BENIN â€”GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State yesterday in Benin assured that all contending issues in the industrial dispute between the federal government and members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) would be resolved within the next two weeks to prevent the university teachers from continuing its strike.
The governor, who made this pledge while receiving the executive of the correspondents chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo state council, said â€œeveryday lost in academic is a day lost foreverâ€.
He expressed confidence that the nationâ€™s educational system would soon be strengthened, adding that the future of Nigeria depended on credible elections and urged journalists to report factually during elections.
He expressed concerns about some media reportage of Akoko â€“ Edo Constituency I reâ€“run election in August, explaining that contrary to such reports, the election was incidentâ€“free, compared to what happened in reâ€“run elections elsewhere in the country.
Expressing gratitude for the tremendous support he had enjoyed from the media, especially from members of the correspondents chapel since his assumption ofÂ office on November 12, 2008, the governor regretted that journalists fight for society but no one fights for their welfare.
He congratulated members of the correspondents chapel for organizing a free and fair election and promised that his administration would coâ€“operate and collaborate with the leadership and members of the chapel.
Chairman of the Correspondents Chapel, Mr. Adewumi Faniran, had told Governor Oshiomhole earlier in his address that the crisis in the chapel had been resolved and commended him for his breakthrough in the federal government/ASUU faceâ€“off.
He also commended the governor for the effort he was making to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of Edo State .
Highlight of the visit was the donation of a 15â€“seat bus by Edo state government to members of the correspondents chapel to ease their movement.
BY GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
BENIN â€“ IN its determination towards reducing environmental degradation in Edo State,Â the state government has said that it would put in place a new waste management system that would enable individuals do waste separation before evacuation.
It also disclosed that investors have been invited to develop an integrated waste management system for the production of energy.
State Commissioner for Environment and Public Utilities, Prince Clem Agba, made this disclosure while speaking on the occasion of this yearâ€™s World Post Day in Benin .
The Nigerian Postal Service organized a campaign against HIV/AIDS as well as sensitization on environmental protection, as part of activities to mark the 2009 World Post Day.
Prince Agba commended NIPOST for its interest in health issues as well as protection of the environment.
Commenting on the activities of the demolition committee in the state which in recent times had attracted scathing criticisms from some members of the public, the commissioner explained that the exercise was aimed at restoring the Benin City Master Plan for proper flood control and challenged other sectors to come up with ideas on environmental protection.
Earlier in a welcome address, the Post Masters General of the federation, Mallam Ibrahim Mori Baba, said the 2009 celebration was unique, in view of the campaign for an HIV/AIDS free society and environmental protection that ensures Green Growth.
Mallam Mori Baba, whose speech was presented by the Area Postal Manager, Bala Yahya, said the global post has focused its concern on the ways and means of harnessing a better world with improved living standards for all humanity.