Edo State Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu, has commended Governor Godwin Obaseki for transforming the state that was previously regarded as a ‘pedestrian state’, into a commercial nerve centre for business activities and a preferred destination for investors.
Comrade Shaibu gave this commendation in his goodwill message to mark the creation of Edo State and thanked the people of the state for their continuous support, steadfastness, tenacity and uncommon effort in moving the state to a new level.
“As we mark the birthday of our dear state today, our collective task must be towards uniting the state by seeing one another in terms of value and usefulness and widening our circle of compassion by embracing each other in unity of purpose and oneness of spirit. We must therefore purge ourselves of every tendency of sabotaging democracy in the state”, he said.
According to Shaibu, the administration has confronted the nagging socio-economic challenges that have bedeviled the state and hindered development since its creation, thirty years ago, and has set it on the path of continuous progress.
‘’We may not have gotten to where we are targeting to be, we are definitely not known for what we were used to; being associated with unemployment and human trafficking”,
He maintained that through God’s wisdom, the challenge of joblessness, which heightened human trafficking that almost tore the state apart, has become a thing of the past, saying “we no more compete in terms of joblessness and human trafficking, but in terms of peace and security, human capital development and infrastructure development.
“Today, through our collective efforts, the people by themselves have made Edo State attractive and our youths are now returning home to invest rather, than seeking fortunes abroad.
‘’Governor Obaseki’s administration has offered purposeful and selfless leadership in the last four years and has stabilized the economy of the state by building strong institutions, rather than powerful individuals.
“We have integrated the rural and urban communities in the state through infrastructure development and extend opportunities to those that were previously cut off from governance.
“As a government, we shall continue to impact more lives and create better opportunities and expand the political space for greater participation of our people,” the Deputy Governor assured in his anniversary message.