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Whatever the pressure, I'll not use taxpayers' money for myself - Obaseki assures Edo indigenes

Whatever the pressure, I'll not use taxpayers' money for myself - Obaseki assures Edo indigenes

- The governor of Edo, Godwin Obaseki, has assured indigenes in the state of infrastructural development

- Obaseki said that no matter the pressure he comes across, he will never succumb to using state funds for personal purposes

- He said that if the right infrastructures are put in place, people will have no reason to travel to Libya for a so-called better life through illegal means

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo has said that contrary to the rampant trend of embezzling state funds, his brand of leadership is about infrastructural development, Punch reports.

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He vowed that he would not yield to pressure, no matter how much or from whatever source it came, to go back on his oath to provide purposeful leadership for the state.

He remarked that if structures are put in place to ensure quality life for the people, they will not embark on illegal and life-threatening journeys to Libya in a bid to cross to Europe in search of greener pastures.

Obaseki said this on Thursday, August 16, in a statement he made during the first anniversary of the Edo state task force against human trafficking held at the Government House in Benin City.

The governor emphasised that under his administration, money meant for the development of the state would not be used for frivolities.

Obaseki said: “All Edo State Government’s money will be used for the development of the state. This is the brand of politics I have chosen to play.

“Our developmental challenges are so enormous and only a frugal and prudent utilisation of taxpayers’ money would ameliorate the sufferings of our people.

“No matter the pressure and irrespective of the quarter such pressure would come from, I will not break my oath with Edo people, to provide purposeful leadership.

“Taxpayers’ money is meant for development and it will be used to develop the state and make life better for our people. We are taking development to those in the grass roots where the need is greater. We will not share money like those we displaced from the government.”

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The governor further said that his government would not slack in its efforts to open up the rural regions by providing infrastructure to boost the economy, adding that his vision for the state is for it to rank as one of the three most developed states by the end of his tenure.

Meanwhile, reported that Obaseki had reportedly lamented that efforts by his government to provide the much-needed infrastructure in the state are being hampered by the huge debts he inherited when he came to office. Obaseki said the debts were incurred by successive governments in the state. gathered that the governor said this when he received the chairman of the governing board of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Amb Fatima Balla Abubakar, and her delegation.

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