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Oshiomhole swears in new Head of Service

By SIMON EBEGBULEM, Benin City
GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of EdoState has sworn in Mr. Jerry E. Obazele as the new Head of Service with a charge to reposition the service to meet modern challenges.

Speaking after the new Head of Service had subscribed to the relevant oath-of- office, Governor Oshiomhole  congratu-lated him on his well-deserved appointment.

On Mr. Obazele’s choice as the new helmsman in the Edo State Civil Service, the Governor had this to say: “There would be many who are competent and eligible, but at any point in time it is only one person that God will choose to head a system. For the records, let me say that your appointment is based strictly on merit”.

While speaking further on his choice as the new HOS, Oshiomhole said “I have looked at the list of the Permanent Secretaries, on the conventional approach of seniority, you are probably number three or number four. That is when you use the criteria of the last appointment as permanent secretary. In my view this is not the best way to measure and to determine seniority.

Oshiomhole who reminded the new HOS of the importance of the oath-of-office said “the problem of the country is that after subscribing to the oath, because it is not  juju, some believe that the oath- of-office is a mere formality that is not meant to be obeyed”.

…apologises to widow, says “I regret my action”

Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has apologised to the widow whose wares were confiscated at the Oba Ovonramwen Square, Benin City last week.

Speaking to a delegation of Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria in Government House Benin City, yesterday, Oshiomhlole said “I regret my action”.

According to the Governor:   “Last week, I had an encounter with a young lady at Oba Ovonramwen Square by Mission Road. She was trading on the road and too many people have been doing this. They block the road with their wares. Part of the problem of Benin before now is that it is so difficult to drive round the City. “We have various officers we have assigned to keep the roads clean, to keep the walkways clean so that people can walk. As you may have noticed in the past, there is no street in Benin City that had a walk way.But you find some of our women; they just convert the road to trading post.’’

For years we have been sermonizing. I came across this young lady who choose to put her wares right on the road thereby creating blockade and obstruction.

We are all human and in my anger I said to her, how would you be doing this?   I asked them to confiscate her wares. She told me ‘I am a widow’ and I said if you are a widow must you do things that would make other women widows. By this obstruction you have caused, you could cause accident. You could actually get knocked down.

“In the process I probably said something that I should not have said. I want to say that I do appreciate that I come from a very poor background. I understand the pains of the poor. We also need to be careful so that the poor do not create more problems.

“Just to say to our women that I regret having said what I said to her. But I am troubled by what I see sometimes. We spend tax payers’ money to build roads so that people can walk and yet some of these things happen. I regretted that particular action but help us to preach to our women to try and respect the right of way”, the Governor urged the FOMWAN officials.

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