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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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November 7, 2016
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/11/48ae31cad452230a919f55196579b04c_view.png[/img] The Oba of Benin and President Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari today, November 7, 2016, began two day official visit to Edo state. According to Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, the President would during the visit commission some of the projects of Governor Adams Oshiomhole. On his arrival on Monday, President Buhari commissioned the New Central Hospital in Benin City, Edo State. Present at the occasion was Governor Adams Oshiomhole, some top members of the All Progressives Congress in the state and Edo State governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki. [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/11/cb41c740c0e129214bdaf3713b9029d7_view.png[/img] [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/11/2254806d87bf5af58f6a709a6fe9ad44_view.png[/img] [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/11/a498192ac28262abd27f6081539fa0b0_view.png[/img] [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/11/172683f842d2cae4bf27f8dc12a83a66_view.png[/img] [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/11/1b5f46a4ae75940522f9181945d4465e_view.png[/img] [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/11/e1ca22e801d3de6276fd6b6bd5b9aee5_view.png[/img] [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/11/4cda9f1453c586cb1962d4e353663174_view.png[/img] [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/11/4b668438197abd0cb6b194a8121f0abe_view.png[/img] By: Bamidele Olowosagba

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October 24, 2016
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/10/a5e3cff95cee9de75a8732a04b2aa0ef_view.png[/img] Protesters on Monday blocked the Uselu/Ugbowo section of the Benin-Lagos highway over plans by Egor Local Government Area of Edo to relocate traders. The protesters, under the aegis of Uselu Market Women Association, were resisting the directive to move to lock-up stores built by the council. The women, displaying placards, blocked both sides of the highway, preventing motorists from continuing with their trips. Some of the women said the N1.2 million charged for the stores was too expensive for them, especially given the type of businesses most of them has. The women said their problem was compounded by the action of the local council, which commenced the removal of their make shift shops on Monday. Mrs Celena Okon, one of the market women, described the council’s action ”as an act of wickedness”, in view of the current economic situation in the country. “What am I selling that you will force me to pay over a Million Naira for a single store? I believe they should consider the worth of our businesses individually. “Where do you expect a woman who sells only crayfish or tomatoes to get such a ridiculous amount of money to pay, when in actual fact most are in dire need of additional funds to grow their businesses,” Okon said. Another market woman, Mrs Imade Osifo, who described the situation as pathetic, said their decision to barricade the highway was for the world to know what they were going through. She said, “They want to force us to go into the stores and we have told them that we cannot afford the stores; that is why they are destroying our businesses.” Mrs Osifo also alleged that the council was ”insensitive to them”, especially against the backdrop of the different fees levied to allow them do business in the market. “When the plan to construct these lock-up stores came up, they (Council) told us that the prices will be pocket friendly, especially to some of us involved in petty trading. “But what do we have now, N1.2 million for a store is a price that most of us cannot afford; there is no way many of us can afford that now. “Even if the country’s economy was okay, how do you expect a woman who sells only salt and Maggi to generate such,” Osifo asked. All efforts to get authorities of Egor local council to comment on the situation proved abortive, as the Council’s Head of Service was said to be unavailable. When contacted on telephone, the Council’s spokesman, Mrs Prisca Ebvadiaro, said she was not in the position to comment on the matter. “I cannot speak on this; there is a committee that has been set up and as such, I cannot speak on it,” Ebvadiaro said. As at the time of filing the report, several motorists were stranded on the highway while other commuters have resorted to trekking to get to their destination. The women resisted attempts by the police to get them off the road. By: Ezekiel Enejeta

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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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September 7, 2016
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/09/e4d80d2c948e95ed67766cd36224e8f6_view.jpg[/img] The president and his VP, along with All Progressives Congress (APC) governors, will lead a rally supporting the APC at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, according to Edo State APC Chairman Anselm Ojezua [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/09/190ba197d2de1481f896adcc283af33c_view.jpg[/img] President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo arrived in Edo State on Tuesday ahead of Saturday’s gubernatorial election. The president and his VP, along with All Progressives Congress (APC) governors, will lead a rally supporting the APC at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, according to Edo State APC Chairman Anselm Ojezua. [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/09/7cba60abc593dc8dbd83f12bb33a8c6e_view.jpg[/img] Mr. Ojezua added that the National Campaign Council for the election headed by Lagos State Governor Akinwumi Ambode was also present for the rally. The chairman explained that the event was carefully coordinated and that he expected it to go as planned. “All logistics to ensure free movement of the visitors and party supporters across the State have also been perfected. Anytime the APC is holding a rally, there is always mass mobilization,” Mr. Ojezua said. “Once the people know that the president is coming this time around, our people would be so excited to receive him,” he added, calling on the people of Edo State to come out to welcome Mr. Buhari. [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/09/33b9fd3e264f5ead11b3fa446a076975_view.jpeg[/img] Voters will flock to the polls on Saturday, September 10, to choose the next Edo State governor. Godwin Obaseki will represent the APC while Osagie Ize-Iyamu will run on the Peoples Democratic Party ticket. [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/09/4596a2206c34b5f071d066d058189ced_view.jpeg[/img]

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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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August 31, 2016
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/08/98933c6047ca8c9dd71e2b6f7b869d3f_view.jpg[/img] Adams Oshiomole - Governor of Edo State, Nigeria. – PDP have alleged that the Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomole has mismanaged N1.4 trillion of the state resources. – PDP said the N1.4 trillion above does not include the N3.167bn bailout recently collected by the State govt or any debts taken in 2016 The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is alleging that the Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomole has mismanaged N1.4 trillion of the state resources. In a press statement signed by Deji Adeyanju, the party’s new media director, he said the N1.4 trillion above does not include the N3.167bn bailout recently collected by the State govt or any debts taken in 2016. “It is important to assess the management of Edo State’s resources ahead of the September 10, 2016 guber elections.The Edo State govt has received more than N1.4tr as allocations from the Federation Accounts Allocations Committee (FAAC) in the 93 month tenure of Governor Adams Oshiomole so far,” he said. “In addition to this, the Edo State government has increased its debt profile from N4.4bn at the inception of his tenure to N46, 289, 079, 475.93 (local) & $168,186,197.48 (external) as at 31/12/2016. The figure above does not include the N3.167bn bailout recently collected by the State govt or any debts taken in 2016. “It is saddening that there is nothing on ground in Edo to show the collection and application of such huge funds. It is worse that these funds have had no impact of the lives of its citizens. Benin City still floods every time it rains despite the collection & supposed application of N30bn for the stormwater project. This is the stormwater project for which Adams Oshiomole supposedly paid N400m to a South African Company to design. “The APC led government of Edo State has supervised the massive misapplication of Edo State funds leaving it indebted, poor & beaten into the dirt. It is the knowledge of this fact that drives the APC candidate, Godwin Obaseki, in his determination to avoid a debate with our candidate, @PastorIzeIyamu. APC is aware that a debate between the candidates will reveal the inept, chaotic approach to governance that the Oshiomole admin has brought to Edo State. “As head of Adams Oshiomole’s economic team, Godwin Obaseki cannot be separated from the failures of the last 8 years. A vote for him would be a continuation of the very sort of failure that we must depart from. These are some the things over which we must hold the APC in Edo State to account.” The party also took the opportunity to ask all Edo sons & daughters to vote for Pastor Ize Iyamu at the gubernatorial election in the state.

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August 25, 2016
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/08/e47a0c9752c416ab3c74b93f709eee22_view.jpg[/img] LAGOS, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Nigeria's naira was quoted at an all-time low of 409 to the dollar on the black market on Thursday, compared with 402 the previous day, after the suspension of some banks from forex trading made dollars even harder to obtain. [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/08/f335c5ef553174a889b3307807151a8f_view.jpg[/img] The central bank suspended nine commercial banks from forex transactions on Tuesday for failing to pay money owed to the government - although one was readmitted after making a payment. Shares in some of the banks hit dropped by up to 7.8 percent. Traders said the local currency fell due to the impact of the suspensions, compounding the dollar shortages Nigeria has been suffering due to the slump in the price of its oil exports. [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/08/c6e3a04222732c125a6989caee611f28_view.jpg[/img] "The suspension of some banks from transaction in the forex market has really increased pressure on the market," said Aminu Gwadabe, president of the bureaux de change association. Bank executives have been meeting central bank officials to resolve the forex issue as investors continued to dump their shares second day. Skye Bank fell the most of those suspended from foreign exchange transactions, shedding 7.81 percent, followed by Fidelity Bank down 3.0 percent. FBN Holdings shed 1.9 percent while Diamond Bank and FCMB were down 0.8 percent. The falls pulled the main index down 1.8 percent. On the interbank market, the currency gained 0.2 percent to close at 305 naira to the greenback with traders attributing the rise to central bank dollar sale to prop up the unit. The bank has been selling dollars almost daily to boost liquidity. [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/08/fe6ee0360148c3160f34fbd085039a11_view.jpg[/img] However, currency forwards put the naira at 344.50 to the dollar in one months' time. On Thursday, the central bank settled $152.48 million of naira futures contracts it sold in June at an exchange rate of 279 naira per dollar, further draining its reserves, which is at its lowest in more than 11-years. [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/08/1487df770b604009abbef58fd2dc77e0_view.jpg[/img] In June, the central bank abandoned its currency peg to the dollar, allowing the naira to weaken by 40 percent in a bid to attract more foreign investment. But so far trading in the official foreign exchange market has been limited as those with dollars prefer to sell them for a higher rate on the black market. (Reporting by Oludare Mayowa; Additional reporting by Chijioke Ohuocha; Editing by Alison Williams) [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/08/9a95a38b3c26d1b139ce69993faaa089_view.jpg[/img]

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August 25, 2016
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/08/3f2c1cc02cf35fb317448dbc2c0fd272_view.jpg[/img] Adams Oshiomhole - Governor of Edo State Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, has said that the people of the state are proud of the invaluable services of the Nigerian armed forces to the peace and security of the state and the nation, especially in defeating the Boko Haram terrorists. Speaking at the 18th Combat Service Support Training Week of the Nigerian Army Corps of Supply and Transport in Benin City, Tuesday, Governor Oshiomhole said, the army has gone beyond their call of duty in protecting the territorial integrity of the nation to also ensuring internal security. He said “I cannot imagine what would have become of this State in terms of security if we have not had the support of the armed forces going beyond their conventional call of duty to support the police and the State Security Service to ensure the security of our people in this State. None of us ever thought that the issue of security is far more complicated. It goes beyond defending, as they say, the territorial integrity to now dealing with internal issues of insurgency in ways that are so complicated that just a few years back many of us would never have thought of the possibility of a full-blooded Nigerian carrying out what they would refer to as suicide bombing.” [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/08/8a38f71fe6f3564d4979a39e5110066f_view.jpg[/img] He continued, “So, our armed forces have risen to the occasion. We in Edo State appreciate the fact that, but for the determination of our officers and men in uniform, only God knows which part of Nigeria that would have been under the control of insurgents, and which part would have been free. “We in Edo State are very proud of the accomplishment of the Nigerian armed forces in defeating Boko Haram. For me, defeat in this sense is in terms of the impunity and the arrogance and the confidence with which they moved freely, hoisting flags and claiming more territories and our people were on the run. I believe today, there is no doubt that it is they who are on the run, and the Nigerian armed forces have re-established the fact that we have the best armed forces in our continent.” He noted that the armed forces are also playing a stabilizing role for the nation’s democracy, adding “Democracy only thrives under the condition of peace. If people don’t have a sense of security, if they are unable to move freely without fear for their lives, even the minimum requirement of being able to vote or be voted for can be guaranteed.”