Nigeria @ 59: Obaseki calls for collective effort to rebuild nation

BENIN CITY – The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has called for collective effort among Nigerians, regardless of ethnic, religious and political leanings, to build a progressive country, as the nation marks her 59th Independence anniversary.
In a statement, the governor said as Nigerians celebrate the memorable day, the state government and its people are fired up by “a common determination to work together as a people to build this country into a strong, formidable and prosperous nation.”
According to him, “On this auspicious day, I congratulate fellow countrymen on the landmark attainment on October 1, 1960, the day we acquired the right to chart the course of our destiny on our own terms.
“Today, our belief in the Nigerian nation has not waned. Instead, we are encouraged by our common determination to work together as a people to build this country into a strong, formidable and prosperous nation.”
He stressed that Nigerians have no choice than to work for the progress of Nigeria as it is the only place they can really call home, noting, “There may be disagreements and issues that may challenge our faith in our dear country, but it is undeniable that we have more ties that bind us together and we must not succumb to the discordant tunes that may threaten our corporate existence.”
“In Edo State, we are re-enacting the legacies of our past heroes who had at one time or the other set the state on the path of progress with their noble legacies. We are therefore dedicated to the goal of ensuring that we have a state that has the full complement of infrastructure, policies and other amenities to provide the people with the right environment to live fruitful, prosperous lives,” he added.
Stressing the need for Nigeria to consolidate on her democratic journey, and ensure a sustained march towards a free, united and indivisible country, the governor said, “I will always put you, my great Edo people, first in all our endeavours as a government. The focus of this administration is to transform this state into a place where the rule of law will guide and be fair to all, where opportunities will be open to the poor as it is to the rich, and where there will be the dignity of labour, regardless of your position in society.
“I join millions of Nigerians in celebrating this remarkable day and pray for more years of prosperity, progress and unity. Our resolve remains firm and our belief unwavering in our sure-footed quest to transform the social, economic and political fortunes of Nigeria towards meeting the aspirations of our founding fathers and our people.
“I restate my commitment to you the people, your economic prosperity and yearnings for social justice, infrastructural development, sound education and improved healthcare.”

Edo Specialist Hospital offers free medical check-up for senior citizens in Edo

BENIN CITY – As part of activities to celebrate the International Older Persons Day and Nigeria’s Independence Anniversary, the Edo Specialist Hospital would throw its doors open for persons above 60 years old in the state to undertake free medical checks at the state-of-the-art facility.
The Edo Specialist Hospital was recently opened to the public after minor repairs, to serve as a reference hospital in the state, providing highly-sought-after medical services with its state-of-the-art equipment and highly-skilled personnel.
The International Older persons Day is commemorated by the United Nations and its sister agencies on October 1, every year.
In a statement by its management, the hospital said the free medical check-up would commence from 9 am to 2 pm, and would be open to senior citizens, including retirees and those about to retire in the state.
According to the management, the hospital will be open for free medical check-up for senior citizens, which provides an opportunity for this group of people to access medical check-up in the hospital facility without registration.
Some of the services on offer to mark the International Day for Older Persons include consultancy, counselling, screening for hypertension and diabetes, among others.
The hospital’s management added that necessary arrangements have been concluded for the exercise, which is part of its way of fulfilling its corporate social responsibility in the community.

Obaseki’s reforms: Edo govt inducts over 1,000 newly recruited civil servants

L-R: Edo State Auditor-General, Mr. Bernard Aigbe; Head of Service, Mr. Isaac Ehiozuwa, and Permanent Secretary, Directorate of Establishments, Training and Manpower Services, Deborah Enakhimion Esq., at the commencement of a 3-day orientation programme for over 1,000 civil servants recently recruited into the state civil service, in Benin City, on Monday, September 30, 2019.

BENIN CITY – In line with Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki’s vision to reposition the state’s civil service for optimal performance, the state government has commenced a 3-day orientation programme for over 1,000 civil servants who were recently recruited into the state civil service.
While declaring the orientation programme open at Imaguero College in Benin City, the State’s Head of Service, Mr. Isaac Ehiozuwa, said the programme was organised by the state government for officers on Grade level 07 and above who were appointed into the mainstream of the state’s civil service between 2017 and 2018.
According to him, “These officers were absorbed into the mainstream of the civil service in 2017. They also include those recruited in 2018 by the Edo State Civil Service Commission.
“The main thrust of the exercise is to develop their capacity on rules guiding the civil service and train them on how to conduct themselves as civil servants while discharging their duties.”
Ehiozuwa urged the participants to take advantage of the programme to understand what is required of them in the discharge of their duties, adding, “Edo State government, under the leadership of Governor Godwin Obaseki, is committed to ensuring training and re-training of every category of staff in the state public service to achieve efficiency and ensure effective service delivery to taxpayers.”
He said civil servants must continue to represent government positively and show respect for constituted authority, noting, “These are sacrosanct in the service, as the government rewards hard work. There is also a mechanism that exists in the service designed to call erring staff to order.”
Permanent Secretary, Directorate of Establishments, Training and Manpower Services in the office of Head of Service, Mrs Deborah Enakhimion, said the purpose of the programme is to formally acquaint participants with necessary guidelines for conduct in the civil service, including financial instruments and other government regulations.
Enakhimion noted that over 1000 participants from different state ministries are scheduled to partake in the programme, which has been spread for a three-day duration to accommodate everyone.
In a lecture entitled ‘Rules and Ethical Principles of Civil Service,’ a retired Permanent Secretary, Barr. Steve Omorodion urged the new civil servants to acquaint themselves with the civil service rules, other regulations and extant circulars so as to provide optimal service to Edo people.

Obaseki builds, donates Industrial Court to FG

L-R, front row: President of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN), Justice Babatunde Adejumo; Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki; his Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu; Chief Judge of Edo State, Justice Esohe Ikponmwen; Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, during the commissioning of the Benin Division of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, constructed by the Edo State Government.


The Governor Godwin Obaseki-led government in Edo State has built an Industrial Court in Benin and donated the court complex to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) to handle industrial disputes in the state.
The Court, located in the Government Reserved Area (GRA) of Benin City, the state capital, was handed over to the NICN, when its President, Justice Babatunde Adejumo, visited the state for the commissioning of the court complex, which is the temporary site of the Industrial Court in the state.
According to Justice Adejumo, the Benin Division of the Industrial Court will promote industrial harmony in the state as well as provide succour for lawyers who used to travel to Akure to attend to cases from Edo State.
Noting that the court will promote peace and progress in the state, he said, “The facility is great and the building is good. This is the product of cooperation and I thank the governor for this.”

He explained that the Court was established in 1976 and he came on board 16 years ago, adding that the new court complex in Edo State is the 28th to be established in the country.
Governor Obaseki said: “This is the first in the series where we will be handing over properties to the Judiciary as we have several of them undergoing construction in the state.”
The governor assured that his administration has already provided an accommodation for Hon. Justice Adeola Adewemimo, who will be the first resident Judge of the National Industrial Court in Benin City.
“We are investing in our Judiciary as we have started the first in the series of accommodation for Judges in the state and we will not discriminate as we will ensure a comfortable accommodation for them. Our plan next year is to develop an estate for Judges in the GRA area of Edo State,” he added.
He explained that the Court was established in 1976 and he came on board 16 years ago, adding that the new court complex in Edo State is the 28th to be established in the country.
Governor Obaseki said: “This is the first in the series where we will be handing over properties to the Judiciary as we have several of them undergoing construction in the state.”
The governor assured that his administration has already provided an accommodation for Hon. Justice Adeola Adewemimo, who will be the first resident Judge of the National Industrial Court in Benin City.
“We are investing in our Judiciary as we have started the first in the series of accommodation for Judges in the state and we will not discriminate as we will ensure a comfortable accommodation for them. Our plan next year is to develop an estate for Judges in the GRA area of Edo State,” he added.He explained that the Court was established in 1976 and he came on board 16 years ago, adding that the new court complex in Edo State is the 28th to be established in the country.
Governor Obaseki said: “This is the first in the series where we will be handing over properties to the Judiciary as we have several of them undergoing construction in the state.”
The governor assured that his administration has already provided an accommodation for Hon. Justice Adeola Adewemimo, who will be the first resident Judge of the National Industrial Court in Benin City.
“We are investing in our Judiciary as we have started the first in the series of accommodation for Judges in the state and we will not discriminate as we will ensure a comfortable accommodation for them. Our plan next year is to develop an estate for Judges in the GRA area of Edo State,” he added.
He explained that the Court was established in 1976 and he came on board 16 years ago, adding that the new court complex in Edo State is the 28th to be established in the country.
Governor Obaseki said: “This is the first in the series where we will be handing over properties to the Judiciary as we have several of them undergoing construction in the state.”
The governor assured that his administration has already provided an accommodation for Hon. Justice Adeola Adewemimo, who will be the first resident Judge of the National Industrial Court in Benin City.
“We are investing in our Judiciary as we have started the first in the series of accommodation for Judges in the state and we will not discriminate as we will ensure a comfortable accommodation for them. Our plan next year is to develop an estate for Judges in the GRA area of Edo State,” he added.

Make Use of Your Entrepreneurial Skills, Gov Obaseki Tells Corp Members

OKADA – Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has urged the 1,250 “Batch B Stream II” corpers deployed to the state for their mandatory one year service to their father land to display their entrepreneurial skills in their areas of primary assignment.
Addressing the Youth Corpers who were winding up on a three week orientation course at the NYSC temporary Orientation Camp, Okada, on behalf of the Governor, Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu told them to key into the Edo Job website to keep abreast with more entrepreneurial skills that can be of benefit to them individually .
He said, “I wish to commend the NYSC management for introducing and making the skills acquisition programme compulsory for corps members during the service year.
“This has gone a long way to align with the Federal Government’s policy of equipping young graduates with necessary skills to boost self reliance and enhance entrepreneurship which serves as the desired catalyst for our industrial development.”
Reminding them that the scheme was designed to serve as a medium for national unity and integration as well as provide professional manpower to ensure even development, Obaseki encouraged the Corpers to make sacrifices for the development of the state which was inline with the demands of the National Service scheme.
He informed them of their roles and responsibilities in the task of nation building which has launched them into mainstream socio-economic development, a complementary role in nation building which is crucial at this point in time when the nation is faced with both political and economic challenges.
He advised them to make positive impact on their host communities, especially now when the nation and Edo State in particular is undergoing various reforms and developmental challenges.
He nonetheless sued for their noninvolvement in vices, avoid unnecessary travelling but interact freely with their host communities to understand their culture and traditions, adding that Edo people are friendly and accommodating.
NYSC State Coordinator, Mr Adebayo Ojo stated that there was no incidence or serious injuries of the 1,250 duly registered corpers for the orientation programme.
In line with the scheme, he pleaded with employers of labour to address the welfare needs of Corp members with the provision of accommodation, settlement of medical bills, transportation and other welfare needs, especially their security concerns.
On his part, Commissioner for Youths Development, Hon. Damian Lawani maintained that as future leaders, these youths should deploye the knowledge gained from school and orientation camp to impact on society.
Affter orientation, orpers are usualy posted out to areas of critical need for the enhancement of rural health care delivery, education, rural infrastructure and agricultural development.

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