- Governor Godwin Obaseki is afraid of what will happen to most of his profitable reforms in Edo state when he leaves office
- The Edo governorsa said just like the well-meaning people of the state, he is concerned about the future of his giant strides in governance
- But the governor noted that he and his cabinet are currently working on stregtheneing the instititions for the purpose of continuity
For Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo, continuity of his legacies in governance is one of the greatest challenges he will face at the expiration of his administration.
Governor Obaseki expressed this fear on Sunday, September 12, during the thanksgiving service for the 87th birthday celebration of Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, held at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, Benin City, PM News reports.
The governor said this is his reaction to concerns from the masses over the fate of the many reforms his government has brought to the state.
However, Obaseki noted that the only assurance he has is that the administration has embarked on strengthening the institutions so that the already existing structures will outlive his time in office.
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He listed the education in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, public and civil service among areas where he has made a lot of developmental strides.
“My biggest challenge is what happens when I leave office. People are saying how are we sure that the reforms and changes we have made and are implementing will continue when I leave office. The only guarantee is that we begin to strengthen the institutions.
“We are rebuilding the public and civil service before bringing in political actors into the scene as they will leave in three years when I am leaving but the structures and institutions that we are building will certainly remain and continue to sustain our developmental strides.”
Obaseki sends strong message to Buhari's govt, insists on N60bn claim
Meanwhile, Governor Obaseki was not ready to make a U-turn on his claim that the Buhari-led government printed an additional N60 billion to support its allocation to states across the federation.
Although the Edo governor promised not to join issues with the government on the matter, he advised the Nigerian leadership to put an end to the alleged financial rascality so as to prevent the economic woes faced by the country.
Obaseki called on the ministry of finance, budget and national planning to seek the support of Nigerians during this trying period.