Whao! As Governor Adams Oshiomhole is being sworn in at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, this morning, we at OSUN DEFENDER, want you to get a feel of the burstling energy coming from Edo State, as we share snippets of an exclusive live interview with the new Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, by the crew of Africa Independent Television (AIT), yesternight between 9:30 – 10:30 p.m.
In an explosive encounter, he told the AIT crew that he does not want to be refered to as “Executive Governor” or “Your Excellency”, saying: “… I am not seeking recognition, don’t call me executive Governor, dont call me excellency… we must demistify governance…” He said he is just a worker in government, and he would not be a sit-at-office governor but a field governor.
He lampooned the military-carry over programme of monthly environmental sanitation program, saying environmental sanitation is a professional business and not a monthly affair excercise or ritual by all citizen, who only used the 4-hour shut down to gain extra sleep on Saturdays. “… It is a daily business and we must not shut down economic acitivities for one minute because we want to clean our environment.” He said it was not in the Nigerian Constitution, and we are not babies to be spoon-fed on how to clean our environment. He vowed that there is so much public works to do that his administration would employ up to 10,000 people in the next two months to start with.
He says he wants to run a “Peoples Government”, saying “… rather than buying guns for Police, I would create job for the people… those who work all-day do not go out to rob in the night, robbery is a product of unemployment… we must stop the criminalization of our youths, we must meaningfully engage them in productive work”.
On his Cabinet composition, he said he would look for technorats to run his administration and would not run a govenrment of consultants or government of contractors. He said there is no room for any political godfather’s chilren in his cabinet. He said he would only serve the interest of Father God Almighty and the people of Edo State. He pledged he would fix the problem of perenial flood that causes havoc in Benin-City during rainy seasons.
He said that nobody can blackmail him to abandon what he believed in, saying “Today is FREEDOM DAY”, pledging to create a militant culture in the state. He said he would respect elders but would not recognise godfatherism.
He also assured that governance is a familiar terrain for him, because having run the 4 million-strong Nigeria Labour Congress without CSO or ADC, he can run Edo State succesfully. He said he looked forward to an excellent relationship with the Federal Government led by President Umar Yar’Adua, and would soon visit him to pledge loyalty.
He promised to encourage a virile opposition and good relationship with the 24-member Edo State House of Assembly dominated by the 16 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members to 8 Action Congress (AC) members.
BREAKING NEWS: Just Now at the Ogbe Stadium during his acceptance speech, The newly sworn-in Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole thanked Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for always lifting up the broom (symbol of AC), to sweep away the darkness and political rubbish foisted on Edo people by Professor Osunbor and his people.