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Demolitions to restore Benin’s master plan, says Deputy Gov

By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—Edo State Deputy Governor, Dr. Pius Egberanmwen Odubu, has said that the on-going demolition of illegal structures in Benin City was a manifestation of what the state would look like in the next few years.

Odubu, who spoke yesterday in Benin while receiving the Executive Officers of the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), said the present administration in the state was committed to the sanitation of the state as evidenced in the demolition, which, he said, is aimed at restoring the Benin City Master Plan.

He added that the Oshiomhole government was committed to making the state better than it met it, just as he promised that they will deliver on their campaign promises.

He pleaded with NULGE to help explain government policies and programme to other members of the public, saying government was committed to the cause of the common man.

He disclosed that in all government policies that have been introduced, especially taxation, there was no new initiative so far, except that it embarked on strict compliance with Federal Government Law on taxation.

He said the present tax regime was to place the burden on those who could bear it, adding that accruals would be judiciously used for the benefit of the people.

Disclosing government readiness to provide the enabling environment for workers in the state, Odubu said the government was workers friendly and solicited NULGE’s partnership with government in the task of moving the state forward

Currently, he said, government is in the process of posting the recently recruited 400 graduates to various ministries as their places of primary assignment.

He said the Rapid Response Agency and the Board of Internal Revenue were in the process of recruiting indigenes of the state as staff, while the Ministry of Commerce and Industry was in the process of recruiting trainees who, on completion of their training programme, would receive start-up capital from government

Deputy President of NULGE in the state, Kingsley Iyamu,  earlier in his address, pledged the union’s resolve to support the programme and policies of Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s government.


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