By Simon Ebegbulem
Mr. Godwin Obaseki has been urged to minimize wastage in government when he takes over as governor of the state.
The presiding priest of St. Peters Anglican Church, Benin Diocese, Venerable Osaro Igbinosa, gave the advice during a thanksgiving service at the Church by the governor-elect, and the deputy governor-elect, Philip Shaibu.
Igbinosa, who took his Bible reading from Joshua chapter 1 verse 8, said the prevailing economic recession in the country could become a silver lining, if only the led and the leaders were courageous enough to take tough decisions.
“This is not the time to waste the wealth of the state in this time of recession. There are some states in this country that cannot even pay full salaries.
“You (Obaseki) should work more than Governor Oshiomhole. He believes you have the integrity and that you (Obaseki) will not steal the money belonging to Edo State.
“Those of us who are priests should not turn the Government House to church.
“Don’t twist the hand of the governor…If you want to succeed, you must step on toes,” he said
Responding, the Governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki, said he would stick to the admonition of the church. Obaseki said: “We won an election last week that can easily be described as the most peaceful election in our recent history.”
“ In an election that was conducted in about 5,000 polling units, not one life was lost, I think it is something to be thankful to God for. Everything he (Venerable Osaro Igbinosa) said today (Sunday) is apt for governance”.
On his part, Hon. Philip Shaibu assured that the incoming government would consolidate on the development and infrastructural renewal of the state government.
“As a Christian, the only way to continually receive the blessings of God is to give back to Him.
“I am thanking God not only for the victory but because nobody died” he said.