Oshiomhole calls on politicians, private sector to invest in Okpekpe
Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has called on politicians, corporate organisations and other individuals to invest in the sleepy Okpekpe community to open up the town.
Oshiomhole, who was one of the runners at the third Okpekpe 10-kilometre Road Race held on Saturday, believes the town is well situated for big business, saying the environment is conducive for investment in tourism and other commercial activities.
Accompanied by several political office holders and some celebrities from Nollywood, Oshiomhole said: “I am satisfied that the purpose of opening up this place is being fulfilled going by the level of acceptance the race has received locally and globally.
“I am informed that in this year we have more participants than the previous years and by logic we expect that more and more people will participate. For me, I think this is one practical way to remind all of us that there is life outside urban cities and that the real Nigerians, the forgotten majority are in our rural communities.
“I appeal to our commercial banks and cottage industries to come here and boost commercial activities in this community.”
The race, which featured runners from across the world, saw Kenya’s Tanui Aifele winning the women category in 33.34 minutes, with her compatriots, Rionoripo Purity and Mary Wacere taking the second and third positions respectively.
In the male category, Alex Korio of Kenya came first winning in 29.20 minutes, followed by Leish Gabrsellasie of Ethiopia, while Amos Mutei of Kenya came third.