The statement commended Obaseki for pursuing justice, creating opportunities for them and providing meaningful developmental projects across the state as well as ensuring equity and fairness in appointment to political offices.

“Governor Godwin Obaseki wants to make Edo State prosperous. He is moving with great zeal and vigour to make the difference.”

The youths advised Oshiomhole and his co-travellers to define the objectives and strategies of their political campaigns more clearly than degenerating to abuses, lies and wild allegations.

“We have a governor with a listening ear. We have a governor that is committed to the development of the state. We have a governor that is providing responsible, accountable and transparent leadership to the people.

They thanked the governor for embarking on measures to protect the environment and making it safer for the people.

They also congratulated the governor for the massive infrastructural development Edo State has witnessed in the last forty three months.

“Governor Godwin Obaseki has over time built for himself the integrity for redeeming promises made to the people. He will continue to work for the interest of the good people of Edo State”

Particularly, the youths praised Obaseki for his honesty and bravery in the management of the state as well as his inclusive strategy.

The youths appealed to the electorate to vote the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), saying Oshiomhole and his associates are working against God and the good people of Edo State.

“Edo State is not a breeding ground for irresponsible politicians, dissidents and men who know little and care more about their selfish interest. Governor Godwin Obaseki will execute more people oriented programmes in his second term” the youths said.

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Obaseki is the most reasonable in the history of Edo State – Benjamin Atu

Obaseki is the most reasonable in the history of Edo State – Benjamin Atu

Senior Special Assistant on Media to Edo State Deputy Governor, Mr. Benjamin Atu, on Monday accused former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole of spreading lies.

He also deflated allegations leveled against Governor Godwin Obaseki by Oshiomhole, saying the governor is running a government based on honesty and fairness.

“In Edo State, the people have seen hopes maturing to reality. War on crime has been declared and that fight has been won. The rule of law is respected in Edo State. Public servants are properly paid. The government has put smiles on the faces of the people by executing policies and programmes that have direct impact in the lives of the people. The government has invested in education, health; sports, rural development, security, infrastructure, energy and agriculture and the benefits are there for all to see. ”

Atu spoke in Benin when some youths visited him in his office.

He described as irresponsible the campaign of calumny by Adams Oshiomhole and his associates.

‘’Governor Godwin Obaseki is the most reasonable in the history of Edo State. In forty three months, Governor Godwin Obaseki has much to look back to with pride. In his pursuit of integrity and dignity, he has never compromised. In forty three months, he created a new image for the state. In forty three months, he freed millions trapped in the prison of poverty. Today, the state’s economy is growing. The budget is well implemented. The cabinet is all inclusive. Corruption has been tackled head-on” he said.

The senior media dismissed the recent statement of Adams Oshiomhole on modular refinery and consultancy.

“The statement is wide, off the mark and misconceived. It is also extremely contradictory in a number of areas, thus exposing the high level of ignorance of Adams Oshiomhole about the true state of affairs in Edo State.

He advised Oshiomhole to be more decent with his choice of words.

“The good people of Edo State have reasons to be grateful to Governor Godwin Obaseki for his contributions to the growth and development of the state. There is improvement in the lives of the people. The number of unemployed young adults has reduced’.

Atu extolled the virtues of the governor, emphasizing that his visionary, exemplary and transformational leadership has taken Edo State to an all-time high level since 2016.

“We know that posterity will be on the side of Governor Obaseki for the good works he is doing in Edo State just as we know that the founding fathers of the state believe he has surpassed their expectations in less than forty three months.”

Atu said like a pathfinder, the governor within forty three months charted a new course of development for the people of Edo State.

“His Excellency, Governor Godwin Obaseki, is passionate, emotional and sensitive. He is dedicated and fearless. He is a fighter for good governance and transparency. He is the born leader of the masses”.

Atu spoke on the governor’s dogged commitment to principles in the practice of politics, the rule of law and the best democratic tradition of fairness and justice.

“Governor Godwin Obaseki believes in merit and places priority on the welfare of the people. His administration follows due process in the award of contracts. Edo State has never had it so good in terms of provision of amenities and infrastructure since the creation of the state” he said.

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Why Ize-Iyamu will never be governor, by Edo Elders

Why Ize-Iyamu will never be governor, by Edo Elders

· Restate opposition

Piqued by the political violence near the palace of the Oba of Benin on Saturday, prominent leaders in Edo State on Sunday carpeted the All Progressives Congress (APC) for creating crisis in the state.

They also commended Governor Godwin Obaseki for the feats recorded in the state.

In a meeting in Benin, the leaders resolved to remain firm in their opposition to Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Gani Audu.

The 160 member forum pointed accusing fingers at some APC chieftains in the state, who they alleged were engineering political violence with a view to destabilizing the parts of the state which rejected the APC gubernatorial candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his running mate, Gani Audu.

‘’Godwin Obaseki and Phillip Shaibu dislocated the support base of APC chieftains in Edo State’’ the elders said.

In a statement after the meeting in Benin City, the leaders called on political associates of former APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the party’s gubernatorial candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu to understand the processes of political development and change.

Particularly, the leaders appealed to the youths in the state not to allow themselves to be used by disgruntled politicians to cause mayhem that could derail the electoral process.

Signed by Chief Innocent Momoh, the leaders alleged that some APC chieftains were masterminding crisis in the state continually for political reasons.

Referring to the ugly event near the palace of the Benin monarch, the leaders alleged that supporters of Oshiomhole and Ize-Iyamu fired deadly weapons at the good people of Edo State.

The leaders also emphasized Obaseki’s firm control over the political machinery of the state, the solid network of allies that he has and the followership he is attracting based on his performance and leadership style.

They urged Ize-Iyamu to clear himself of the corruption charges by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and statements credited to the former APC national chairman.

‘’There had been a lot of questions about his past records and he should be ashamed that his name is mentioned in relation to corruption, of wrong doings and improper behavior in this country. He has to claim responsibility for his past actions and seek forgiveness from the good people of Edo State’’.

The elders from the eighteen local government areas said they reinstated their position taken last month in Auchi.

‘’Ize-Iyamu is not the kind of creature that the state wants. Pastor Ize-Iyamu will not be the governor of Edo State’’ the leaders said.

The notable leaders under the aegis of the Edo Elders Forum (EEF) have been in forefront of the anti-electoral violence campaign ahead of the September governorship election