WorldStage Newsonline– Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has promised to sustain investment in critical sectors of the state; education, infrastructure, security and job creation initiatives to retain his administration’s positive growth trajectory.
Obaseki, who made the pledge in his New Year Message which was broadcast on television and radio stations in the state, said that after two years in the saddle, his team is turbo-charged to consolidate on their achievements and to make “Edo State a place where everyone can actualise their God-given potential and contribute to our collective growth and development as a nation.”
The governor added: “As we usher in 2019, there is every reason to celebrate this gift of a new Year and to thank God Almighty not only for preserving us to see new year, but more importantly for His mercy and the achievements we recorded in 2018.
“As we reflect on 2018, we have reasons to celebrate the modest achievements which we accomplished despite the challenges which we still face as a nation.
“With assistance and support of Mr President and the Federal Government, we were able to pursue our goals and ambition to make Edo State a model for economic development and good governance.”
Thanking Edo people for their support for his administration’s programmes and policies in 2018, he noted: “This modest achievement is the product of our collective fight. Our success story, though modest, is a demonstration of how far we can go as a people, when we come together to tackle a common problem.
“We look forward to another important year in our annals, and I count on your continued support and assure you that we will uphold your interest above all else.
“My priority as your governor is to ensure that we emphasize and focus on policies and programs which will enhance the wellbeing of majority of our citizens by creating the enabling environment and building the necessary social and physical infrastructure for our people to achieve their aspirations.”
Urging politicians to ensure hitch-free polls in the new year, he implored all the actors “to work with me to ensure violence-free elections in Edo State.”
According to Obaseki, “Education and healthcare received a lot of our attention last year and we rolled out Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation (EDOBEST). EDOBEST has been hailed locally and internationally as a revolution in Basic Education in Nigeria with huge potential to aid our children to learn. I thank the over 7,000 digital teachers who are changing the future of our children and the hundreds of our school-based management committee members who have volunteered to ensure that we change education outcome in Edo State. This year we expect to roll out EDOBEST in every public basic school in the state.
“Similarly, our desire to improve healthcare of millions of Edo Citizens by emphasizing primary healthcare took off with the pilot of our first 20 model PHCs equipped with electricity, technology, properly trained health personnel and adequate security. The plan is to have 100 of such PHCs in 2019.”
He noted that his vision for the health sector which is being actualised, would ensure Edo State becomes “a centre where we will be able to access quality health care services, without the troubles of travelling out. The New specialist hospital will be opened this quarter under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) management agreement.”