The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, yesterday saluted the doggedness and brilliance of the new graduates of the Nigerian Air Force, Airmen Training School Kaduna who are indigenes of the state.
Receiving the Aircraftmen (17A set) who paid him a courtesy visit in Government House, Benin City, he charged them to see service to one’s fatherland as the greatest commitment anyone can make.
“I am happy to receive this young set of men and women from Edo State who have gone through rigorous trainings. You have shown us how tough and strong Edo men and women are.
“Your presence here today shows that our youths are courageous, brilliant and determined to succeed in life,” he added
The governor urged the Air Force men and women to keep the country as one as Edo people believe in them to keep the nation united.
“God will protect you in your chosen endeavour. Most of you did very well, we monitored you throughout the training and we are pleased you came out in flying colours.
“We have your data base and we are closely monitoring your progress. Our government will support you. Edo people are behind you and we know you will do well” Obaseki said.
Earlier, the leader of the team, Iboi David, congratulated the governor on his electoral victory and the subsequent affirmation by the courts.
He thanked the governor for the great job he was doing in the state and said their training would not be complete without a visit to the governor.
Meanwhile, the governor has disclosed plans by his administration to set up Export Processing Zones in the state.
He made the announcement when members of the Edo State ‘Exporters Cluster’, paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House in Benin City on Tuesday.
The governor decried the dominance of import trade in the nation’s economy and said that considering the low prices of crude oil in the international market, more investments should be in the non-oil sector.
Obaseki said, “We promised to create 200,000 jobs and the jobs will come from the private sector.
“We are investing in infrastructure, especially electricity and we plan to locate industrial parks where business clusters would thrive.
“Our goal is to be an enabler for businesses to thrive and not invest in business ventures”.
The governor assured the group that his administration would give them land where products such as cassava and yam would be processed for export and commended the well packaged products made by the cluster members.
Obaseki pointed out that the planned Edo Business Bureau would be situated close to the NEPC, and would provide business information as well as fast-track business transactions in the state.
Earlier, the Edo Sate Coordinator of the group, Ms Josephine Peters, said their visit was to solicit the state government’s support in the promotion of export business.
Peters further said the association was established by the Benin Zonal Office of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, in 2014, to identify and encourage value addition to products from the non-oil sector in the state for export purposes.
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