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Ize-Iyamu Promises Equal, Widespread Development

ize-iyamu; Edo
Posted: Sep 2, 2016 at 5:33 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Francis Onoiribholo



Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, PDP governorship candidate, on Thursday, assured Edo people that the entire state as his constituency will receive one form of government presence or the other if elected governor.

Addressing traditional rulers in Edo South under the aegis of Enijie of Benin kingdom at Egbaen near Benin City, he said traditional rulers as critical stakeholders in the Edo project have unfortunately been sidelined by the outgoing governor in the state.

He said the meeting with the traditional authorities was designed to inform them of his plans for the state if elected into office as governor and the need for them to inform their people of the need to come out on election day and cast their votes.

Lamenting the gross neglect of majority of Edo South by the Governor Adams Oshiomhole led APC government, Ize-Iyamu said in the last eight years Edo State received well over N1.4 trillion as statutory allocations from the federation account besides billions unaccounted for from internally generated revenue.

He listed one of the key aspects of such neglect to include the Benin City storm water project which the governor claimed would rid Benin City of floods and took N30 billion loan from the capital market, but has turned round to make the city a swamp whenever it rains.

He noted that whereas the state government failed to carry out a mandatory environment impact assessment of the project, with less than 30 percent of the project completed and flood water channeled to Ogba River, whenever it rains the river overflows its banks threatening the safety of Iyekogba residents in Oredo.

According to Ize-Iyamu, whereas it is three local government councils in Edo South namely Ovia North East, Ikpoba-Okha and Orhionmwon that put Edo on the map of oil producing states in the country, Oben and Ologbo, two key oil and gas producing communities, do not have anything to show for their natural resources.

He also said whereas governments before Oshiomhole acquired various sizes of water pipes for the planned expansion of the Benin City Water Scheme, the governor soon after taking office sold the pipes without any trace of the funds in the state coffers.

The result, according to Ize-Iyamu, is the undue dependence on water from boreholes by residents of the state capital with all its attendant toxicity which has proved a health hazard to both old and young, promising to visit the problem of potable water with a view to reversing the present challenge for citizens.

He mentioned the deliberate decision of the governor to use state funds to build the newly established Edo University in his hometown, Iyamoh, along with a teaching hospital and school of nursing to the neglect of the state university at Ekpoma, the state college of education, Ekiadolor, for which he appointed a vice-chancellor and a governing council without any financial allocation.

Ize-Iyamu assured the monarchs that if he is elected the governor, he has all the experience required to make good the state, adding that he knows the state like the palm of his hands.

Responding to Ize-Iyamu, the monarchs through HRH Edowonyi Ogiegbaen, the Enojie of Egbaen, in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State, prayed for the grace of God to be upon Ize-Iyamu not only to win in the September 10 2016 governorship election but to be forthright in delivering on his campaign promises.

They prayed for him to have the capacity to translate the contents of his manifesto contained in ‘Simple Agenda’ into practical reality when he is elected governor in September.

The traditional rulers had listened to the PDP candidate analyse governance in the state in the last seven and half years concluding that he had good plans for the state, before praying for him.