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Edo Community in Port Harcourt backs Obaseki-led Administration

…urges House of Assembly members-elect to sheath sword
Edo indigenes resident in Port
Harcourt, Rivers State, have pledged support to Governor Godwin Obaseki
led-administration, urging him not to be distracted by a few self-seeking
individuals working to destabilise the state.

Leader of the delegation of Edo
people residing in Port Harcourt, Mr. Greg Ogbefun, made the pledge during a
courtesy visit to the governor at Government House, in Benin City, on Tuesday.
He said members of the group were distressed by the activities of political actors harassing the governor
over his refusal to share the state’s limited funds.
He noted that the persistence
of issues relating to the Edo State House of Assembly could affect the
development of the state.
“Having waited with
anticipation to see issues disappear, we are shocked to see the situation
deteriorating and fear that this might negate the developmental strides that
have been made in the last few years by this administration. Our desire is to
see how the political differences can be resolved,” he said.

Ogbefun urged all actors
involved to exercise caution and wait for the judiciary to resolve the issue
since the matter is before the law court, adding, “We appeal to all those
fueling the crisis to allow the general interest of the Edo people come before
their personal interest as we are convinced this is the problem.”
The group said it would partner with the state government in the oil and gas sector and work with
the Obaseki-led administration, on a number of progressive ideas.
Ogbefun said, “We want to bring
our expertise to bear as the state government works with strategic partners to
have industrial parks across the state.”
In his remarks, Governor
Obaseki said his administration is building institutions and systems rather
than investing in a few individuals.

According to the governor, the
demographics of Edo State reveal that persons below the age of 29 years
constitute 72 per cent of the state’s population, adding, “We cannot begin to
take care of a few ones when we have a large population of young people to cater
He noted that his
administration was not ready to negotiate the good of Edo people with a few
interest groups who were yet to align with the achievements of his government.

“There are about 4.5 million
people in Edo, if I decide to give 50 per cent of the state’s resources to just
a few, how do we make progress? That is what the fight is all about.”
He commended the group for
coming out to support the development of the state, and assured that his
administration is open for business.

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