As the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration intensifies efforts to drive infrastructural development across Edo state, residents have commended his rapid road construction projects, which are opening up communities to investment opportunities.
Speaking to journalists at the weekend, the excited residents said the governor has sustained road construction in urban and rural areas to their delight and is opening up communities that were hitherto unreachable.
The residents were reacting to the road recently constructed by the governor connecting Irhirhi, Aruogba, Obazagbon, Oke-Oroma, Obagienevbosa, Ogheghe and Sapele Road bypass, in two Local Government Areas of Edo State. The 18.5km project is a link road between Benin – Sapele Road and Airport Road.
They also applauded the governor for the reconstruction of the Ugbor-Amagba road, which covers 13.8km.
According to Mrs. Rebecca Idemudia, a resident of Obazagbon community, the road construction will further ameliorate the suffering of the people.
“The construction of this road is a relief to many of us in this community. We also see what is happening in other parts of the state and we are proud to have Obaseki as our governor. He is doing really well in road construction.
“We appreciate the governor because he has turned our grief to joy; we went through a lot of pains in the past as a result of the dilapidated nature of the roads but now the story has all changed and we thank Governor Obaseki for his people-oriented projects”
“Also, his giant strides in education are commendable and we pray that God gives him the opportunity to continue the good works across Edo state. He already has the support of the people and the voice of the people is the voice of God”, she added.
A tricycle rider, simply identified as Papa Thank God, said Governor Obaseki’s achievements in the last three years has surpassed those of his predecessors.
“We can’t thank the governor enough for this road project. It has never been this good for us as a people; even the cost of living here has reduced as a result of the reduction in transport fares. I never dreamt that I will ride on a tarred road in this community having experienced many years of pains and neglect.
“When I remember how much I spend on repairs of my tricycle (keke) on a monthly basis, I have no choice than continue to pray for the governor. Governor Obaseki has continued to show his interest in the wellbeing of Edo people. It is encouraging to know that we still have leaders in this country who are concerned about the welfare of the people. We are proud of him and wish him a successful second term in office.”
Some youths from Oke-Oroma community, who declared their support to the governor’s second term bid, said they were impressed by his massive human and infrastructural development in the state.
A youth leader in the community said, “Oke-oma youths are happy that our road has been constructed and we appreciate the state government for the project. This road will improve economic activities in the area as people can now easily access this community. The governor is working and we will continue to support his government”
Gov Simon Lalong Relaxes Curfew In Plateau State
Following resolutions reached at a high level stakeholders’ meeting chaired by the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, one of which is the need for stakeholders to immediately engage their communities across the state in a systematic Peace dialogues aimed at de-escalating tension, the Government has decided to relax the curfew earlier imposed on Jos North and South Local Government Areas from 6am to 8pm as from Friday October 23, 2020 until further notice.
A statement by Chief Press Secretary, Prof. Danladi A. Atu, said the decision was reached after painstaking deliberations with critical stakeholders and careful assessment of the security situation that led to the skirmishes in some parts of the affected local government areas, last Tuesday.
Please note that the government is not unmindful of citizens’ Constitutional Rights to hold lawful assembly or stage peaceful protests as long as these are carried out within the extant laws of Nigeria. As a Government, we also appreciate the fact that these are the variables that further deepen our democracy.
However, as a deliberate approach to prevent a repeat of last Tuesday’s ugly incident where precious human lives and property were lost, the Government has for now also resolved to ban forthwith any processions and protests under whatever guise in order to safeguard the lives all citizens of the state. This is to enable the Government isolate and deal with those who are bent on disrupting the peace of the State.
By this notice, “we urge all law abiding citizens to go about their legitimate businesses without fear of molestation as government has put all necessary measures in place to ensure the maintenance of law and order across the state”.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Plateau State government has already set machinery in motion to address the demands raised by the protesters. In this light, government has constituted a Committee headed by a retired High Court Judge, Justice Philomena Lot which has since swung into action and ready to receive petitions from those who have cases.
“We sue for understanding and patience from all and sundry as government takes decisive steps to address the demands of the protesters in the coming weeks”.
“We therefore call on all citizens to avoid any action that is inimical to the overall development of the state especially those that threaten the peace and unity of our people”.
Kogi Switch To Action, Begins Rehabilitation Of Roads
Amidst coronavirus pandemic, #EndSARS protest and unfavourable economic situation in the country, Kogi State Government has defied all that and has begun second phase of grading of the 500 Unit, Ganaja Federal Road to ease the sufferings of motorists passing through the dilapidated road.
State Commissioner for Works and Housing, Engineer Abubakar Sadiq Ohere stated this while inspecting ongoing works on the site, said the grading became necessary after the first one carried out some weeks ago.
“We have began the second round of grading of roads within the 500 unit estate”.
The efforts is to ease the sufferings of commuters who are unable to still pass the major roads.
“We are concerned about the sufferings, and Gov. Yahaya Bello has directed that we Open up the alternative road”.
He said other roads in the state capital and in other parts of the Stste will follow up immediately after the rain subsides.
He thanked the people of the State for their patience and understanding, saying efforts is on to fix the Ganaja Federal Highway permanently from being cutoff Everytime the flood comes.
According to him, the initial design did not take cognisance of the heavy traffic reason why it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain.
He however said the road would be made motorable for commuters in the next few days.
Hajiya Rakiya Bullet Congratulates Barr. Tanko Over Appointment As Chairman State Civil Service Commission
Yahaya Idris, Lokoja.
A famous grassroot Woman Politician in Kogi Local Government Area of the State, Hajiya Rakiya Ali Bullet has congratulated the newly appointed Chairman Kogi State Civil Service Commission, Hon. Alhaji Chief (Barr) Muhammed Tanko Musa Osuku.
Hajiya Bullet in a statement made available to Global Times Nigeria in Lokoja, the State capital on Tuesday said the appointment is Well-deserved considering his antecedent and track records of performance.
She said the appointment is well deserved in view of his efforts in transforming the council when he served as Administrator.
Hajiya Bullet who is also the former Assistant Small Governor representing Kogi LG, thanked the Governor Yahaya Bello for the honour done to their LG through the appointment of one of their own as Chairman State Civil Service Commission, having served earlier in his cabinet, and in his previous term.
She advised Barr. Tanko to deploy his expertise on the new portfolio, which is a call to higher service and responsibility in accordance with the mandate of the governor and provide possible way to reform civil service in the State.
According to her, Barr. Tanko had worked well in his previous office and through provision of social amenities, empowerment of youths, women and the less privilege, people’s oriented policies and other programs among others.
Hajiya Rakiya Ali Bullet is optimistic of his superlative performance, while assuring of her continued prayer, support and loyalty in order for him to achieve maximally.
She assured the civil servants that Barr. Tanko will not disappoint them, call for their support and cooperation to pave the way for tremendous success as Tanko’s passion for service to humanity is unrivalled.
Hajiya Rakiya Ali Bullet and some other women group had earlier paid a congratulatory visit to Barr. Tanko at his Lokoja residence.
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