BY SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN—GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, has urged the people of the state to expect brighter days in 2014.
In a New Year message by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Peter Okhiria, the governor, said that the out gone year was one of peace, stability and tremendous progress in the socio-economic life of the state.
He said: “I congratulate the good people of Edo State, and indeed the entire people of Nigeria for seeing yet another year. For us in Edo State, the out gone year was generally peaceful and was marked by growth in all sectors of the state.
“As we enter the New Year, I urge the people of Edo State to look forward to brighter days ahead. In addition to sustaining our efforts at developing and renewing infrastructure in the state, government has also beamed its focus on expanding the economy of the state; increasing the Gross Domestic Product and creating wealth. We expect our efforts to start yielding positive fruits in the New Year.
“I appeal to our people to remain vigilant in the New Year to ensure that evildoers are not given a free hand to operate in our state.
“I salute the good people of the state: our royal fathers, the professional groups, civil servants, student bodies, civil society groups, market women and the ordinary people in the streets, for standing by this administration in the out gone year.
“I also commend the Christian and Muslim communities, including people of other faiths in the state, for their prayers and for their peaceful and brotherly coexistence.
“I recognise the contributions of the security agencies in the maintenance of peace and security in the state in the out gone year. As we march together into the New Year 2014, I again count on the goodwill and support of all Edo sons and daughters to make our state a model for others to emulate.
“I wish you a happy and bountiful New Year and pray for God’s peace on you and your family,” he added.