By SIMON EBEGBULEM, Benin City
THE Canadian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Chris Cooter, Friday, described the developmental strides of Governor Adams Oshiomhole in Edo state as monumental and urged other states in the country to emulate him.
Cooter spoke in Benin City, while addressing members of the civil society organizations in Edo state at the head quarters of the African Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ). According to him, “I just came back from Onitsha for the burial of Chinua Achebe, a great Nigerian, a great African. In fact, he received four Hononary doctorate degrees from Canadian Universities.
And President Jonathan and other world leaders were there and I was impressed with what President Jonathan said when he was talking about Chinua Achebe’s book, ‘There was a Country’. The President said there should be a country. And I was very happy because it shows Nigeria is determined and they need good governance that people will be proud of.’’
“And I have been in this country for almost three years and I feel some of the major problems you have is employment, electricity, equity. We are very proud to say that we are proud with what we saw here in Edo state two years ago, your Governor, Comrade Oshiomhole, we have seen evidence of good work he is doing here, the schools, the roads.
“I have been here about three times and each time I come I see improvement but unfortunately I have not been able to meet him here except in Abuja. But we have been talking about helping in vocational education system here in Edo state particularly the Benin Technical College. We are happy with the election that took place in Edo state recently, people were happy and that will tell you that good governance matters.
“Now that you are getting good governance you can see the difference. I have traveled 29 of the 36 states including the FCT, an I can tell you that you that Edo state has made a difference.Civil society is critical to the advancement of human rights and Nigeria and Canada will work together to ensure good governance.
“We stand with Nigeria in opposing all forms of violence, the people of the North have been suffering. We have been monitoring the situation and we know it is a very difficult problem. But Canada is with Nigeria in this matter and we are watching the situation and will always give our support in terms of security” he stated.