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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki on Thursday took his oath of office in commencement of his second term in office. .
Obaseki who won re-election in a landslide victory in the September 19th Governorship election in the state, was sworn in by the state Chief Judge Hon. Justice Esther Amenaghawon Edigin…
Tgr swearing in ceremony took place in Benin City, the Edo State capital and had top dignitaries in attendance.
Top on the bill were, Governor Nyesom Wike, Aminu Tambuwal, Ifeanyi Okowa and Duoye Diri, Governors of Rivers, Sokoto, Delta and Bayelsa state respectively.
Others in attendance included ; Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Former Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen, Chief Dan Orbih, erstwhile Edo PDP Chairman, current chairman, Anthony Aziegbeni, wife of Delta State governor, Mrs. EDITH Okowa, amongst others.
Speaking after taking his oath of office, Obaseki assured Edo people that his administration would effeftvly utilize resources in order to provide governance.
He added that Edo state would develop and grow a digital economy and operate a digital government.
He said, “The Unity template has the ability to help us respond to all our problems to the economic consequences of the pandemic, to deal with the challenges of insecurity and under development and to put us on the part of making Edo great again.
According to Obsseki, host government implemented core governance values during his first term in office.
“In the last four years, we have shown that there are superior ways of running a government. We have utilized core values, such as transparency, accountability, inclusiveness, prudence and core government in running governance, no wonder we are acclaimed to be a success story in good governance in Nigeria.
“Becase of our antecedents in managing resources and redefining governance and deepening the social contract between government and Edo people, we believe despite the challenges and problems we currently face, we shall overcome.
“He added that the social contract bewtteen government and the people, you the people of Edo state redefined government in the last election. And this calls for trust and reciprocity. We as a government do not claim to have solutions to all the problems.
“Let me at this Junction, commend the force dichotomy betwen what belong to the people and what belong to government. We must realise that what belongs to government belongs to the people and vice versa. It is only by bridging this dichotomy that we can deal with the reality and challenges that face our society today. This also calls for civic participation and the protection of government assets.
Obaseki went further to assure Edo people his administration would prudently manage resources accrued to the state.
“Why should we have problems getting our people to pay taxes to a government they voted for? Government does not have money of its own. The money government uses to govern and provides amenities to its people are truly money that belong to the people.
What we can guarantee you my dear people of Edo state is that we will provide value for your money, for your tax revenues by utilizing it judiciously, transparently and with accountability
“During our last term, we were able to improve access to education, better Health care, significantly upgrade our road infrastructure, commenced reforms in our civil service and justice administration, developed human capacities and created jobs, as well as improve the lives and security of people in Edo state.
“Unfortunately the coronavirus pandemic has caused significant destruction to lives and livelihood around the globe. And Edo state is not an exception. While we thank God that we have been fortunate so far, and to have relatively low infections and fatality rate, we should not let our guard down. We must continue to observe all the basic COVID-19 protocols and precursions, including social distancing, avoiding crowed places especially indoors, using face masks, frequent hand washing and seeking medical care when we feel unwell.”
He stated that Edo state would become a globally competitive economy under his watch.
“In the last four years we have changed how government work in Edo state by adopting Memorandum of Understanding, MOU and Memorandum of Association, MOA with the private sector to promote effective governance. Your government is committed to working with every citizen in Edo state and meet their well being, by ensuring that Edo state grows into a globally competitive economy, which is enabled by technology for the benefit of our citizens.
“Before the year 2025, Edo state would develop and grow a digital economy and operate a digital government. The digital government we are building would plug into the new digital age and would ensure better and efficient services to our citizens. “