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Obaseki signs N128.8b revised budget into law

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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has signed the Revised 2020 Appropriation Bill into law with a pledge to ensure the sustenance of critical sectors of the state’s economy amid disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The budget, which was reduced by 30 per cent from N179b to N128.8b, was signed into law after the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Frank Okiye, and some lawmakers presented it to Obaseki at Government House, Benin City.

Obaseki said the budget was coming at an unusual time when the COVID-19 pandemic had imposed certain challenges, noting, “The challenges may be difficult now, but in the medium and long-term, this administration would need to re-think the state’s economy.

He, however, assured the people of the state that in spite of the reduction in the 2020 Budget by 30 per cent, his administration would focus on important and critical areas for the development of the state.

Speaking earlier, Okiye said the world had found itself in rare circumstances as COVID-19 pandemic had brought the world to its knees.

Meanwhile, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike described former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole’s apology, in which he claimed to have supported Governor Obaseki in error four years ago, as an insult to the people of Edo State.

Wike, who made the assertion in Port Harcourt, declared that Oshiomhole’s apology was a pointer that Obaseki, who is Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the September 19, 2020 governorship election, had no opponent.

The governor, who is chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council, said based on what Oshiomhole had said about the APC governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu four years ago, Edo people already knew his personality.

“From all indications, it is obvious that there is no strong opposition against Obaseki and he will win convincingly,” Wike said.The Governor explained that he and his team accepted to lead the campaign because they were satisfied with results already coming out from Edo State.

He stressed that the PDP had continued to take steps in strengthening the nation’s democracy through promotion of internal politics and resolving members’ conflict of interests to achieve common goals.


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