…Lauds Ogbeifun led Rivers State delegation for their altruistic goals***
The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki on Sunday congratulated former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and first civilian governor of Edo, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun on his 80th birthday.
Special Adviser to Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie who indicated this in Benin, highlighting that Governor Obaseki’s commendation for Oyegun’s selfless contributions to national development, even as groups continued to pay solidarity visits to the State Governor.
“On behalf of the Government and people of Edo State, I wish to felicitate with you, our beloved and distinguished leader, Chief Oyegun, the first opposition party chairman to defeat an incumbent party in a general election.”
Obaseki described Oyegun as an outstanding personality, a product of diligence, truth and hard work right from his days in the Federal Civil Service and all through his political sojourn.
“Your 80th birthday anniversary celebration affords us the opportunity to celebrate your sterling achievements, especially as a true political leader who speaks truth to power when it matters most.
“As you join the octogenarian class today, I wish you good health, more wisdom and happiness,” the governor said.
Already, an altruistic delegation from Port Harcourt, comprising of Edo indigenes from the Rivers State have also joined other patriotic bodies, to pledge their support to Governor Godwin Obaseki led-administration, urging him not to be distracted by the cacophony of voices of a few, self-seeking individuals, working to destabilize the Edo State.
The leader of the delegation, Nigeria’s maritime guru, Engr. Greg Ogbeifun stated this during their courtesy visit to Obaseki, at the State Government House, Benin City, last week, stressing the group’s great concern over worsening political development, especially, over the activities of political actors harassing Obaseki, on his refusal to share the Edo State’s meager funds.
“Having waited with anticipation to see issues disappear, we are shocked to see the situation actually deteriorating. We fear that this might negate the developmental strides that have been made in the last few years by this administration. We desire to see how the political differences can be resolved,” Ogbeifun stated, charging all stakeholders in the State, to exercise genuine restraints, in the overall interest of the people of the State, and wait for the judicial resolution as the issue was already before a competent court of law.
“We want to bring our expertise to bear as the state government works with strategic partners to have industrial parks across the state”, he indicated further, highlighting that the group comprised of key operators in the several sectors, including the oil and gas, wishing to partner with the Edo State Government on a number of mutually benefitial areas, and would not want to be distracted.
“We appeal to all those fueling the crisis to allow the general interest of the Edo people come before their personal interest as we are convinced this is the problem”.
Responding, the Executive Governor emphasized his determination not to share the state funds with vested individuals, but utilize it for the people, pointing out that the Demography of Edo State showed that youths below 29 years of age actually constitute 72 per cent of the state’s population, and their future cannot be toyed with.
“We cannot begin to take care of a few ones when we have a large population of young people to cater for.”
“There are about 4.5 million people in Edo, if I decide to give 50 per cent of the state’s resources to just a few, how do we make progress? That is what the fight is all about”, the Governor explained, and praised the River State group, for publicly identifying with the development goals of the state.