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We’re not slow, says Oshiomhole

By Charles Kumolu
EDO—State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has dismissed claims that his administration was slow at delivering democratic dividends, saying that this was the first time the state was enjoying good governance.

He also lamented that he did not have good media management in the past, adding that it contributed to the mixed views some poeple had about his administration.

Oshiomhole, who disclosed this to newsmen in Benin, stated that his strength lied in the popular support he gets from the electorate.

According to him, “If  we have done thirty-one roads in eight months, then you will know where we are going to. If the previous government worked like this, there would not be complaints, so the question of being slow, as far as I am concerned, is not an issue. Go to the streets of Benin and ask the people about what we are doing in this state. I believe the people are our mouth-piece.”

In addition, the governor said, “the problem is that we had poor media section in the past. And it resulted to a problem of information management. The local press  we have will tell you about what we are doing. But due to the kind of media team we had in the past, we were not well represented by the national dailies. But things are better now. You went round and saw  what we have been able to do.”

He, however, stated that governance is not difficult for him because he was not imposed on the people.

“I still see myself as an activist. My previous job was more challenging than what I am doing now. Then you had to mobilise people which is not an easy thing to do. What makes governance difficult is that some leaders are imposed on the people. That situation creates absence of support. And people will become cynical about you. But it is not so in our case,” Oshiomhole added.


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