We’re Committed to Developmental Projects – World Bank

The World Bank has reiterated its commitment to development projects aimed at creating meaningful impact in developing countries.

The Executive Director, Angola, Nigeria and South Africa sub-group, World Bank, Ms. Bongi Kunene, stated this during the visit of some officials of the bank to the Azura-Edo Independent Power Project in Ihovbor, Uhunmwonde Local Government Area of Edo State.

Kunene said that the institution was open to partnerships as long as they were in line with its focus.

She also described the Azura-Edo power plant as a transformational project, which had the capacity to provide solutions.

“The project is transformational. It gives us a scope of what we can do together. We are delighted to see solutions. We will want to commit ourselves to projects that make sense and are in line with our focus,” she said.

While explaining the modality for project financing and execution, Kunene stated, “First of all, approvals happen at the government level. It starts with land and making sure that the area is zoned properly and that the environmental impact assessment has been done and is up to world standards.

“Something like this is not financed by one entity or one country. It is financed by multilateral arrangements as well as international investment banks. So, the government’s role is to make sure that all the standards are up to world standards and timelines are met.”

Speaking during the visit, the Managing Director and Co-founder, Azura Power West Africa Limited, Dr. David Ladipo, stated that the 450-megawatt project was a major contribution to Nigeria’s power sector.

According to Ladipo, with over 11 per cent of the entire power injected into the national grid coming from the plant, the output of the Azura-Edo project was satisfactory.

He, however, stated that the second phase of the project would commence soon.

Ladipo explained, “In the evenings, our turbines are doing typically 450, 460 megawatts, which means we are producing 10, 11 or, sometimes, 12 per cent of all the power that goes across the national grid.

“That gives me, the entire management team and the shareholders, including the Edo State Government, a tremendous amount of pride and satisfaction. We want to ensure that we continue to produce this power and, in another week or two, we will start planning for phase two.”

On his part, Governor Godwin Obaseki said the state government would harness the opportunities created by the completion of the power project to attract more investors.

Obaseki stated, “Power is the key to industrialisation and development. We need to extend the benefits of this investment. Now that we have power, what are we going to do with it? The next set of projects are those that have to rely on this key infrastructure we have just created.

“So, we will be looking at the Benin Industrial Park, building infrastructure to encourage and support manufacturers to come in. We are looking at innovation hubs; we want to use the factor and advantage of 24/7 electricity to encourage technology groups and companies to be located in Edo State.”

Obaseki Bans Night-Grazing, Armed Herdsmen In Edo

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has banned night grazing and armed herdsmen in the state just as he set up a seven-man committee in each of the 18 local government areas to check herdsmen, farmers’ clashes.

The seven-man committee will include the chairmen or heads of the LGAs, the Divisional Police Officers, representatives of the Department of State Services and four representatives from the communities in the state.

Obaseki, who presided over a stakeholders’ meeting with the Seriki Hausa/Fulani leaders from the 18 LGAs in the state, on Thursday, charged the committee to “review all cases of herdsmen/farmers’ clashes in all the local government areas.”

The governor said, “A special team made up of the police, army, civil defence corps and other security agencies in the state will carry out random patrols and search operations. Any herdsman found in possession of firearms will be arrested and charged with illegal possession of firearms as cattle rearers do not need an AK47 to herd cattle.

“We will not accept anyone with firearms and anyone found with arms will face the law. We need information to succeed in this fight and information is vital to the police and other security agencies. We assure you of your safety.

“We have placed a ban on night herding; nobody should herd their cattle at night. We have also placed a ban on hunting activities by people from other states in the name of hunting.”

Obaseki added that another committee that he would head would have the state Commissioner of Police, the Director of the DSS in the state, the Commander of 4 Brigade and representatives of the communities across the three senatorial districts in the state as members.

He noted, “Every three months we will meet with the representatives of the local government committees to review and examine the progress being made in resolving the herdsmen/farmers’ clashes in the state.”

The Chairman, Edo State Hausa Community, Alhaji Badamasi Saleh, advised that a mechanism should be put in place to protect informants as most members of the communities “find it difficult to volunteer information to the security agencies as they fear that their identities would not be protected.”

Alhaji Usman Abdullahi, representing the Hausa/Fulani community in Edo Central Senatorial District, pledged that his people would cooperate with the state government and work with the security agencies in the state to fish out criminals among his people.

Godwin Obaseki Set To Reopens Edo Job Portal

The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has disclosed in statement on Thursday through his special adviser on media, Crusoe Osagie that the state government is finalising arrangements to reopen the Edo Jobs portal on March 1, 2018.

The statement which was read in Benin City, quoted the governor as saying that the reopening of the portal would extend the window of opportunities for more youths to be captured in the state’s jobs database.

The governor reassured youths in the state of his administration’s commitment to fulfil his campaign promise of creating 200,000 jobs for the teeming unemployed youths.

According to Obaseki, “The reopening of the job portal is to capture more youths in the state, who are to undergo employability and capacity building training.

“After their training, these youths will be matched with employers of labours, who have indicated interest in employing young people.

“It is clear that we have a crisis of youth unemployment and we are making frantic efforts to address it. There are various options the applicants on the jobs portal can choose from.”

The EdoJobs initiative trained a batch of 500 youths late last year, and also supplied over 4,000 people trained by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) this year.

Obaseki Appoints SSA On Human Trafficking, Illegal Migration

Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has appointed a Benin-based human rights activist, Mr Solomon Okoduwa as Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Human Trafficking and Illegal Migration.

Okoduwa, who has been at the forefront on piblic enlightenment on the dangers of illegal migration and benefits of getting engaged back home in Nigeria and Edo in particular, is the President of Initiative for Youth Awareness on Migration, Immigration, Development and Reintegration (IYAMIDR). He was also a member of the state committee against human trafficking.

Following the reported repatriation of over 5000 Nigerians from Libya, where illegal immigrants went through experiences described by one victim as “worse than hell”, Edo State has witnessed an unprecedented number of returnees.

The State Attorney General and Commissioner for justice, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe on Thursday disclosed that 1,439 returnees had been received by the government from late October to date.

Omorogbe said that after documentation of the returnees, they were allowed to return to their home while others are accommodated by government for reintegration.

The Commissioner said that the state government pay monthly stipend to the returnees, adding that the returnees would later be engaged in an empowerment programme in January.

Edo State is identified as a major contributor of male and female immigrants who try desperate and even fatal ways to get into Europe, usually via Libya. The horrendous experiences of such illegal immigrants again dominated public discourse following a report by CNN, which showed how full bodied Africans were being sold as slaves through auctions.

APC Members Confront Obaseki Over Stomach Infrastructure

All Progressives Congress (APC) members in Edo State, have asked Governor Godwin Obaseki to fulfill the ‘stomach infrastructure’s promises he made during his campaign.

APC chairman in Oredo local government area, Godwin Alabi, spoke on behalf of supporters, at Urhokpota Hall, Benin City during a visit by the governor.

Governor Obaseki hails from Oredo.

Alabi in his remark, said: “I want to thank the governor for all that he has been doing in the state. But one thing I will not forget to talk about is stomach infrastructure for members.

“This is part of your electioneering promises to the members of the party in the state. I know with your able lieutenants and advisers that will be a thing of the past. Sir, I only tell you as a reminder”.

The matter was also raised during the governor’s visit to Esan South-east local government area of the state.

State Chairman of the party, Anselm Ojezua, who described stomach infrastructure as political patronage, said, “I want to assure you that a labourer is entitled to his wages.”

“Everybody knows that and it is clear much more in politics than anything else. We have been patient for about one year and I can assure you that going into the next year you will begin to see and feel many things”, he told party faithful.

Responding, Obaseki assured the party members that he will fulfill all the promises​.​

He, however, added that no party member would benefit from political patronage if he​/she ​failed to actively participate in unit and ward activities.

“I promised that every ward will have political appointee. So, everything I will do in government, I will do through the party”, This day quoted him as saying.

“If you do not attend unit meetings, if you did not participate at the unit level or ward level and I want to give contract​, ​I will not give you. Everything I will do, I will do through the party structure.

“You cannot be local government chairman or ward councillor if you don’t attend unit meetings. The party must be strong so that I can use the party to govern because without the party I am nothing.

“We are going to be giving a lot of patronage from now on but I will only do it through the wards. I want us to strengthen the party. Every month each organ of the party must meet and we are going to start registration of members later this month.

“We want to make sure that each unit has to bring in new members into the party. I am also here to assure you that every promise I made during the election I will fulfill them by the grace of God. Also to let you know that I have not forgotten you.

“Now that things are getting better, I want to assure you that I will support those who supported me to get to office. I will give that support through the party structure”, he stated.


Source: Daily post

Edo Farmers To Cultivate 250,000 Hectares Of Land In Two Years – Obaseki

The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has disclosed that the goal of his administration in the next two years is to ensure that farmers in the State cultivate a minimum of 250,000 hectares of farmland.

Obaseki said this at the weekend during the 13th Esan Economic Empowerment Workshop, with the theme: “Modernising Agri-business in Esan Land for Economic Empowerment,” organised by the Association of Esan Professionals.

He explained that agriculture is at the centre of the economic reconstruction programme of the Federal Government as well as Edo State government due to the sector’s potential to create millions of jobs.

“This initiative is in line with my administration’s commitment to creating 200,000 jobs for Edo people, which we promised during our electioneering campaign,” the governor said.

He said agriculture is being embraced in Edo State due to the incentives his administration is providing to make access to land, fertiliser and other inputs easy for farmers.

He further said that his administration has revamped the Edo fertiliser plant in Auchi to enable farmers to have the same type of fertiliser after proper examination of the soil to ensure healthy crop production.

“We have equally revamped the College of Agriculture in the state to train our farmers and help them with the required knowledge to grow healthy agricultural products for export.”

Obaseki said the Gelegele Sea Port is another important project that will help in the export of finished agricultural products.

He urged the youths to embrace agriculture as his administration is creating the enabling environment for large-scale farming, easy access to land and improved seedlings.

“Agriculture is now scientifically done and mechanisation will help us compete in the international agricultural market.”

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbe, congratulated the organisers of the workshop and pledged the support of the federal government for their programme.

The Minister who was represented by the State Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Edo State Office, Omoragbon Wellington, assured that the Federal Government would support the group in the area of capacity building and supply of processing machines at a subsidised rate.

The president of the Association of Esan Professionals, organisers of the workshop, Barr. Mathew Egbadon, said the association was established with the sole objective of serving as a non- political platform for the Esan people to contribute their quota to the development of Esan land.

He said the association has established Esan Education Trust Fund to assist indigent students in accessing quality education.

Egbadon said the association is focusing on agriculture because Esan people have a comparative advantage in the sector with the vast land available for farming.

A highlight of the event was the presentation of a cash gift of N500, 000 to three schools for coming tops in a quiz competition organised to test their proficiency in Esan language.

The cash reward was to encourage proficiency in Edo languages in line with the state government’s resolve to promote Edo culture.


Edo Govt. Bans Road Transport Employers Association

The Edo State Government has announced the immediate proscription of the state’s chapter of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN).
The association has been ordered to close their offices across the state.

The ban became necessary to ensure the protection of lives and property and prevent the possible breakdown of law and order in the state.
The government assured all law abiding citizens that security agencies will be available to maintain peace and orderliness, and urged the public to desist from relating or transacting any business with the group until further information is provided by the state government.
The Edo State government is committed to sanitising the road transport sector and will not tolerate actions that could undermine the smooth implementation of the transport master plan.
The state government is resolute about enthroning law and order across the state and urges all law abiding citizens to go about their businesses without any fear of molestation.

Buhari Administration Considers Private Enterprise Catalyst For Nigeria Development – Osinbajo

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has said President Muhammodu Buhari administration consider private enterprise the vehicle at which nation’s developmental agenda can be achieved.


While speaking at commissioning of Edo State Fertilizer and Chemical Company in Auchi on Tuesday, Osinbajo stressed that for Nigeria to achieve her developmental agenda, private enterprise must be given priority as sole driver of the nation’s economy.



“As you are all well aware, the Buhari administration takes private enterprise very seriously. We believe that government resources cannot bring about the rapid roll out we need, especially in the areas of infrastructure and industrial development.



“It is the private sector that can do so. We are therefore committed to making it easy for businessmen to invest and do business everywhere in Nigeria.


“Every State and Local Government must be involved in the effort to ensure that private businesses thrive and create employment opportunity for our growing youth population.



“By harnessing private capital and the great entrepreneurial spirit of Nigerians, I believe we can seriously leverage government resources and accelerate economic development.










First let me say how pleased I am to be here in Auchi, I was here in camp as a Youth Corper in1979. I lived here among the warm and friendly people of Auchi for 6 weeks.


I have had the unique honour and privilege of visiting two great industrial enterprises in Edo State, all in one day. Earlier, we were at Okpella to commission the Edo Cement Plant of the BUA Group and the groundbreaking of their second 3 million tonnes per annum line. Now we are here at Auchi and what we have here is a 60,000 metric tonne fertilizer plant.


This state-owned fertilizer plant has been recently rehabilitated, as a Public-Private Partnership. The clear objective of establishing the plant is to boost farming activities and the agric value chain nationwide. This investment is a direct response to the Federal Government’s strategy of growing the Nigerian economy on a zero oil assumption.



Agriculture is that well-known but abandoned pathway to our economic diversification and national prosperity. The fundamental constraint to optimizing agriculture is access to inputs, fertilizer being a fundamental input. On the average, a Nigerian farmer uses 13kg per hectare of fertilizer compared with world average of 100kg per hectare.



This explains why Mr. President negotiated the December 2016 Fertilizer initiative, working with the Moroccan King, aimed at achieving local production of 1 million metric tons of NPK fertilizer for 2017 wet season farming. Reducing costs and delivering finished products at N5000-5500 per bag (formerly between N8-9,000 sometimes N13,000.



This, again, is an enterprise that will create at least 500 direct jobs and several more indirect jobs. It will bring us closer to self-sufficiency in fertilizer production and, perhaps most importantly, boost food production and reduce food prices, ultimately enhancing food security in Nigeria.



To the extent that it makes import unnecessary, this plant will also help us to conserve our hard earned foreign exchange. And to crown it all, I am happy to learn of the plan for a gradual extension of this project so as to steadily boost its output.



I am informed that this is an integral part of His Excellency, Governor Godwin Obaseki’s plan to support and actualize the job creation and food security objectives of President Muhammadu Buhari especially the NPK fertilizer initiative.


I must therefore hasten to congratulate the dynamic and far-sighted Governor, as well as the great people of Edo State, on this great achievement. Not only will this boost the local economy, it will also impact the national economy in a significant way. It is therefore a gift from Edo State to our great country.


As you are all well aware, the Buhari administration takes private enterprise very seriously. We believe that government resources cannot bring about the rapid roll out we need, especially in the areas of infrastructure and industrial development.



It is the private sector that can do so. We are therefore committed to making it easy for businessmen to invest and do business everywhere in Nigeria.


This accounts for the Presidential Enabling Business Council set up by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, the work of which was fortified by the Executive Order No. 1, which I executed on May 18, 2017, on the promotion of transparency and efficiency in the business environment and facilitation of the ease of doing business.


This efficiency and transparency drive is not a challenge to the Federal Government and its officials alone.



Every State and Local Government must be involved in the effort to ensure that private businesses thrive and create employment opportunity for our growing youth population.



By harnessing private capital and the great entrepreneurial spirit of Nigerians, I believe we can seriously leverage government resources and accelerate economic development.




Let me therefore commend the Edo State Government for this partnership with WACOT, already well known Afro processing company. Barely 3 weeks ago, I was in their rice milling plant in Kebbi State.


Your Excellency, I am therefore very happy to commission this plant, which will further assist us to realise our potentials in this area.


To the Glory of God and for the benefit of humanity, it is my singular honour to commission this fertilizer plant.




Laolu Akande


Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity


Office of the Vice President


29 August 2017

EU Investors Urges Other State To Emulate Obaseki

Obaseki seeks EU’s partnership to end illegal migration

The timely payment of counterpart funds for European Union (EU) projects and the timely implementation of the projects in Edo State by the Governor Godwin Obaseki administration, received commendation on Monday in Benin City.

The leader of a delegation of the European Union on Niger-Delta Support Programme (NDSP), Mr. Kurt Cornelis, said his team was impressed with the high level of commitment of the Edo State Government to the execution of projects under the NDSP and urged other governors to emulate Obaseki.

“Your government is really implementing the proposed reforms in water management, and that is a positive aspect and it is very commendable as well as encouraging,” Cornelis added.

In his response, Obaseki said there was the need to ensure synergy between his administration and the EU on the Niger-Delta Support Programme (NDSP) to avoid unnecessary duplication of efforts and guarantee sustainability in water and sanitation as well as in checking illegal migration.

“We must get our donor agencies to work together with us to avoid duplication and waste and ensure that those programmes are tied to our internal programmes and to enable us to provide more services for the people,” Obaseki said.

He stressed that he was aware that funding to check the challenge of illegal migration was available and added that his administration was reforming its processes to access the fund and create more opportunities in the state to discourage people from going down the tortuous path of illegal migration.

Obaseki Sympathies With Familes Of Auto Crash Victims In Edo

…Set to unveil new traffic wardens, policy

The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has expressed his sympathy for the victims and families of those who were involved in the auto crash that claimed nine lives on Tuesday, along Upper Sokponba Road in Benin City, Edo State.

Obaseki, who received the news with sadness and great distress, said: “particularly painful is the fact that the people were only just setting out early in the morning in search of their daily bread when the unfortunate incident occurred.”

He added that the state would soon unveil the new traffic wardens who have been undergoing training to take over traffic management on the state’s roads to check accidents and unprofessional conducts by drivers on the roads.

“The sad event brings the need to enhance the regulation of road traffic in the state into sharp focus. Which is why apart from our commitment to fixing our road infrastructure, we have recruited and trained a group of young men and women in the state to take charge of traffic management in the state,” the governor said.

The visibly shaken governor said that there were no words adequate to express the grief which members of the families of the accident victims have been suddenly thrust into, and assured that “as a government we want them to know that we stand with them in this desperately difficult time. Our prayers are with the friends and families of the victims as well as the entire Edo people in this trying time and our pledge to do all in our power to improve living conditions in the state remains unshaken.”

Edo Impeachment Saga: We’re In Control Of The Situation – APC

The chairman of the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr Anslem Ojezua, yesterday said there was no cause to be alarmed over the impeachment and subsequent elections that produced a new speaker and deputy speaker in the state House of Assembly on Monday, August 14, 2017.

Mr. Ojezua who gave the assurance at the Government House,  Benin City, after a peace meeting called by the state governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, assured that the party was still in consultation with  members of the state House of Assembly to ensure that the new  speaker’s election conforms to the party’s power sharing arrangement.

The party chairman explained that though members of parliament t have the  right to choose who they believe will lead them well, he however  stressed that the process must conform to the political framework of the state.

“We sought to find out if there were fundamental issues that led to the impeachment between yesterday and today; but we have found out that there are none, but personal differences among members of the house. Everybody has accepted that a change of leadership has occurred, but it is not over yet. Talks are ongoing to address the issues,” Ojezua said.

He added that leadership change was not new in the legislature as the National Assembly has witnessed similar changes.

Some members (16) of the Edo State House of Assembly on Monday impeached the former speaker, Dr. Justin Okonoboh, and elected Mr.

Kabiru Adjoto as the new Speaker, while Mr Victor Edoror emerged as new deputy speaker, replacing Mrs Elizabeth Ativie.

Mr Kabiru Adjoto representing Akoko Edo Constituency 1, is the fourth  Speaker to be elected in the Edo Assembly from 2015 till date.