Obaseki Urges Workers To Collaborate With Govt To Sustain Ongoing Reforms In Civil, Public Service
The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has called for the support and collaboration of the state’s workforce to sustain the government’s reforms in the civil and public service.
Obaseki, while delivering a goodwill message at the send-off ceremony in honour of retired heads of service and permanent secretaries, at the Government House, Benin City, said the reforms are aimed at retooling the service to become more responsive and deliver efficient and quality service to Edo people.
He said, “We have embarked on several reforms and have experienced a lot of pushbacks but it’s left to you as civil and public servants to believe in these reforms and insist on sustaining what we have done. It’s time to speak up to get the buy-in of all stakeholders to sustain the reform made by this administration.”
Describing the civil and public service as the engine of government and custodian of institutional legacy, he said “the engine of the vehicle must be in good shape to move the vehicle to its destination.”
Reassuring the government’s commitment to the wellbeing of the workers, Obaseki noted that “this administration has taken several decisions in favour of the people and is entrenching a system that will outlive this present administration and move the society forward.”
According to him, “Our policies are not to witch hunt anybody but to sustain the people and make life better for Edo people. I congratulate the retired senior civil and public servants who served and retired meritoriously from the Edo State Civil/Public Service.”
Urging the senior retirees to take advantage of the Edo State Health Insurance Scheme which has been provided by the government to meet their health needs, the governor added, “It’s important to stay alive and be healthy. We have introduced the Edo State Health Insurance Scheme as part of a total revamp of our healthcare system. Please look at that scheme and see how we can use it to support you.”
Earlier, the Edo State Head of Service, Anthony Okungowa Esq., said, “On assumption of office in 2016, the Obaseki-led administration began a purposeful, deliberate and holistic transformation of the civil/public service. This effort birthed the Edo State Transformation and Enhancement Programme (Edo STEP).
“We have seen how this administration has transformed the environment in the public service. 24-hours electricity from Ossiomo Power has been a veritable game changer. The aesthetics of our work environment is second to none in Nigeria.
“The Edo State Government has achieved 100 percent e-governance coverage of the executive branch of government. We have on-boarded all 92 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) which have been further reduced to 72. What is important is that Edo State has become the only state in the federation with 100 percent e-governance.”
Also, Isaac Ehiozuwa, a former Head of Service thanked the governor for his transformational reforms in the civil and public service, urging workers’ support to sustain the gains recorded through the reforms.
ANTI PARTY ACTIVITIES: Esan Central APC, Suspends Nine Leaders, Appoints Bello
Nine Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Esan Central LGA have been suspended at an extraordinary meeting held this evening at Irrua, the LGA capital.
The suspended leaders include APC State Vice Chairman, Chief Francis Inegbeniki, Esan Central foremost Party Leader, Prince Willy Shaka Momodu, Ward Leader, Hon Abudu Ugbesia, among six others.
The suspended nine APC leaders are alleged to have held a clandestine meeting at a hotel in Eidenu, Irrua on the eve of the House of Assembly election and resolved to work against their party candidate for the House of Assembly election, Hon Victor Edoror. It is alleged that they were induced by the ruling party and their grand conspiracy to disallow Hon Edoror to get into the House and become the Speaker which might scuttle their agenda for Esan governor candidate from Esan Central LGA.
The meeting which was attended enmass by angry members and party executives of the party across the LGA appointed former LGA Councillior, and House of Assembly election aspirant, Hon. Bello Oyaziwolo, as the acting Leader, to oversee the affairs of the party pending the determination of the investigation into the degree of involvement of each of the suspended leader.
Interestingly, the Deputy Leader of the Party in Esan Central LGA and former Vice Chairman of the LGA, Hon Francis Ubene, was exempted from suspension because preliminary investigation revealed that he was in the meeting allegedly called by Chief Inegbeniki, but he refused to agree with their alleged plan to sabotage the election for Hon Edoror because according to him “I have forgiven him and if I have forgiven him, I cannot work against him or the party”.
Speaking with Hon Bello, after the appointment, the new LGA Leader said he was not interested in Leading the party for selfish reasons but would commit himself to helping the party rid itself of betrayals and inept leaders in the LGA and hopefully allow a free process to produce the next LGA Leader.
Delta: Oborevwori’s Victory, A Turning Point, Says Ebireri
Media Consultant, Henry Ebireri, has urged Delta State governor-elect, Rt. Hon Sheriff Oborevwori to embark only on programmes that are genuine, attainable, purposeful, durable and people-oriented.
He also urged him to make a significant impact at improving the lot of the masses.
In a statement in Sapele, the media consultant described the March 18 governorship election in Delta State as ‘’’a turning point, a landmark in the history of the oil rich state’’.
He appealed to Oborevwori to steer Delta State in the needed direction.
‘’There is a very high expectation from the governor-elect by the people. He must direct his energy towards inculcating the spirit of self-reliance among the citizenry through economic and empowerment programmes’’
The media professional listed security, youth and women empowerment, agriculture, health, education, infrastructural development, industrial revolution, cultural and tourism rebirth, communication and sports development as key areas to be addressed by the governor-elect.
The statement underscored the future of Delta youths infrastructure and security challenges.
He urged Oborevwori to be fair to all.
He also urged him to recruit only qualified, competent and meritorious hands to help him develop the oil-rich state.
‘’They should be people of integrity, honesty and trust. The team should comprise only tested, dedicated, loyal, courageous, selfless, focused and visionary men and women’’
Ebireri further commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his immense contribution to the political development of Delta State.
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege Rejects INEC’s Declaration of Oborevwori As Winner of Delta Poll
A while ago, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Delta State announced Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, gubernatorial flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the governor-elect following the March 18 governorship election.
The declaration was made despite the myriad of infractions and acts of impunity on the part of the PDP in the course of the election. These were brought to the attention of INEC with incontrovertible proof.
The March 18 election was characterized by massive fraud, unprecedented vote buying and voter suppression perpetrated by the PDP in the course of the election.
The fraudulent nature of PDP’s so-called victory are just too damning and daring for it to be acceptable in any decent society. Most of those infractions are on the public domain and known to INEC officials and the security agencies involved in superintending the election.
In the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections, the results pointed to an unequivocal rejection of the PDP. Of the three senatorial zones in the state, APC won two while PDP controversially edged out the Labour Party in the Delta North Senate race.
It was an unadulterated verdict of Deltans on how they have fared under 24 years of governance of their state by PDP.
On the basis of the factors listed and more that will come later, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, governorship candidate of the APC in Delta State as well as the leadership of the party, unequivocally reject the declaration by INEC of Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori of the PDP as winner of the March 18 governorship election.
We will challenge this fraudulent result using all legal means.
As a democrat and Deputy President of the Senate, Omo-Agege will explore all lawful avenues to reclaim the mandate freely given to him by the good people of Delta State.
To the numerous supporters of APC and the entire public that share in Omo-Agege’s vision of building a new Delta State, we urge you all to remain calm, peaceful and law abiding.
I can assure all our teeming supporters and all Deltans that the PDP pyrrhic celebration of a stolen mandate will be short-lived.
By the grace of God and the clearly expressed wish of the people, this electoral heist will be reversed and Senator Omo-Agege will be sworn in on May 29, 2023 as the lawfully elected Governor of Delta State.
Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy President of the Senate and Governorship Candidate of APC, Delta State, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege
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