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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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March 18, 2017
[img]https://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/03/218ca45c4b5a9ce1ea0d183114f2a029_view.jpg[/img] Late Suleman Afegbua A grassroots politician and former Estako local government chairman in Edo state, Chief Suleman Afegbua has been assassinated by gunmen,‎ suspected to be hired assassins. It was noted that Mr. Suleman Afegbua was killed on Thursday morning, along the Benin - Auchi expressway. It was also learnt that the deceased, who hailed from Okpella community, was travelling to Benin on a convoy when he was attacked at Ogbemudia farm in Uhumwonde Local Government Area of the state. Two other persons, who were with him when the incident occurred, were also wounded by the attackers. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Edo state command, Moses Nkombe, while confirming the incident to the media said that policemen have been deployed to the area to smoke out the perpetrators. Nkombe said: “He was in a convoy going to Benin when he was attacked. He died on the spot while two others were rushed to a hospital and they are responding to treatment. “Our men are out now for the hoodlums. As we speak, our patrol team, SARS, anti-cultism teams have been sent to the area to comb the bushes around.” Meanwhile, a family source, who spoke under anonymity, said that the late Afegbua would be buried according to Muslim rites. By: Chijioke Jannah

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March 10, 2017
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/03/2246953ff54b603231ec6977adc83498_view.jpg[/img] Late Samuel Ogbemudia - Former Governor of Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has declared a seven-day period of mourning in honour of late Dr Samuel Ogbemudia, a two-time governor of Bendel State. Obaseki, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr John Mayaki, said the mourning period would begin from March 10. The governor described the death of late Ogbemudia as saddening and prayed for his soul to rest in peace. Obaseki described the deceased as “a fine military officer who helped to liberate the Mid-West region during the civil war”. He said under Ogbemudia’s administration, Bendel became a leading state in education, sports and industry. Two time Governor of Bendel, which comprised present-day Edo and Delta states, Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia, will be fondly remembered for the strong foundation that he laid to consolidate the infrastructural, social and economic development of both states. Amongst his several milestone achievements was the Mid-West Institute of Technology, which is now the University of Benin. As we mourn our great leader and father, we take solace in the legacies he bequeathed Edo State and indeed Nigeria.

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March 6, 2017
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/03/b3a76c34015e29ea55c0e030cc33682b_view.jpg[/img] The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has arrived Benin, the Edo State capital. Osinbajo’s visit to Edo State is part of the Federal Government’s effort to engage leaders of oil producing states on ways to resolve the lingering crisis in the Niger Delta region. His arrival was announced by the Presidency on its verified twitter handle @ProfOsinbajo kicks off his visit to Edo State at the Palace of the Oba of Benin.” Earlier, an aide to the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, Gloria Adagbon had disclosed the acting President’s scheduled visit to the state. Adagbon in a terse statement had said, Osinbajo’s visit was “in continuation of his engagement and consultation with the Niger Delta”. Disclosing the acting President’s itinerary, she said, “Governor Obaseki will receive His Excellency, Ag. President Osinbajo at the Airport and thereafter they will proceed to the Oba Palace to see the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II. “Furthermore, Ag. President shall hold stakeholders meeting to engage the oil producing communities in Edo State.” The acting President has so far visited Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta, Imo, and Akwa Ibom States respectively. [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/03/d4efd37521c3cce758d87b533c5130fc_view.jpg[/img] By: Seun Opejobi

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February 25, 2017
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/02/e259cb915abb7232f409b73bfcec5730_view.jpg[/img] Mr Justin Okonoboh Edo State speaker, Justin Okonoboh has escaped assassination attempt at Igueben Local Government Area of the state. The Speaker of the Edo House of Assembly, Mr Justin Okonoboh, on Friday evening escaped assassination attempt at Igueben Local Government Area of the state. Okonoboh (APC Igueben constituency) made this known when he briefed newsmen in Benin City on Saturday. He thanked his backup driver for shading him from the assassins. On my way back from my constituency at about 5.00 p.m. on Friday where I went to settle some land issues, my aide in the escort van called me from his phone that we should be on the alert that a Toyota Camry was chasing us. When we looked back, the car was behind my back up Hilux van. The Camry wanted to overtake the Hilux to block me but the driver did not allow them. The Toyota Camry struggled with the Hilux for about five kilometres and they almost crashed but did not give up. The policemen inside the Hilux van fired a shot into the air to scare them but that did not deter them as they kept chasing us. It happened around Ugbegun-Nebudin-Ujogba Road, it was when we got to the Benin-Auchi expressway they waved their hands to give us a warning. I do not know whether they are armed robbers or kidnappers but I know that only assassins will behave the way the men did. My security aides inside the Hilux said the men were armed. I have enough security aides attached to me but the challenge is that there are no vehicles to convey them when I am traveling,” he explained. The Speaker said he had reported the matter to the Commissioner of Police.

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February 13, 2017
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/02/b63740e7d0168271e6e33f592fd98443_view.jpg[/img] Gov Godwin Obaseki delivering his key note address at the 3 day worksop on Agric-business in the state. “Our vision is for Edo State to become a leading agric-business hub in Nigeria, attracting some of the biggest agric-investors, transitioning the state into a world of Agro-industrialization” – Obaseki When the Godwin Obaseki led administration during the governorship electioneering campaign promised to create 200,000 jobs, the major opposition political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made it a laughing issues and mock the Obaseki. The party said Comrade Adams Oshiomhole who is projecting Godwin Obaseki was unable to create 10,000 jobs rather he sent people into the labour market, how then will Obaseki create 200,000 jobs? The opposition party focused on the job issues and try to use it to distract Obaseki and his campaign team, but he never relented rather he continued to reiterate his determination not only to create 200,000 job but to make the state an economic hub of the nation as well as surpassing the achievement and record of the Comrade Governor. As they made mockery on the job promises, governor Obasek was busy planning, strategics and using his connection in the private sector to gather would be investors. As soon as the elections were over and he became the governor of the state, he hits the ground running as he made one giant stride travelling to China to woo investors. His critics were not too comfortable as they felt his travelling to China is another way of wasting tax payers’ money but the more the opposition made noise to distract the governor, the more he set machinery in place to actualize his promise to his people and shame his critics whose business in government is to loot the treasury of the state. Unlike the politicians who makes political promises and statement just to win election, Obaseki is a different breed who have an economic mind to run the state and was ready to prove his critics wrong by deviating from the usual political way of doing things to a new way where you make promises and you are sure to fulfill them. Obaseki is not a politician, but an economist and a technocrat from the private sector who is ready to bring his wealth of experience to bare in the public sector. Obaseki is ready to teach his detractors how to govern and utilize government resources to favour the masses rather than feeding political fathers or party leaders who had nothing to contribute to the development of the state. There is no more free lunch in government house neither is there any avenue to share government money rather the citizens should be ready to work to turn the fortune of the state around from agriculture as the Obaseki era is for industrialization. The major crops in the state include cassava, cocoa, rubber, rice/plantain, maize/yam and citrus/pineapple. Available statistics shows that the state is the second largest producer of rubber, second largest producer of oil palm, sixth largest producer of cocoa, ninth largest producer of rice and the fifteen largest producer of cassava. Edo state enjoys favorable climate condition as the state is located around the tropical region of Nigeria. It has two distinct climate seasons; the rainy and dry seasons. The rainy season is between April and October with a two-week break in August. Average rainfall is between 150cm in the far North of the state to 250cm in the South. The dry season lasts from November to April, with a cold, humid and dusty harmattan period between December and January. The average temperature ranges between 25◦ C in the rainy season and 28◦C in the dry season. Generally, the climate is humid tropical in the Southern areas of the state and sub humid in the North. The state has the potential to be an export of Agricultural products because she has most versatile soil (sandy loam) able to support cultivation of wide variety of crops and livestock; good climate condition; cultivable land (1.1 million hectares) and the state has friendly policy direction towards agricultural investors ready to do business in the state. The aim of the present administration led by Mr. Godwin Obaseki is to revolutionize the agricultural sector in the state; to address food security; employment generation; wealth creation and industrialization. Increase food availability will be one of the benefits of Agricultural investors in the state considering the caliber of investors the state has been able to attract, the land to be utilized, general agricultural activities, there is no doubt that food availability is totally obtainable within a short period of time, to ensuring Edo State becomes the food basket of the nation. Secondly, it will generate employment despite the numerous challenges caused by unemployment world over. To fight this scourge, the Obaseki led administration is committed towards tackling this challenge by introducing the investors-friendly policy direction. This development can in turn yield over 100,000 jobs in the state, affecting all classes and age group(s) of the state as companies start from cultivation to packing of products. Thirdly, the level of poverty in the state will drastically reduce. There is no magic to poverty eradication, once there is an enabling environment to thrive, investors to invest, job creation follows suit and poverty is reduced/eradicated. In the light of this development, job creation would undoubtedly lead to economic growth. The state government in the last seven years has ensured road construction in the rural areas to the urban cities to ensure easy passage of foods and services within and outside the state. This will in turn be a starting point for investors to build upon as the process will equally increase the state government revenue from taxation. Activating his action plan of making Edo State the economic hub of the nation through investment in the Agricultural sector taking our strategic position, fertile soil, almost 2 million hectares of harvest-able land spanning several vegetation, energetic manpower, Obaseki set up an ad-hoc Agricultural Committee headed by Chief Osaro Ideh. He said the major focus of the Committee is on four items which include creation of 5,000 hectares for the cultivation of maize; 10 hectares of green house of vegetables and tomatoes; 4,000 hectares of piggery farms and also government supporting cocoa farmers to improve their yields for this season which is hoped to achieve and should create between 50,000 and 80,000 jobs this year 2017. The governor said the need for this Committee at this point in time is that the administration is racing against time and wants the Committee to help the government think through and identify some specific projects which the administration must begin to identified immediately and also begin some agricultural activities before the next cropping season. “We have just three months of dry season left to undertake all the preparations required before the raining season comes in”. “If we went through the normal process of government, we may have to wait till the cabinet is constituted and if that is the case, we will miss the cropping season. I want to congratulate you on this appointment. At some point later in the life of the administration, we would constitute a full team to look holistically at all our Agricultural initiative”. In other not to miss the cropping season, governor Obaseki was able to muscle over 87Agricultural entrepreneurs in various field of Agriculture across the world to Benin City Edo State for a three day workshop to deliberate and kick start the process of Agric-business in the state. The venue; Randehki Royal Hotel in Benin City, Edo State Capital. Theme: “Harnessing Resources and opportunities to optimize Agribusiness”. Under the distinguished chairmanship of Mr. Tony Ogunbor. Agric entrepreneurs came from across the globe to cross fertilize ideas on how to make the state an economic hub of the nation in line with the Godwin Obaseki’s administration creating job through agriculture. The deliberation commenced on Thursday 26th through 28th of January 2016. A glance at the activities and programs for the event shows how successful the workshop will be as entrepreneur will have the opportunity to engage themselves for the three days they will spend together at Rankhiki Royal Hotel under the watchful eyes of the government of Edo state showing how ready they are to turn mare political statement to action and fulfilled the promises made to the people of the state. Welcoming participant to the workshop, the chairman Mr. Tony Ogunbor said the inaugural Edo State Agric-business workshop has brought participants from both within and outside the country to deliberate putting years of experience together, cross fertilize ideas, turning the outcome into government policies to move the state forward through agriculture. Ogunbor who linked the successes of development in Lagos State to the experience Babatunde Fashola brought in from the private sector to transform the public sector said the state is a model to emulate and a trend state should start adopting for economic growth. He said he has no doubt in his mind that Edo State will soon be like Lagos, as Obaseki has brought his wealth of experienced that is spanning over 30 years to bare in the state and surly the state will be better for it. “There will certainly be a great difference when you put the managerial skills acquired in the private into the public sectors”. The chairman commended the Godwin Obaseki led administration for departing from the political way of doing things, organizing a workshop of this magnitude which outcome will transform the state into an Agro-industrialization state. He said instead of lamenting or complaining, the governor has hit the ground running. “This is not the time to dive into missed opportunities but harness the agricultural potentials of the state to return the state back to its pride of place among states in the nation. In time past Edo state was in the fore front of production in oil palm, rubber and cassava but today all that are in the past but thank the governor for setting machinery in place to return Edo State back to reckoning in the nation”. He said if we develop the agric sector it will lead to industrialization. Ogunbor said despite the fertile soil in the state, oil has made us to lose focus and the ability to think progressively but commended the governor for putting a programe of this nature in place as it will change our orientation and put us back on track to think progressively to develop the state through agriculture. Allaying the fears of investors, Ogunbor express delight in the bold and decisive step taken by the governor to criminalize the activities of Community Development Association (CDA) whose activities has scare potential investors out of the state. “We thank the governor for setting out to criminalize the activities of the CDA through enacting a bill that will enable violators to be punished. The move is commendable and very inimical to investors and the development of the state. Edo state can become the food basket of the nation if agric is the centers focus. Agriculture will help grow the internally generated revenue of the state. I want to assure the governor that all the investors here are ready for business to help the government actualize the dreams”. Chairman of the Strategic Planning Unit of Godwin Obaseki led administration Prof. Julius Ihonvbere commended the government of Edo state for the Agric-business initiative which he said will increase food production, input to the industrial sector, earn revenue and foreign exchange for the State and create jobs for the teeming youths of the state. He said Agric is one of the sure sectors to create job. This is why we have called the investors as a financier to Edo; some came from Europe and America. He said the goal of the administration is to identify those who are ready to help, to begin work immediately and them to enjoy the new incentives which the governor is unveiling. “For the first time in Edo, we are computerizing the C of O issuance and making it faster and ready to provide support and work on security for farmers. We are prepared to work with communities to create a conducive atmosphere for farmers. It is a total package that the governor is unveiling to encourage investment and increase output. We have community and local government donating land to the state. So far we have over 250,000 hectars already donated voluntarily which will be made available to farmers so that there will not be excuse of land”. An Agric Entrepreneur Willma Aguele expresses delight in the step taken by Obaseki to develop the state through agriculture. “I am very happy to be here and very pleased that Edo State Government and its team are going forward to try to take Edo State out of poverty. We are happy to be part of it. We are always conscious of the fact that economic matter void of politics but I am glad that we have a state governor that is driving the process of taken Edo state to the next level”. Another Agric Investor Mr. Julius Akanoba Managing Director of PEMO Farms Limited expressed delight for the step taken by the government to empower the people and develop the state through Agriculture. He said education is necessary for farmers as it will go a long way to improve productivity. “We need to educate the farmers and associate with them as there is nothing anybody can do without education in Agriculture. Agriculture today is no longer a way of life unlike in good old days when farmers farm for only their families but today, they farm for the nation”. He said several topics have been handled here in this 3 day workshop as the resolution will be pass to the relevant authorities which has the power to translate the resolution into government policies. An indigene of Edo State who is also an entrepreneur Captain Hosa Okunbor thank the Godwin Obaseki’s administration for setting the platform through which Edo state will become developed. “Obaseki has started in a right way and the right way to go is Agriculture. Our state is well position in Nigeria, we have the land, if all worked out as planned, in two years to come we will become the Agricultural hub of the nation”. He commended Obaseki for showing the determination, zeal and commitment to move Edo State forward. “his passion for developing Edo State is never in doubt non questionable as the entire citizens are very hopeful and expect to see changes soonest “. Hosa said the governor has an Economic mind to run the state and this is what is required to drive the process of developing the state, bringing it back to its lost glory to the envy of other state. Delivering a key note address at the workshop, the Chief of Staff to Edo State Government Mr. Taiwo Akerele thank participant in the Agric-business for desiring to join the government of the state to develop it through Agriculture. He said the government is ready to invest in the Agricultural sectors to create job for the people of the state saying that the government is ready for the business of developing the state. Akerele said the government is ready to create an enabling environment for investor to come into the state to invest without fear of being harassed as the Obaseki’s administration has put modalities on ground engaging with communities that have crises with investors encouraging such communities to ensure they create the enabling environment and atmosphere for business to thrive in the state. “Edo state is an investment friendly state and the governor is investment friendly. He is set to position Edo on the part of progress as he assured the people that in 3 years Edo will be made one of the biggest competing state in the area of Agric-busniess with Lagos or Ogun State”. He urged the participants to take the workshop seriously as the Agric-business in the state is for serious investors that will join hands with the government of the state to develop the state. He wishes the participant a fruitful deliberation. Governor Obaseki who was physically present at the event was elated, his face beaming with smiles like a fulfilled general who just returned from a victorious battle, he expressed delight on the caliber of investors who honored the invitation of his government to be part of the Agric-business workshop to contribute their wealth of experience in moving Edo state forward. Obaseki said if we are going to be leaders in our region in terms of Agribusiness as we seek to be, we must question old ways of doing things and seek fresh ideas to face our current challenges. “We must continue to encourage small farm holders to improve farming practices and obtain modern technology; we must implement the policy of mechanization and commercialization using technology”. “Today Edo State is the second largest producer of rubber, second largest producer of oil palm, sixth largest producer of cocoa, ninth largest producer of rice and fifteen largest producer of cassava. Our mission is to become the largest producers of these crops within the next five years”. Obaseki said to achieve this set goals we must do things differently. “As we seek to achieve this goal, there is no better time to rethink and re-position the economy of our state. The old habit of depending on excessive federal revenue must now give way to a robust private sector driven local economy that is anchor on a solid foundation of Agric business”. He said subsistence farming of the old must now be replace with modern method as input gear towards meeting market demand and making profit for both the rural farmers and out growers on a large commercial farm. “The aging farming population must now be replaced with a new breed of innovative young and energetic farmer. We are here for action not lamentation. We are here with those who have the experience and those who are in the sector. We want knowledge driven solution, I am here today not to talk but to act and act decisively”. In doing this the governor said the strategy of the government is to provide land, make it accessible, drive agriculture from top to bottom, attract and partner with those with large capital and commercial farms because they have the capacity, capital and the knowledge to drive the business”. Continuing he said at the end of the 3 day workshop, the state will commission an Agricultural plan to deal with all the agricultural issues hindering the state from economy developing. He said the solution of the issues facing the agricultural sectors came from the presentation of discussant during the discussion sections where investors cross fertilize their idea and experience. “The solution came from the last presentation which is that we do not have an Agricultural master plan whether at the Federal or state level. All the issues we have been discussing here today would have been dealt with through the plan frame work”. Governor Obaseki said the take away for him is that immediately after this section; Edo State must commission an agric master plan. “Once the Agric master plan is in place, we now begin to tackle core issues like land, were we talked about ownership and control. It is something we’ve been struggling with, that is why we invited party chairmen at local government areas to come”. Speaking further, the governor said after setting up the Ad-hoc Committee to look at the possibility of participating in this season using the advantages of the raining season, words were sent to local government council and communities to donate land for the course as priority will be given to those who donated in our investment. “Within a week, we had received offers of almost 250,000 hectares of land. It shows that working with the communities and ministry of land we can actually create a sensible land bank”. Furthermore, he said the issue of ownership or control is something the government know and can be dealt with as she understands what the issues are. “Part of the change is the land use act and the way it’s been implemented is the part of the experience and on how to structure transactions in spite of limitations of that law. The issue of infrastructure is an interesting one because we don’t have a master”. At the end of the three day workshop the investors which were divided into groups came to government to discuss with the governor on the way for the state. Each of the groups tabled their discussions, the challenges they face, what they need to thrive in the state, the assistance the state should render, the numbers of people they can employ, how ready they are to invest in the state and the likes. The agric business has come and gone, expert in various line of agricultural business has shared their ideas on how to develop the state using their own line of business. The stage is set, the die is cast, the investors are ready, the government is ready, the result is what the people of the state is anxiously waiting to see and it is sure Edo State is set for development and development the people will see as Godwin Obaseki led administration will not fail in his campaign promises. By: RICHARD EWEKA

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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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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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January 27, 2017
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/01/d4e84f81794abfcf6eb36d8f20dd0d51_view.jpg[/img] Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State is seeking the cooperation of the Japanese government in training the youths in the state on vocational,and technological training which he said is part of his strategic plan of empowering the people. To facilitate this,the state Governor held discussions with Gaku Sato,the First Secretary Econonmic-Development co‎operation of the Embassy of Japan at the Abuja Laison office of Edo state on Thursday. Briefing news men after a session with the Japanese official,Governor Obaseki. said his administration as a key strategy of empowerment is to build capacity of the people,while informing that one of the things currently being done in collaboration with the Japanese government is to improve the technical colleges and other training facilities in the state. “This is part of why we approached the Japanese Embassy under the various bilateral agreements we have in revamping the technical schools. Speaking further on attracting Japanese Investment in the state,the Governor said,”As you Know,Japan has also a lot of experience in growing rice,and we have a large rice belt in the state and we ‎have looked at co-operating with them” “This weekend in Benin,we have over 70 investor’s in Agriculture who would be meeting with me .We are talking very direct with them and asking them of off taking our agricultural products,in addition to getting the right seeds,rice farming practices so that we could engage our youths properly”‎ Obaseki informed. On advancing investment in the Transport sector,he said,”Edo is a Transport hub,and as I discussed with the Ambassador,there are lots of Japanese companies investing in Transportation and automobile and we would be exploring that opportunity in areas of manufacturing”The Governor notes. According to the governor,”We are also intensifying efforts in the areas of Solid Minerals, as we have 200 mining licences under the solid minerals while we are working out details on how to collaborate with the Ministry of solid minerals,so that some of our raw materials could be used in producing ceramics” In his submission,Gaku Sato,said “We are already talking to Japanese business people about Edo state.For most of them Nigeria is Lagos,but we are working hard to ensure they focus attention on other states as we are already discussing on areas of investment with the governor” He said,”I am also discussing with our Japanese investors to pay attention to Edo state on areas of cooperation in training the youths and we have already set out modalities for this cooperation. Japanese companies who are into electrical appliances would also come in” “After this session with the governor,we would have seminar to invite Japanese Companies and experts from Edo states to exchange ideas and get Japanese Businessmen to be enlightened about Edo”the diplomat added. By: KAY UGWUEDE [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/01/224e8adf56e479c05571049dc8c32586_view.jpg[/img]

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January 25, 2017
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/01/69dbbc9d4d3aed27e6fc7df5c275176a_view.jpg[/img] Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo State In a concerted bid to give legal backing to the ban by the Benin Monarch on the illegal activities Community Development Association, (CDAs), Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki said a bill to criminalize their activities is underway. The governor made the disclosure when the Benin Monarch, Oba Ewuare II paid him a courtesy visit in government house on Friday in Benin. It is recalled the the Monarch immediately prohibited the nefarious activities of CDAs in Edo South senatorial district, describing their illegal actions as criminal and inimical to the development of the areas. Governor Obaseki therefore reasoned that activities of CDAs were to be taken seriously, saying order must be restored in the land administration system in the state, if the government must meet and surpass the vision of creating 200,000 jobs for the people of the state. “The activities CDAs are issues that we must face, if not, it will be difficult for us to create 200,000 jobs. “If our vision of creating 200,000 jobs will be possible then we must restore order in the land administration system in Edo State”. He disclosed that said his administration has finalized a draft bill that would be sent to Edo State House of Assembly this week which would criminalize the activities or any act of CDAs. “We have finalized a draft bill which we will be sending to the House of Assembly next week which will criminalize any act by any CDA, the statue today does not criminalize their activities. “As you know in most cases, arms are used to forcefully take over people’s properties. “And the bill which we will send will create criminal sanction for people who undertake such activities”. He assured the Benin Monarch Oba Ewuare 11 that his administration was more than determined to restore the state to its pride of place in this country, saying that state would quickly become the economic hub which she was naturally destined to be in this nation.