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Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has urged his new Senior Special Assistants (SSAs) and Special Assistants (SAs) to see their appointments as a call to service and be accountable to the people.

While inaugurating them yesterday in Benin City, the governor said the primary assignment for the appointees include deepening the policies and achievements of his administration at the grassroots level.

The aides were drawn from the 192 wards of the 18 councils of the state.

“Our focus is on service. How do we serve our people? How do we get the lives of our people to be better? You have been called to serve and not to enrich yourself.

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“Our government has zero-tolerance for corruption and incompetence. If you are found culpable in acts of corruption or absconding from your duty post, we will not hesitate to drop you,” said the governor.

He noted that with dwindling national resources, there was need to fully harness the resources in the state, urging the appointees to come up with developmental initiatives that would benefit their wards.

“Our aim is to penetrate the grassroots and deliver dividends of democracy to our people. I want to get reports from you on what our various Ward Development Committees (WDCs) are doing. I want to know what the challenges are in the area of security and the opportunities in the area of agriculture and empowerment,” Obaseki added.

He urged the appointees to engage with their community leaders on how to make land available for government projects, adding: “We must open up Edo State. The state must not be opened to only a few people and opportunists.”

The governor noted that he was not involved in the nomination process of the appointees, but that they were selected by All progressives Congress (APC) leaders at the ward and council levels.

In his remarks, Edo APC chairman, Anselm Ojezua, said the appointment of the SSAs and SAs was done through the party structure at the ward and council levels, and in accordance with the party’s mantra of “let the people lead.”

He said the appointees, who had been tried, had shown to be loyal members of the party, noting: “I have confidence that with people like you, this government will perform better.”

In a vote of thanks, one of the aides, Mr. Lucky Aigbe, thanked the governor for the opportunity given them to serve, assuring that they would work to drive the governor’s policies at the grassroots level.


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