Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has sworn in seven newly appointed Special Advisers at the Executive Chambers of the Edo State Government House, charging them to play their constitutional roles of advising him and ensure his administration succeeds.
Obaseki added that his administration would run a transparent government with integrity and that he needed people, who could demonstrate leadership, particularly in the future, stressing that they would assist and advise him through difficult terrains of government and governance.
He said: “I am appointing you because I believe that all of you have the experience, integrity and commitment to make me succeed. You are to advise me, and it is for my interest to take your advice.
“As a state, God has given us the resources, in terms of people, the means and materials to overcome these challenges. What is required is leadership.
“I am happy today that I have quality people like you who are leaders to help us through,” he concluded.
Responding on behalf of the appointees, Chief Osaro Idah, thanked the governor for finding them worthy to serve, assuring him that they would contribute their quota to the development of the state.
“We assure you that our performance will be beyond the ordinary. We are proud to be part of your administration, we assure you of our loyalty and commitment to deliver on our mandate,” he vowed.
The new advisers who took the oath of office were Chief Osaro Idah, Special Adviser on Political and Community matters; Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, Chairman Strategic Planning Team, Governor’s Office; Mr. Crusoe Osagie, Media and Communication Strategy.
Others are Prince Joe Okojie, Agriculture and Food Security; Joseph Eboigbe, Economic and Development Planning; Gowon Yakubu, Special Duties and Dr. Joan Oviawe, Basic Education.
In another development, Governor Obaseki on Friday, brought to the fore the need for Nigerians to continue to live in unity despite their political affiliations, emphasizing that the difference in the ruling parties of both Delta and Edo States does not divide them.
He made the plea in Asaba where he attended the inauguration of Bridge FM, a radio station aimed at uniting people and bridging every divide in the society, which was commissioned by Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State.
Governor Obaseki explained that political affiliations should not be considered more important than the unity the people of both states shared because in spite of their differences, both states shared the same heritage and were one.
He said, “Edo and Delta people are one. We used to be one state (Bendel). So political affiliation cannot divide us.”
Obaseki commended the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Radio station, Dr. Henry Nzekwu for the state-of-the-art facilities applied to broadcast quality material and the level of professionalism engaged in the setup of the station, adding that his administration would draw inspiration from the initiative to develop broadcast stations in Edo.
On his part, the CEO of the Radio station, Dr. Henry Nzekwu, who noted that the station would broadcast on 98.7FM, said Bridge FM was set up to promote national unity, family values and economic development.
He expressed optimism that the best of technologies would be leveraged on to deliver quality services to the populace stressing that programmes had been created, promising that it would appeal to people across different sectors, age groups, tribes, religions and other such areas of divide.
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