By Tony Nwanne
Edo state Governor, Godwin Obaseki has pledged to provide 200, 000 jobs within the first four years of his administration. He also assured that greater emphasis will be placed in harnessing the huge agricultural potentials of the state.
Obaseki, who was sworn-in as the new governor of Edo state made the pledge on Saturday in his inaugural speech.
The inauguration ceremony which took place at the Dr Samuel Ogbemudia stadium, Benin, was filled to capacity as well-wishers, associates, friends and family members thronged the stadium to witness the ceremony.
The new governor maintained that he will improve the infrastructural development of the state with special attention in completing all on-going projects and inner city roads in addition to improving on successes recorded in the area of human capacity development.
While lauding the contribution and commitment of his predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhiole in laying the developmental foundation of the state, Obaseki said the task of taking Edo state to the next level is quite enormous.
“I have a rare opportunity to be sworn barely a fortnight after his majesty Oba Ewuare II, the honour that this bestow in me will always be a constant reminder of the enormity of the task I assume, which is to guide the pursuit of good and wellbeing of Edo people and Edo State with relentless vigour, uncompromising commitment and diligence.”
Among the dignitaries, includes Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, Alhaji Aliko Dangote; Gov. Mohammed Abdulahi Abubakar of Bauchi State; Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State; Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun; APC National Chairman, Chief Odigie Oyegun and the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in Ondo, Rotimi Akeredoolu.
Also at the event, were former military Head of State, Dr Yakubu Gowon, Hakim Bello Osagie, former CEO UBA and Chairman Heir Foundation, Tony Elumelu, Chairman , FO Oil Company, Femi Otedola, Minister of State for Health, Osagie Ehanire and Minister of Information and National Orientation, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.