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Edo pledges sustained investment, closes down Nigerian Observer for re-organisation

By Michael Egbejule, Benin City
01 July 2022   |   4:12 am
Edo State acting Governor, Philip Shaibu, yesterday, said the state government would continue to prioritise investment in education, health, security, agriculture and other critical sectors of the state economy...

Director, Finance and Accounts, Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) Corporate Headquarters, Aba Friday (left); Chief of Staff to Edo State Governor, Osaigbovo Iyoha; Edo State Acting Governor, Philip Shaibu; Postmaster General/Chief Executive, NIPOST, Dr. Ismail Adebayo Adewusi and Edo State Commissioner for Public Security and Safety, Omololu Ojehomon during a visit by the management of NIPOST in Benin City… yesterday.

Edo State acting Governor, Philip Shaibu, yesterday, said the state government would continue to prioritise investment in education, health, security, agriculture and other critical sectors of the state economy, ensuring conducive environment for businesses to thrive.

Shaibu gave the assurance when he received the leadership of the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST), led by the Postmaster-General, Dr. Ismail Adebayo Adewusi, who was on a courtesy visit to the Government House, Benin City.

The acting governor, who restated government’s commitment to the safety and security of citizens and businesses, said the state was working assiduously to retain top spot as the safest state in the country.

He said: “The focus of this administration is to leverage our comparative advantage to work for the people and make the state the safest in the nation.

“Government is working to ensure peace and create more employment opportunities for Edo people.”

MEANWHILE, the government, also yesterday, said it had, in line with reforms of the state-owned media organisations, directed the closure of the Nigerian Observer newspaper for a period of one month for re-organisation and re-launch of the media outfit.

In a statement, the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, said: “The Edo State Government, in line with the reforms of the state-owned media organisations, has directed the closure of the Nigerian Observer newspaper for a period of one month, for re-organisation and re-launch of the media outfit.

“All existing staff of the Nigerian Observer are hereby redeployed to the Ministry of Communication and Orientation, with immediate effect, where they will receive further directives on their new responsibilities.”