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August 31, 2016
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/08/c639905b8e57049f554e639bbcd0ca44_view.png[/img] APC candidate in upcoming Edo election, Godwin Obaseki – Voters in Ovia South West local government area of Edo state who have intentions of voting against APC candidate in the governorship elections slated for September 10 have been warned to drop the idea – The traditional ruler in the area, HRH Patrick Igbinidu has threatened that anybody who votes against the candidate, Godwin Obaseki will be visited with an ancestral curse – Obaseki has said he would reward the loyalty of electorates in the area if they indeed vote massively for him A traditional ruler in the state, the Iyase of Udo Kingdom, HRH, Patrick Igbinidu, has warned all his subjects not to vote against the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the September 10 Edo election. The monarch threatened on Tuesday, August 30, when the APC ward campaign train made a stop at Udo, Ovia South West local government area of the state, that voting against Obaseki would promptly incur the wrath of the ancestors of the land on such a person. While stating that the plan to develop the state must be realised, the monarch said, “We have sent him on an errand and we are praying to God to grant him success as the governor and we know whatever he has promised to do, he will do. “I’m very happy that he is ready to take over governance from Oshiomhole, we know that whatever Oshiomhole has started Obaseki will finish and also improve on them.” HRH Igbinidu then declared that, “All the nooks and crannies of Udo should be told that it is Obaseki that we will vote for as the next governor after Oshiomhole. “You all have seen it, this is who the Udo people should support, who said he won’t vote for him, he should wait for the ancestors. The entire Udo kingdom should vote for him and anyone who gives his votes to another person is on his own.” In his speech, the APC candidate, Godwin Obaseki, thanked the monarch for his immense support for the administration of Governor Adams Oshiomhole and said attention would be given to the community to improve the standard of living in the area. He said he would utilize the resources of the community to the benefit of the people who he noted will be empowered and strengthened to be self dependent.‎ Meanwhile, The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Edo Region 13 headquarters (Trinity Sanctuary) in Benin City has been converted to the PDP campaign office of Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the September 10 Edo election. Banners of the PDP and its candidate adorn all the walls of the church, only the altar is spared the adornments. Regional Pastor of the Church in Edo State, Pastor James Dagunduro and other ministers in the RCCG, who should preach Christ and convert sinners now preach Ize-Iyamu on the altar.

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November 28, 2016
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/11/4a5f680c87d2bb097ec616f58196e841_view.png[/img] Godwin Obaseki - Governor of Edo State The Edo State government has entered into partnership with the World Bank, Ministry of Finance, as well as Ministry Budget and National Planning, to enable it efficiently execute its poverty reduction schemes. A statement by the chief press secretary, Mr John Mayaki, said the partnership was a fallout of the visit of the state governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, to the three organisations at the weekend in Abuja. At the World Bank, the governor sought the input of the institution as the state prepares its 2017 budget. He said the bank would provide a lot of technical support to the state in sectors that could accelerate economic progress and job creation. “I am at the World Bank, and you know they have been very active partners in the governance of the state and so as we prepare for 2017 budget, we need to have conversations with them on some areas of support and to also express our gratitude for their intervention since the last eight years. “We believe that the World Bank would be of tremendous assistance from budget conception through technical support for some of our initiatives. We have for instance facilities for agro-processing zones which we intend to harness; we have facilities to support technical education which we have come to access and we have a whole lot of initiatives which we discussed and hope to also access. “In fact the recession itself provides opportunity and that means we now have to look inwards since we are not able to raise the amount of foreign exchange as we had in the past to import the goods and services we need. For instance, we used to spend about $15 billion importing food to the country and we want to make Edo state one of the centers for food production in Nigeria,” Obaseki pledged. Lead Procurement Specialist of the Bank who represented its Country Director, Chief Bayo Awosehunsi lauded the governor’s credentials, saying Mr. Obaseki is not a rookie when it comes to administering a state. He said the Bank would extend a facility to the state to enable her take care of development issues. “The governor is not new to governance. He is also a technocrat and he understands what it means to govern a state. His programmes are very laudable in the area of education and job creation and the mission of the bank is to actually fight poverty and to expand prosperity. So, we believe we have a good partner to work with. “Before his administration we had engaged the government in the area of improved governance; education, project support for his economic policies. He has asked for the last phase of the Development Policy Operation DPO. So, we are going to continue to work with him to release that fund so that he can use it to address any development issue in the state”, he said. By: Ezekiel Enejeta

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January 27, 2017
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/01/5c69a9950b206849f11ac64eb3f52407_view.jpg[/img] Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo on Thursday swore in Justice Esohe Ikponwen as the substantive Chief Judge of the state. Speaking during the ceremony at the Government House, Benin, Mr. Obaseki said that every government must recognise the importance of the judiciary. He said that the achievements recorded by the Oshiomole-led administration were due to the harmony which existed between the Judiciary and the Executive. He urged the Chief Judge to bring to bear her wealth of experience in the discharge of her duties as a highly respected judge in the country. The governor said that her choice as the Chief Judge at a time of change in the state was remarkable as she “is known to be fair and strict in the dispensation of judgments’’. He also urged the Chief Judge to sustain and improve the harmonious relationship between judges in the state. Reiterating his administration’s readiness to invest in the judiciary as evident in the over 500 per cent increment in capital expenditure for the sector in the state’s 2017 budget, he assured that his government would uphold the rule of law. In her response, the new Chief Judge promised to build on the legacy of her predecessor and enthrone justice in the state. [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/01/3592333874c377dca80ee71d2feb6074_view.jpg[/img] According to her, I promise to be hard working, ensure speedy dispensation of justice and stand for the truth; It is the truth that sets one free. “There will be no more room for corrupt practices in our judiciary,” she said. Soliciting the cooperation of other judges, she said “we must work for the strengthening of the third arm of the government’’. She also assured of the independence of the judiciary and collaboration with other arms of government for peaceful coexistence in the state. Justice Ikponwen was born Nov. 22, 1954 and went to Anglican Girls Grammar School, Ughelli, in Delta. Mrs. Ikponwen holds an LL.B and a BL in Law in 1978 and 1979, respectively. Until her appointment as the Chief Judge of the state, she has been a judge at the state High Court since 1999. Mrs. Ikponwen takes over from Justice Cromwell Idahosa, who occupied the office from 2010 to Jan. 26, 2017. NAN reports that previous female chief judges of the state were Justices Abigail Oni-Okpaku and Constance Momoh. Dignitaries present at the swearing-in included the chief judge of Delta, members of International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Speaker of the Edo House of Assembly, Justin Okonoboh, as well as the presidents of the Customary Courts.

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April 3, 2017
[img]https://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/04/8c69681317545d90069333e079506797_view.png[/img] Governor Godwin Obaseki and French ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer The French government has expressed its desire to collaborate with the Edo state government in its efforts to boost the economy of the state by investing in agriculture and technology. This was disclosed when the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer visited the state governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki at Government House Benin City in march 31st, 2017. According to the Ambassador, “We are in Edo State to see what areas we can collaborate or do more in bi-lateral relationship. I have done financing of development projects in many parts of Nigeria, but we have not been present in the state. French Development Agency has provided more than one billion Euros in soft loan to finance projects in Nigeria, especially in the electricity sector. We are hoping to be here”. Gauer, speaking after a tour of the Lady Mechanic workshop at the Government House, expressed delight on the successes recorded by the Obaseki’s administration so far, and for creating an enabling environment for women to thrive. “I am pleased with what I saw here today. I am very impressed; ladies are doing a man’s job. This activity is to show to women that mechanic activities are a positive one as it puts food on their tables and earns them a living. We are going to invest in the state to help provide more jobs for the people”. Responding, Governor Obaseki appreciated the agency’s investment in Traffic management, Transportation, Electricity, SMEs etc. revealing that his administration was ready to collaborate with the French Government through the French Development Agency. He noted that both parties had exchanged views and contacts and that in the next few weeks, his administration would be in contact with the agencies, while he hoped that the contact would yield positive results. Meanwhile, he addressed the issue of human trafficking, saying that his administration was doing all in its power to discourage the phenomenon. By: SIMON EBEGBULEM

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September 12, 2016
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/09/dce5e88ff40269a6a5d10a262a70ddd8_view.jpg[/img] Crown Prince of Benin, Eheneden Erediauwa Sequel to the shift of Edo State governorship election to September 28 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the coronation of the new Oba of Benin has been moved to October 18, 2016. The coronation of the Oba of Benin was earlier scheduled to hold on September 26th, two weeks ahead of the governorship election that was supposed to hold on September 10th. However, the governorship election was postponed to an unspecified date. [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/09/da5f1f23c4405bfaf4fb3c667066df28_view.jpg[/img] The crown prince of Benin Kingdom Eheneden Erediauwa The earlier coronation date, according to Palace sources was fixed with the governorship election date in mind, unfortunately, the Palace was not consulted when a new date for the election was being considered. The decision to shift the coronation date was taken by the Palace so that the Benin and Edo in general will not be distracted. According to a competent source, “the fear is that, either the election will distract people from massively participating in the coronation or the coronation would do same to the election. Also, many dignitaries outside the state may not want to come to Benin City for the coronation if it is too close to the election because of security consideration. It was therefore decided that the coronation should be moved forward so that people can give both events their deserved attention” [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/09/b415c2850977ad67d8e6893f3b23d275_view.jpg[/img] Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, the crown prince of Edo Kingdom

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November 28, 2016
The General Secretary of National Union of Textile and Garment Workers of Nigeria made the appeal in a press statement on Monday. [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/11/1a468764f90bb46d252161d76bee082e_view.jpg[/img] Mr Issa Aremu Mr Issa Aremu, General Secretary, National Union of Textile and Garment Workers of Nigeria, on Monday urged ex-governor Adams Oshiomhole to shun the N200 million pension approved for him by the Edo State Assembly. Aremu made the appeal in a press statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Kaduna. [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/11/7300ae41f6eb9442df17c9895289dcb8_view.jpg[/img] “Following the trend in other states, the Edo assembly recently approved a pension benefit for a residential building worth N200million for immediate past governor of the state, while N100 million was approved for his Deputy among other benefits. “We appeal to former Governor of Edo state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to make a positive difference by not collecting the life pension benefit as approved by the state assembly. [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/11/40c0c4439dc20f9f5ff9eb5e60d9211b_view.jpg[/img] Comrade Adams Oshiomhole - Former Governor of Edo State “Comrade Oshiomhole had beaten the governors to good governance as evidenced by his globally acknowledged record of achievements as governor of Edo state. “He should therefore not join the former governors on unjust pension that is unnecessary and unsustainable in a recession. “Edo’s governance report since 2008 points to Nigeria’s renewed optimism. “Indeed we have witnessed a renaissance which defeats the old pessimism according to which nothing would work.” Aremu said the former governor must show a difference, by shunning such offers which may revert the esteem in which Nigerians view him. “This development agenda can only be further deepened and should not be supplanted with corruption.”

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February 7, 2017
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/02/9c1efdf25c21fbb6b0c1791d6f1eedd3_view.png[/img] The Edo State House of Assembly on Monday passed the state’s 2017 budget proposal of N153.18 billion. Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo had on December 19, 2016, presented a budget proposal of N150 billion to the Assembly for consideration and passage. The budget, as presented by the governor, consists of N75.11 billion for capital expenditure, while the proposed recurrent expenditure stood at N74.9 billion. The Assembly increased the appropriation bill with about N3 billion, representing 0.1 per cent increase. The Chairman, Assembly Committee on Appropriation and Project Monitoring, Damian Lawani (APC, Etsako Central), said the budget reflected the needs of the people and was designed to consolidate and complete all ongoing projects. During the consideration of the bill, N76.6 billion was allocated for capital expenditure, while N76.5 billion was allocated for re-current expenditure. The breakdown of the proposal showed that N18.5 billion, N7.2 billion, N3.6 billion and N6.034billion were allocated for the recurrent expenditure of the administrative, economic, law and justice and social sectors, respectively. Also, N5.68 billion, N47 billion and N1.84 billion and N22.09 were allocated for the capital expenditure for the administrative, economic, law and justice and social sectors, respectively. The Assembly, after the consideration of the document with amendments, passed the bill. The Speaker, Justin Okonoboh, directed that the clean copies of the bill be sent to the governor for his assent.

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April 8, 2017
[img]https://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/04/9b000ff937acd831a8784e771ee63f94_view.png[/img] Oba Ewuare II of Benin BENIN—INDIGENES of Edo North senatorial district of Edo State, made up of six local government areas, have stepped up preparations towards the hosting of the Oba of Benin, Omo N’ Oba Ewuare II. The Benin monarch is expected to undertake an appreciation visit to the communities that make up the entire Afemai or Edo North senatorial district of the state. A statement yesterday, in Benin by Alhaji Usman Abudah, the Artistic Director and Head of the Publicity Committee for the visit, said that the Palace of Otaru of Auchi, Alhaji Haliru Momoh, Ikelebe III, will host a meeting of all Edo North traditional rulers with the Benin monarch. The statement added that the Oba’s visit which is a continuation of his visits to communities in the state, was to appreciate the people for their solidarity and support during the burial of Oba Erediauwa and his own coronation. The statement noted that traditional dance troupes and masquerades from communities in Etsako West, East and Central, Owan East and West and Akoko-Edo, the six councils that make up the senatorial district, are expected to grace the occasion. By: Gabriel Enogholase

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September 14, 2016
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/09/7a5c5282dccef38e9a0cf84cfdd6092f_view.jpg[/img] The seven suspects Seven suspected criminals, who took part in kidnappings, armed robberies and pipeline vandalism in Ikorodu, Arepo and Ibafo areas of Lagos and Ogun states, have been arrested by the police. It was gathered that the suspects, who fled their camps when security operatives launched offensives against their activities, were apprehended in Edo State, where they had gone to regroup. Sources disclosed that the suspects, who were identified as Alawei Isaac, Ganpaei Amos Yieden, Abeniko Alfred, Luke Foroijoh a.k.a. Oluku, Bebetebe Akowe, Daniel Ezekiel and Pawpaw Worimegbe, were rounded up by operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT, following a directive of the IG, Ibrahim Idris, who ordered that fleeing militants from Lagos and Ogun states should be trailed and arrested. It was further gathered that the IRT operatives, led by Abba Kyari, got intelligence report indicating that the regrouping militants were perfecting plans to rob three commercial banks and also kidnap a woman from a wealthy family in Edo State. A source, who spoke with Vanguard on condition of anonymity, said that the militants had made statements and that they were mainly from Arogbo in Ondo State, but fled to Edo because they learned that security operatives had flooded Ese-Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State, waiting for them. By: Ifeanyi Okolie

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September 14, 2016
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/09/83ea7851284ba59f9fa1539b39d7a3cd_view.jpg[/img] Ize-Iyamu and Obasek SOMETHING doesn’t look right about the decision to postpone the Edo State governorship election slated for last week. This is regardless of whatever reason or reasons informed the decision for the postponement by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. But even on this there is nothing to fix the decision on. Conflicting reasons have been adduced for the postponement and the fact that no consensus can be reached on this apparently simple matter only raises suspicion about INEC’s motive for tinkering with the electoral calendar. Although the All Progressives Congress, APC, party in the State has denied any part in the decision but the State’s governor, Adams Oshiomole, was quoted as saying that the election was postponed by INEC because the date conflicted with the date for a West African Examinations Council’s exam slated for the same day. But it appears now that the fear that the election would be marred by violence, the reason given by the Police and the Department of State Security, is the main reason for the postponement. A quick look at each of these conflicting reasons would show why they amount to be mere excuses that do not justify the waste of human and material resources that went into preparations for the election. For a start, there is no reason why an election should be postponed or cancelled simply because it coincides with a public examination. The only reason this should look like and in fact is considered a problem at all is just because elections are like war operations in our parts of the world. To attend events leading to an election including campaigns is like accepting an invitation to a war. Not only is violence on full display but even the state itself shuts down public spaces and the entire country experiences a lock-down. Combat police personnel and the military are mobilised and states and the country’s borders are closed until the conclusion of the exercise. So what does this say about us and our country? We are a long way from democracy is what this tells me. This is not the way things are in other parts of the world where people could stop to vote in an election on their way to or from work. Many don’t even have to show their face at the polling booth as they could vote electronically. But here, it is a different story. Elections are a demonstration of madness exemplified by violence. It is therefore not surprising that intelligence report that the election would be violent was the initial reason given by INEC for the election. The campaign to replace the outgoing governor of Edo State has been intense. The election is being closely fought by the leading parties particularly the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the APC whose respective candidates are Ize-Iyamu and Godwin Obaseki. There have been accusations and counter accusations and abuses of all kinds among the candidates and their supporters. Depending on what side of the contest one stands, the election is expected to swing either way of these two parties. Supporters of both parties are not limited to those within the state. They extend beyond it and those people outside the state may well define the outcome of the election either in terms of how violent it gets or who eventually wins. Already, there are talks of thugs and militants acting as mercenaries imported into Edo State. The election is more or less a two horse race between the PDP and the APC whose supporters are bent on ensuring victory for their respective parties. In a sense, therefore, this election is a battle for the control of Edo State and by projection Nigeria between the two leading parties in the country today. It was the accretion of small victories from across the states and local governments in the country that ultimately transformed into national victory for the APC in its battles against the PDP in the 2015 elections. The PDP has learned from this, taken a leaf or two from its opponent and is no longer content to remain on the sideline. It is ready to take the battle to the APC that has the onerous task of ensuring security both nationally and in Edo State. This cannot be easy on the ruling party because irrespective of wherever it turns, the APC will be gored. Be it last Saturday or whenever the election is rescheduled to, any breakdown in law and order would be blamed on the APC. It would not matter whether it is responsible for such breakdown or not. As the ruling party it is responsible for security of life and property. If the last Rivers State election is any guide then there may be need for caution. But the PDP like the APC in 2015 knows it does not have to be too worried, at least not as much as the APC, about the potentially violent outcome of last Saturday’s election. It was in support of the election going ahead and has not been silent since INEC buckled, contrary to its initial bluff to carry on with the election irrespective of the warning from the police and the DSS. Thus, the PDP has been vociferous in criticising the postponement of the election. The party suspects fraud in the postponement. And you cannot blame that party if you’re familiar with its own record of election postponement. It contrived a postponement in the 2015 presidential election when all indices indicated that the election would be close but that the PDP might lose. The writing on the wall was too clear for even the blind not to see. It was in these circumstances that the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, advised against the presidential election going ahead as originally planned. He took his campaign abroad apparently to prepare the international community for the bombshell and to protect itself against any backlash from the decision. Dasuki cited security reasons for his infamous advice even when the blind knew that the party wanted to buy time to enable it make better preparations to win the election by both foul and fair means. From February 14 the election was postponed to April. But this could still not save the PDP that was beyond redemption in spite of its massive deployment of funds to bribe voters and traditional rulers. Given what Nigerians knew the PDP wanted to achieve by postponing the 2015 presidential election, it makes sense for them to worry that what looks like that is again happening under the APC. It is by no means certain that the APC wanted to influence the Edo State governorship election when INEC decided to postpone it. But there is now a large room for suspicion which makes the decision to postpone stink - By: Rotimi Fasan -