By Simon Ebegbulem
AHEAD of the first anniversary of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, scheduled for next Sunday, all is set for the Alaghodaro Investment Summit, which according to the state Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Mr Paul Ohonbanmu, will herald the much awaited economic boom in the state.
Ohonbanmu, who declared that Obaseki had kept his promises to the people, particularly in the area of job creation, stated: “The year has been splendid. He has worked in line with the expectations of the people. So far so good, he has not deviated from his promises. And with the steps he has taken you will see the long term results.
“His ultimate aim is to plan where Edo will be in the next six years and he has started well. He promised to create 200,000 jobs in four years and today the Edo job portal is geared towards meeting up with the 200,000 jobs he promised. One area he equally want to achieve this is in the area of agriculture which he has started and youths are being trained to become entrepreneurs. He wants to bring entrepreneurs even into the civil service”.
“Look at the work going on in Benin Technical College, he wants to open up that place so it can train man power, turning them into employers of labour. Through C-4 the world Bank has trained a lot of youths and today another training has started for youths for the purpose of job creation. The governor has travelled widely, he has met investors in Asia and as part of our one year even, we are organizing an investment summit called Alaghodaro, which means in Benin language, progress.
“So rather than emphasis on what he has done he is saying where are we going to be in the next four years or next eight year. Alaghodaro will bring in international investors and they will be grand breaking ceremony of industrial park at Ologbo. All these will go with the requisite job creation and the rest” he stated.
On why the governor is referred to as wake and see governor, Ohonbanmu explained that “ It is because of the way and manner he swiftly do things. What you never envisaged the next morning he has done it. And honestly he is working efficiently and noiselessly. So the apt description people can give to him is Wake and See Governor.
“I think it is the magical way they see things happening even without announcing it you see it happening the next morning. That is what stands him out. He does things without making noise and he is building on what Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has started because in all these floodgate of development, we have to know where these things started. We had years of locus and Comrade came and commenced development, so if we continue to have a governor doing well in this manner, Edo state in the next fifteen years would have over taken Lagos.
“Again Obaseki has demystified governance, that arrogance of power, which the PDP introduced but the APC government under Oshiomhole and Obaseki has ended it. We are seeing simplistic governance, anything he does he ensures it comes from the people so that ownership and possession of governance resides with the people”.