BENIN CITY – In its resolved to helping humanity particularly the downtrodden and vulnerable in the society, one of the leading Non Governmental Organisations (NGO) in the country, Kids Club Charity, recently distributed “back to school materials” to schools across Edo state.
Some of the ‘back to school items’ distributed by the NGO include School Uniforms; Sandals; books, biros and other educational materials.
The Kids Club Charity which is the brainchild of Dr. Awele Eucharia Ilobah, according to her is an NGO that is committed to catering for the less privileged and vulnerable children in the society.
The charitable organisation founded by Dr. Awele Ilobah, annually embarked on activities like kids Club inter-house sports competition for the children and giving of school packs amongst others in order to put smile on their faces.
In their separate remarks, the beneficiary schools and children expressed appreciations and commended the humanitarian gesture of Kids Club Charity for reaching out to them.
They, however, called on other NGOs to emulate kids Club Charity by reaching out to the needy and vulnerables in the society, stressing that helping the less privileged and vulnerable children in the society should be done collectively by all and sundry.
At the end of the NGO 2021 annual humanitarian services, about 20 schools were reached.
“My people perish for lack of knowledge” says HOSEA.
As a journalist, writer and social scientist I have interacted with hundreds of politicians, public office seekers, academics, civil servants, clerics, critics and scores of other individuals in Edo State. My discovery is that only a few of them keep records of Edo Government activities. Hence, majority of them don’t have accurate, compact information, knowledge and data base for undertaking proper analysis as well as critique of any government in office.
Following this development, I resolved to start documenting all Edo State Governments in power since 2007 for public consumption beginning with Comrade Adams Aliu Oshiomhole whose administration oversaw the affairs of Edo State from 2007-2016.
Materials used for government documentation are from on/offline sources, most especially reports carried in the state-owned Nigerian Observer published by Bendel Newspapers Company Limited with headquarters in Benin City, capital of Edo State. Expectedly, a reader of the documentation is provided with an authenticated, correct platform for assessing the policies programmes and projects of government; as well as the reasons, emotions and behavioural idiosyncrasies behind all government actions.
Governor Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki assumed office as Edo State Governor on November 12, 2016. His administration is currently being documented and the exercise has resulted in these momumental works below.
1.How Obaseki Became Governor In 2016
The work chronicles the hard road to the victories of Obaseki in the gubernatorial election of 2016 and in the law courts. It is a political biography of sorts that details his pains and triumphs enroute to the Governments House, Benin for his first tenure.
2.Diary of Obaseki Administration first year in office. (November 12, 2016-November 11, 2017)
The work is a dossier on Obaseki’s activities from November 12, 2016 to November 11, 2017 of his first tenure as Governor of Edo State.
3.Comprehensive Promises of Governor Godwin Obaseki to Edo People (December 1, 2015-Nove 12, 2019)
This is a compilation of all the promises that Obaseki made to the people of Edo State during the early period of his electioneering campaign in December 2015 up to November 2019, a year to completing his first tenure in office. Through this work, you gain insight into the performance index of the Obaseki administration as at 2020 when his first tenure ended using the promises he made as measuring benchmarks.
4.PUBLIC CRITIQUE OF OBASEKI ADMINISTRATION (NOVEMBER 12, 2016 – NOVEMBER 11, 2020)
In this work, you will be able to read the observations made by the critical segment of Edo people who perceive some imperfections in the administration’s first tenure. The criticisms are presented in first and third-person narratives for identity confidentiality. The term “critique” is used in the cover of the work to show no malice is intended in writing it. After all, all mortals on earth and institutions have their high and low points. Only God is perfect, does not err and is omniscient.
5.OBASEKI: THREE YEARS ON THE SADDLE (NOVEMBER 12, 2016- NOVEMBER 11, 2019)
It contains the activities of Obaseki in the three years of his first tenure in office as Governor of Edo State. Obaseki relied on his performance during this period as a launch pad for his re-election September 19, 2020.
6.FIRST TENURE: CONSOLIDATED DIARY OF GOVERNOR GODWIN OBASEKI ADMINISTRATION (NOVEMBER 12, 2016 NOVEMBER 11, 2020)
This is a compendium of all the plans, programmes and projects either executed or proposed by the administration of Obaseki during the four years of his first, concluded tenure as Governor on November 11, 2020.
7.MILESTONES OF OBASEKI ADMINISTRATION (NOVEMBER 12, 2020-NOVEMBER 11, 2021)
It is a body of work which highlights the official accomplishments of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies under Obaseki during the first year of his second tenure in office as Governor.
8.SECOND TENURE: FIRST – YEAR HARVEST OF GOVERNOR GODWIN OBASEKI (NOVEMBER 12, 2020-NOVEMBER 11, 2021)
It is a detailed summary of the activities of Obaseki Government that is self-sufficient in facts and information arranged in chronological sequence of occurrence. When you read through this work, you are educated about all that the administration did in the first year of its second tenure.
9.Proposed Plans, Programmes And Projects Of Obaseki Administration (2021 Edition)
The work lists 68 items on the shelf of Obaseki government that are ongoing or awaiting execution as at the last quarter of 2021.
Last Work: All these works are apolitical. Therefore, they are not sponsored by any individual, group or political party. Rather, the works were put together by a team of researchers who believe passionately in providing resources material with which Edo citizens and other interested persons can get relevant facts about Edo State Government.
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… as Edo govt earmarks 100ha for first phase, assures incentives for investors
… Ossiomo Power generation capacity now 95MW
BENIN CITY – With the coming on stream of the 40MW Independent Power Plant (IPP) built by Ossiomo Power and dedicated to provide power to the Benin Industrial and Enterprise Park, investors are trooping in to harness the benefit of the 24-hour electricity and other benefits available at the mixed-purpose park.
Ossiomo Power had announced that its new 40MW plant became operational in December 29 and had already connected and powering Ologbo and Obayantor communities in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of the State.
The new plant increases the generation capacity of Ossiomo Power to 95MW, as a 55MW plant had been operational since 2020.
Managing Director, Edo State Investment Promotion Office (ESIPO), Kelvin Uwaibi, in a chat with journalists, said the state government has earmarked 100 hectares for the first phase of the mixed-purpose Benin Industrial and Enterprise Park, which measures about 997-hectares.
According to him, “We are being inundated by enquiries from investors and are ready for those who want to set up shop as quick as possible.
“We have a mix of investment incentives, even as we treat all enquiries on case-by-case basis. A lot of people have approached us to set up factories and processing plants at the park and have shown commitment to see the investment through. These serious investors are getting the needed attention.”
He noted, “We are very much open to investments in manufacturing as the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration has made it clear that the state is ripe to be a manufacturing hub. So, we invite more persons to invest in Edo.
“Already, enquiries we have received are for businesses interested in agro-processing, production of high-grade furniture, metal works and light manufacturing, among others. So, as a mix-purpose facility, we are open for business.”
A financial analyst and lecturer, Ikpomwonsa Nosakhare, said the new plant is sufficient incentive for investors to locate in the park, noting that power challenges constitute one of the major risks to investment in the country.
According to him, “We expect to see more companies trooping into the state as there is now steady source of electricity, which is not constrained by the challenges of the national grid. I am sure this is also enough to unlock more private capital to boost the state’s real sector.”
BENIN CITY – The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has assured residents that his government will sustain ongoing reforms and programmes aimed at achieving digital economy in the state, promising to provide fibre optic connectivity to all Edo communities to enhance access to the internet and expand the state’s digital economy.
Obaseki, who spoke to journalists in Benin City, said his administration is committed to building physical and digital infrastructure, leveraging technology to drive sustainable growth and development in the state.
The governor noted that while the construction and rehabilitation of roads are currently ongoing across the 18 local government areas of the state, the state government will sustain investment in other infrastructure, including electricity and fibre connections.
He stated, “Our operation Light Up Edo is in full gear with the street-lighting project being rolled out in Benin City, Ekpoma and Auchi.
“We are working with a private provider to connect all our 18 local government areas with fibre optic connection to enhance access to the internet and expand the digital economy across the state.”
Obaseki reassured that his administration’s huge investment in physical and digital infrastructure will position Edo State as a major commercial hub in Nigeria and West Africa.
Noting that the government was nurturing a new generation of Edo youths that will dominate and conquer the world, the governor said, “We are supporting our youths in entrepreneurship and innovation to seize the moment and build top-of-the-range capacity to compete with their peers globally.
“As a government, we are recommitting ourselves to deepen growth across all sectors of the state and provide more opportunities for our people to realise their full potential. These we will do by leveraging the innate abilities of our people and providing them with the tools and enablement to dominate and conquer their world.”
…urges alignment of monetary, fiscal policies
BENIN CITY – The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has congratulated Prof. Doyin Salami on his appointment as the Chief Economic Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The governor, in a statement, said: “I hope that Prof. Salami will justify the trust and confidence of Mr President and help to align the nation’s monetary and fiscal policies to enable inclusive growth in these very challenging economic times.”
He added: “With this new role, I urge Prof. Salami to provide direction in influencing the fundamentals of the Nigerian economy, which will help to steer the economy back on track.
“Prof. Salami’s credentials will boost investor confidence for many who have sought a more coordinated and predictable economic environment that can spur Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and portfolio investment into the economy.
“As the current chairman of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC) and member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria, I expect Prof. Salami to bring his experience to bear in the new assignment and place Nigeria on the path of economic prosperity.”
BENIN CITY – The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Philip Ogbadu, has described as fake the news making the rounds alleging that a community in Ovia North East Local Government of the state has been invaded and seized by marauding bandits.
Ogbadu disclosed this when he led a joint security team including the Police, Army, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and local vigilante, among others, to the community.
The Police Commissioner who was represented by the Command Public Relations Officer, SP Kantonge Bello, reassured on the commitment of the security agencies to the protection of lives and property of residents.
According to him, “The news making the rounds on social media that a community in Edo State was sacked over the weekend by herdsmen is not true. A joint security force made up of the Army and Police have visited the area to get first-hand information on the issue.
“We have been directed following the report of the sack of the community, which is why we came here with journalists to visit the community. It was an issue of farmer and herders clash.”
Describing the story as false, Ogbadu noted nobody was killed nor houses burnt as alleged in the fake news.
He stated, “People are agitated by the story; we are here to ensure the tension is reduced. The community has not been sacked as reported by some aspects of the media. No house was burnt and nobody killed. We have visited the village in the company of the Area Commander, DPO Ekiadolor and the Army.
“We want to assure the people that are residing here that they are safe. We assure you of the safety of lives and property. This delegation is here to show that the government and security agencies are committed to ensuring that there is no breakdown of law and order in the state.”
ABUDU – Parents of a baby delivered on 1st January 2022 at Abudu, administrative headquarters of Orhionmwon local government area of Edo state has appealed for recognition as “first baby of the year” 2022 in the state.
The parents, who hails from Etinan local government area of Akwa Ibom State told The Nigerian OBSERVER on Wednesday at Abudu that the baby, male, Bonny Okon was delivered at about “12.O’clock on new year day” at a maternity home in the area.
According to the father, Mr Anthony Okon, the coming of the baby brought joy to the family and the entire neighborhood that was already in the new year’s celebration mood.
“We no fit happy, especially when the baby come be boy. We happy well well for my area. Na baby of the year; and if to say na hospital my wife deliver, i believe say na once the news go enter everywhere.
“E never too late for government to recognize my baby, and give am him benefit as a baby of the year”, an excited 43years old farmer and father of 3 said in a chat with our correspondent
Recall wife of Edo state governor, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki presented gift items to management of hospitals and Primary Healthcare Centers (PHCs) across the 18 local government areas for onward distribution to first babies of the year 2021.
Mrs Obaseki presented the items through the wives the local government chairmen.
Former Dr. (Miss) Lauretta Lawrence Efielokwu and Dr. Uyi Ambrose Emwanta, younger brother to the Edo state Commissioner for Communication and Orientation , Barr. Andrew Adaze Emwanta on Monday solemnised their marriage in holy matrimony at the Christ Embassy, Siluko Road, Benin city amidst fanfare.
The colourful ceremony attracted dignitaries from all walks of life, including top government officials, party leaders, Captains of industries, business associates, affluent individuals as well as families/friends and well wishers, amongst whom were the Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Andrew Emwanta (Esq), Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Comrade Joses Sede, Hon. Kennedy Osifo of the Edo state Oil and Gas, Oredo Peoples Democratic party leader; Hon. Sunny Ogbebor, former Chief of staff, Edo state government, Hon. Isaiah Osifo, General Manager, The Nigerian Observer, Barr. Solomon Imohiosen, Executive members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Edo state council, led by its chairman, Comrade Festus Alenkhe amongst others.
The glamorous entry of the couple into the hall of the Petob Glorious Event Center, Irhirhi road, off Airport Road Benin city, venue of the reception witnessed astounding ovation as guests yielded in ecstasy to welcome the new couple.
Speaking, the Information and Communication Commissioner, Barr. Andrew Emwanta and elder brother of the groom admonished him (the groom) to always see him beyond husband and head of the home but as a partner to his wife.
Advising the groom to always demonstrate love to his wife at all times, the Commissioner pointed out that there was no progress without unity of purpose, hence the need for the couple to imbibe the spirit of unity and mutual trust if they must strengthen, sustain and succeed in their marriage.
Former Chief of staff, Edo state government, Hon. Isaiah Osifo congratulated the couple describing their union as divinely ordained.
As a measure of putting smile on the faces of the needy and the less privileged in the society in this season of celebration ,an American based humanitarian organisation, Eghomwan Youth Development Initiatives International donated food and other gift items to Iwinosa and Oronsaye Orphanage homes here in Benin City.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Non Governmental Organisation , Ms Oghogho Osagiede represented by Mr Henry Iredia accompanied by members and friends of the NGO visited the Iwinosa and Oronsaye Orphange Maternity Homes where the food items and other gift items was presented to the homes.
Speaking on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer of Eghomwan Youth Development Initiative International ,Mr Henry Iredia commended the proprietress of the homes for their care of the children and urged them to keep doing the selfless services to humanity while also advising the children at the homes to remain confident and keep hope alive as God is still in the business of shaping their destiny.
“As it is our usual custom to put a smile on the faces of the needy and the less privileged in the society ,we are here to celebrate with you ,this is a period to share and extend love and we at Eghomwan Youth Development Initiative International will always and continue to identify with you at all times”.
” Again for us at the EYDII there is no better way of celebrating christmas and the new year than being in the midst of the needy and less privileged children at the orphanage homes and by the grace of God the organisation will continue to do all within its available resourses to impact on the society “he added
Recieving the food items and gifts the Managing Director of Oronsaye Maternity Orphanage Home ,Mr Patrick Oronsaye commended the Chief Executive Officer of Eghomwan Youth Development Initiative International for the donations and for their sustained efforts to improve on the lives of the children in the ophanage homes and prayed God to continue to bless Ms Oghogho Osagiede as she continue to impact on the lives of the needy
He acknowledged that this years visit marks the second or third in the series of the NGO outreach to the home and urged them to continue the good work of impacting on humanity
Highpoint of the visit was the presentation of the food items and other gift amidst jubilations from the children.
Meanwhile the organisation with headquarter in Boston USA and branches across Nigeria ,apart from the recent donations to the orohanage homes have in the past and still doing it carryout the payments of surgery and medical bills for some indigent persons, payment of school fees for children from less privileged homes.
It has also helped individual going through hard times and desire to start a business , payments for those with health challenges and unable to pay their bills as well as those in rehabilitation centers even as far as paying rent for a couple of homeless people amongst others.
… powers Ologbo, Obayantor communities
BENIN CITY – Ossiomo Power in Benin City has commissioned a new 40MW Independent Power Plant (IPP) dedicated to providing power to the Benin Industrial and Enterprise Park and local communities in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State.
Managing Director, Ossiomo Power, Dr. Uwa Igiehon, in an interview with journalists, said in conjunction with the Edo State Government, the power plant is providing 24/7 power to Ologbo and Obayantor communities in the area.
The plant is an addition to the existing 55MW plant, which has been in operation in the state since 2020 and has been supplying power to government buildings, offices and streetlights among others. The street lighting project stretches for 200km across the Benin metropolis.
Dr. Igiehon said the new plant is a testament to Governor Godwin Obaseki’s pledge to light up Edo State.
The Benin Enterprise Park (BEP) is a 997-hectare, mixed-use, development designed to accommodate light industries and residential zones. The BEP will be equipped with a state-of-the-art civil infrastructure comprising graded plots, roads, power, water, communications, drainage, sewage treatment plant, effluent treatment plant, stormwater drains, rainwater harvesting, and firefighting facilities, among others.
It will also include specialized infrastructure, such as quality control labs, quality certification centres, raw material storage, and other warehousing and logistics services.
According to Dr. Igiehon, “The 40MW plant was tested on 29th of December and is fully operational. At the moment, the plant is providing electricity to Ologbo and Obayantor communities in the area.”
It will be recalled that Ologbo community had been severed from the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) for the past four years, which had thrown the community into darkness.
Dr. Igiehon said the initiative has provided succour to members of Ologbo community who now benefit from the power supply from the new power plant.