State’s money for development, not sharing – Obaseki
The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has said his brand of leadership is about the development of the state as opposed to sharing state money within the political class.
He vowed that he would not succumb to pressure, no matter how much or from whatever quarter it came, to renege on his oath to provide purposeful leadership for Edo State.
According to him, if structures are put in place to guarantee quality life for the people, they will not embark on illegal and life-threatening journeys to Libya in a bid to cross to Europe in search of greener pastures.
A statement on Thursday quoted Obaseki as saying this during the first anniversary of the Edo State Task Force Against Human Trafficking.
The event took place at the Government House in Benin City.
The governor stressed that under his watch, money meant for the development of the state would not be shared.
“All Edo State Government’s money will be used for the development of the state. This is the brand of politics I have chosen to play.
“Our developmental challenges are so enormous and only a frugal and prudent utilisation of taxpayers’ money would ameliorate the sufferings of our people.
“No matter the pressure and irrespective of the quarter such pressure would come from, I will not break my oath with Edo people, to provide purposeful leadership.
“Taxpayers’ money is meant for development and it will be used to develop the state and make life better for our people. We are taking development to those in the grass roots where the need is greater. We will not share money like those we displaced from the government,” Obaseki said.
He added that his administration would not relent in its efforts to open up the rural areas by providing infrastructure to stimulate the economy.
He explained that his dream was for Edo State to rank as one of the three most developed states by the end of his administration.