By Simon Ebegbulem
Members of Benin Forum, the apex socio-political organisation in Edo State, have scored Edo State governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, high on infrastructural development in the state.
Benin Forum gave the score-card when its members, led by Chief David Edebiri, Esogban of Benin, joined Governor Oshiomhole on inspection of some projects in the state capital.
Chief Edebiri, who marvelled at the level of reclamation done on the Queen Ede gully erosion site, said critics of the government should see the project to be convinced that the money that comes to the state was judiciously spent.
He said: “We have 12 Wards in Oredo and I would love them to one day, come and see this. Those critics should come and see what is going on here, so that they may know that any money that comes to this state is for development and not wasted or appropriated to individual pockets.
“The work going on here is simply marvellous and I have asked that those lame duck critics in Benin City and elsewhere should be given the opportunity to come and see this work.”
Also, the Enogie of Evbuobanosa, Prof. Greg Akenzua said: “A lot of earthwork is being done at Queen Ede erosion site and as you can see, many of the homes there have been restored and the people are happy with the governor that he has brought happiness to them, that he has saved their homes. So, we must commend the governor for his courage.”
At the Upper Siluko Area of the State, which was hitherto devastated by flood, HRH Prof Akenzua said, “We can see that a lot of money has been spent here. Those who knew the difficulty of this terrain will appreciate this. Many people had abandoned their houses because of the flood, now they are all returning and the Teachers House, was notorious for the flood water that used to be here.
“It was not passable but now, look at the road, quite solid and the drains are wide and the place is dry. So we are very happy and the people in the neighbourhood are all cheering as we appeared, so we are all very happy.”