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Obaseki felicitates with Muslims on Eid-el-Maulud



Obaseki felicitates with Muslims on Eid-El-Maulud

By Nefishetu Yakubu
Benin, Nov.11, 2019 Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo on Monday urged Muslims in the state to emulate the good morals and teachings of tolerance of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W).

In a statement made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Benin, Obaseki urged Muslim faithful to continue to show love and good neighbourliness espoused in Islam as they celebrate the birth of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W).

He urged them to commit themselves to the teachings of the prophet not just as a matter of religious obligation but a means to promote peaceful living in a multicultural society.

“I felicitate with our Muslim brothers and sisters in Edo State and across Nigeria on this day set aside to celebrate the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W).”

“This occasion, once again, reminds us all of the virtues of the Prophet, which we should emulate in advancing love, peace and progress of the state and country.

“Muslims constitute a major force for peace and progress wherever they may be, and we are glad that our Muslim brothers and sisters have been an integral part of our march to development in the state,” he said.

Obaseki encouraged Muslims to continue to eschew acts and behaviours that undermine the unity and progress of the society.

The governor, however, expressed appreciation to Muslims for supporting his administration’s policies and programmes aimed at building a total and sound society in Edo.

Edited by Felix Ajide


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Obaseki announces Ohonbamu’s replacement as Commissioner for information



Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has approved the appointment of Mr Stewart Efe as the state’s new Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, shortly after less Mr Paul  Ohonbamu, resigned from the position.

In a statement, Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, said the appointment was with immediate effect.

The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has approved the appointment of Mr Stewart Efe as Commissioner for Communication and Orientation. His appointment takes immediate effect,” he said.

Efe, until his appointment was the Public Relations Officer, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Uselu, Benin City.

He hails from Ward 9, Egor Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

The new commissioner was a top contender as Chairman, Egor LGA, in the last local council elections, but stepped down for party interest.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ohonbamu said he resigned from the state cabinet for the good of Edo people and thanked Obaseki for the privilege given him to serve in his cabinet.

Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Edo APC Primaries: Obaseki visits Aso Villa, seeks Buhari’s blessing



President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met behind closed door with Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports the meeting which was at the instance of the governor, came ahead of the governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC), scheduled for June, 2020.

Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Obaseki said he was in the Presidential Villa to formally intimate the president of his intention to seek re-election as governor of Edo on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

The governor, who is believed to be at loggerhead with the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiohmole, over his second term ambition, presented his Expression of Interest form to the president for blessing.

“I came to see Mr President to formally inform him of my desire and intention to seek re-election as governor of Edo State on the platform of the APC in the forthcoming gubernatorial election.

“As a father of the country, as our president I should not just assume or take things for granted – I have to come to inform him and solicit his support in my gubernatorial bid, and the president was quiet warm and quiet welcoming.

“When I showed him my Expression of Interest form, he looked through it and teased me that he would not have to go through this again and wished me good luck and assured me of his support,’’ he said.

On the political tussle in Edo, the governor stated that the crisis was being instigated from outside the state.

Obaseki also described the political misunderstanding between him and Oshiohmole as very unfortunate, saying however that he was ready to reach a truce with all aggrieved members of the APC.

“It is unfortunate that he (Oshiohmole) is taking the position he has taken. I believe that he was not properly guided.

“I am his Governor and it is my responsibility to seek peace for my State and with all my citizens.

“I will continue to strive for peace, I will continue to pursue peace, seek the interest of our people and I am open, that we should talk about how to move things forward.

“The relationship is still frosty but I am doing all I can to try and make it warm just for the sake of Edo people. I am committed to whatever it will take to have peace and not to lose lives in Edo, within the law, whatever I can do that is constitutional, I will do,’’ he stated.

According to the governor, he has the full support of his counterparts, all the governors elected on the platform of the APC, in line with the principles of the party, which encourages continuity.

On the COVID-19 pandemic, the governor revealed that about 300,000 out of the targeted 500,000 indigenes of the state had so far been screened for Coronavirus disease.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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Court bars Edo Govt, Gov. Obaseki from prosecuting Oshiomhole 



A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has restrained  the Edo Government and Gov Godwin Obaseki from arresting and prosecuting the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole.

NAN reports that a panel of inquiry set up by the state government headed by Justice J.U Oyomire, had in a white paper indicted Oshiomhole and recommended that criminal proceedings be commenced against him.

Oshiomhole, in an Ex parte motion, through his counsel, Mr Ehiogie West- Idahosa, asked the court to stop his arrest and prosecution on account of the report.

The Edo government, however through its counsel Mr Alex Ejeiseme, SAN, went to the court with a preliminary objection to stop the ex parte order from being heard.

Ejeiseme argued that since he was challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the matter, the court must determine the issue of jurisdiction before entertaining any other application.

He agreed that he had not been served the applicant’s processes, but that he responded based on an online version he had printed.

Following listening to arguments by parties, Justice Ahmed Mohammed ordered respondents in the matter not to take any decision on the matter pending the determination of the issue of jurisdiction.

”An interim order is hereby made restraining the prosecution of the applicant pursuant to the report submitted to the 1st to 3rd respondents or any white paper, pending the determination of the issue of jurisdiction raised in the 1st to 4th respondents’ notice of preliminary objection, the judge said.

The court also directed Oshiomhole’s counsel to serve all the respondents his processes within 48 hours.

Also named as respondents in the suit are the Attorney- General and Commissioner of Justice for Edo, Justice J.U Oyomire, Inspector-General of Police and the Department of State Services.

Justice Mohammed later adjourned the matter until June 17.

Edited to Abiodun Esan/Sadiya Hamza



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Edo election: Group purchases APC nomination form for Gov. Obaseki



The Obaseki Mandate Forum, a pressure group, has purchased the expression of interest and nomination forms for Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo for the governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The forum’s Chairman, Mr Nathaniel Momoh, said this at a news conference shortly after obtaining the forms at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has slated the governorship election in the state for Sept. 19, 2020.
“Our friends in the media, it would amaze you to know, that the N22.5 million for the purchase of this forms was sourced from like minds who have the enthronement of good governance.
“As well as focus on people’s welfare and infrastructural development in Edo since the coming on board of our dynamic, focused and dedicated Gov.Godwin Obaseki,” he said.
According to him, the people of Edo both at home and in the Diaspora made this happen.
“We are confident that the will of the people will manifest in an unmistakable term on June 22, when our party conducts its primaries for the standard flag bearer in the governorship race.
“We are convinced that no other name among those whose names are being touted qualifies as the incumbent and performing Gov. Godwin Obaseki.
“We are optimistic that his pedigree will make him emerge winner to lead the party to the democratic contest in which he will again emerge winner to continue to boost the state revenue and infrastructure,” Momoh said.
He called on all sons and daughters of the state to join hands in the crusade through their votes, campaign or support in whatever shade possible to ensure the re-election of our Obaseki on Sept. 19.

Edited By: Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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May Day: Obaseki  hails health workers, others for fight against COVID-19



Gov Godwin Obaseki of Edo has hailed workers in the state, especially those in the health sector, for their sacrifice, resilience and commitment in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The governor said this in commemoration of Workers’ Day, a celebration of labourers and the working class promoted by the International Labour Movement, marked every May 1.

“As we celebrate Workers’ Day today, we salute the commitment and resilience of all Edo workers who are working tirelessly to build a state we can all be proud of through their meaningful services and sacrifices.

“Today, we specially celebrate our health workers and other first responders, who have shown rare courage and passion on the frontlines of our efforts to manage the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are extremely grateful to all of you, as you work round the clock, putting your lives on the line, to fight this common enemy. We owe you a debt of gratitude.

“Although these are trying times for us all, I want to reiterate that despite dwindling economic fortunes caused by the pandemic, we remain resolute in our commitment to the welfare of workers in Edo.

“This is why we have ensured the payment of all workers and pensioners in the state as and when due.

“We have continued to provide in-service training, life insurance and special allowances to all health workers managing the coronavirus pandemic in the state.

“Although this is not equivalent to the extent of their sacrifice, it will at least ensure that they are well motivated to carry out their roles, even more effectively.

“As we ramp up efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, we urge you to stay at home and comply with all safety measures against this deadly virus.

“If you must go out, ensure to use face-mask. Avoid large gatherings of more than 20 persons, observe social distancing, wash your hands regularly  with soap under running water and use alcohol-based hand sanitisers.

“Cover your mouth and nose properly when sneezing and/or coughing”, the governor added.

Edited By: Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

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Gov. Obaseki extends dusk to dawn curfew for another 14 days



Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo, on Thursday, extended the dusk-to dawn curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for another 14 days.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Obaseki, had on April 19, announced a 10-day dusk to dawn curfew to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

The governor, announced the extension at a media briefing in Benin on the progress made so far to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

“Since my last public update about 10 days ago, we have made tremendous progress in the area of screening, testing and improving awareness on the pandemic for our people.

“Working closely with the public and private hospitals, we have screened no fewer than 20,000 people and tested 297 of them.

“This increased screening and testing is the reason for the increased number of cases in the state.

“We are aggressively pushing to screen our minimum target of about 500,000 people and test about one percent of them which is about 5,000 in the next few weeks.

“As we increase testing, we are likely to see an astronomic rise in the number of cases in the state.

“Of the 20,000 people we have screened and the 297 sample taken, we have recorded 37 confirmed cases as at today, discharged eight and lost three people.

“It is worthy of note that late testing was a strong factor leading to fatality. That is why I am advising everybody to go out for screening at the numerous screening centres in the state”.

Obaseki said that the various screening centres offered free medical services, free face mask and free multivitamins.

“Am confident that we can beat this virus if we follow the measures put in place strictly.

“I want to appreciate the good people of the state for their cooperation and compliance with the curfew which l imposed 10 days ago.

“I know that the curfew has created inconveniences and loss of incomes to many families, however, this is the sacrifice we have to pay to protect the citizens and their families.

“We have decided to begin another round of palliative distribution to the vulnerable groups in our communities.

“With the lessons we have learnt in the past, we have put measures in place to make sure that only the targeted people receive these items,” he said.

The governor, however, lauded the health workers as frontline workers.

He said that the sate government had approved the payment of hazard allowances ranging from N90,000 to N300,000 depending on their cadre.

According to him, only the health workers, who are participating in the fight against COVID-19 will benefit from the hazard allowance.

Obaseki thanked the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state for volunteering to serve in the state COVID-19 response committee.

He called on politicians to suspend politics and focus on how to contain the spread of the disease in the state.

The governor declared one Mrs Amaka Okoro, who tested positive for COVID-19 wanted for treatment.

According to him, the woman is a nursing mother and her baby is already coughing.

“She lives at No 2 Atoe Idubor Street, off 2nd Ugbor, Benin City and she has been unreachable since her results was positive,” he said.

Edited By: Debo Oshundun//Yemi Idris-Aduloju (NAN)

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COVID-19: Obaseki imposes 10-day dusk-to-dawn curfew on Edo



Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has imposed a 10-day dusk-to-dawn curfew on the state, with effect from April 20.
Obaseki made the announcement on Sunday through his official twitter handle.
According to him, the curfew will prohibit movement of people from 7 pm. to 6 am. within the period.
The governor said that the curfew would be reviewed after the 10-day period within which government must have increased screening and testing for the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
He said that the decision was to ensure strict compliance with all the measures aimed at curbing the spread of the deadly virus in the state.
“Dear Edo people, to ensure strict compliance with measures to curb the spread of #COVID-19, I have given an order prohibiting movement of people in Edo state from 7 pm. to 6 am.
“This order will be reviewed after 10 days when we have increased screening and testing,” the governor said in the handle.
Obaseki said that the state government’s decision to impose partial lockdown was to ensure that the economy of the state was not totally shutdown.
According to him, it is also not meant to expose the people of the state to hardship and fatal incidents that might follow a total lockdown.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state had recorded 15 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 and discharged six, with one death and eight active cases.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Obaseki mourns Abba Kyari



Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo on Saturday commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari over the death of his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abba Kyari.

The governor said in a statement in Benin that he received the news of the passage of Kyari with sadness, adding that his death was a personal loss.

“Having associated with Abba Kyari for over two decades, I found him to be a complete gentleman, very intellectual and a true Nigerian patriot.

“He was a forthright man who was resolute in his conviction and loyal to any cause he believed in.

” I admire how he stood with President Muhammadu Buhari through thick and thin.

” I, therefore, express my personal condolences and that of Edo people to President Buhari who we know will also miss Abba Kyari greatly,” Obaseki said.

Kyari, whose death was announced on Saturday morning, had since been buried in Abuja  according to Islamic rites.

Edited By: Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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Obaseki announces discharge of 5 COVID-19 patients in Edo



Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo on Friday announced the discharge of five COVID-19 patients in the state.

Obaseki, who announced this via his twitter handle said the five patients were fully recovered having tested negative twice.

The governor said, “I am pleased to announce that five of the confirmed cases in Edo have now tested negative twice for COVID-19. They have thus been discharged.

“This bolsters our resolve to defeat the common enemy, as we roll out more measures to check the spread of COVID-19”, he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Edo has 15 confirmed cases with 14 active and one death as announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The Five discharged persons now brings to Nine the number of patients still in the isolation centres in the state

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)

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