Nigeria’s unity must be anchored on social justice, equity, others, Obaseki insists
• Edo pledges to address post-COVID-19 health challenges
• Dagbala Community cries out over land grabbers
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has declared that Nigeria must remain united to overcome its challenges, and identified equity, social justice and fairness, as crucial to unity.
Obaseki said Nigeria was one indivisible entity that must remain united irrespective of regional or political differences.
The governor, who spoke to journalists after a meeting with Southern governors in Asaba, Delta State, restated the need for Nigerians to imbibe love, tolerance and peaceful coexistence.
“The meeting is geared towards solidifying the cooperation in Southern Nigeria. We discussed issues affecting us, ranging from security, economy, regional cooperation and certain positions and how to address them,” he said.
ALSO, Obaseki, reassured that his administration would continue to prioritise the health and well being of Edo people and ensure the provision of quality healthcare services.
Obaseki gave the assurance when he received an abridged report of the review of recommendations on the state’s healthcare sector reforms from the Health Advisory Team in Benin City.
“What the committee has done is fundamental and far-reaching. The questions they have tried to help us answer, first, is, what should be the government’s role in the healthcare system? Should it provide healthcare services, regulate people in the healthcare system, or both?
“Post-COVID-19, we are all trapped, as nobody can travel to get quality healthcare services and as such, we should proffer solution to the issues. We have to make our healthcare work,” he added.
MEANWHILE, the people of Dagbala Community in Akoko Edo Council have condemned mining activities and fraudulent acquisition of land by a firm in the locality for exploration of solid minerals.
In a statement issued by the Daudu of Dagbala, Festus Ogbezuode, he said the emergence of the firm in Dagbala and the disputed land the company claimed it acquired, had generated a lot of concern, describing the acquisition as fraudulent.
“The company has assumed an oppressive position and making the community ungovernable for the traditional ruler, Albert Agbebaku,” he said.
Ogbezuode alleged that the Chief Executive Officer of the company was plotting to appropriate all the lands in Dagbala, which the community had rejected.