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Edo leads in developmental strides among APC-controlled states in January – Report

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Edo State has been ranked as the state with the most developmental strides among All Progressives Congress (APC)-controlled states in the country for the month of January on account of Governor Godwin Obaseki’s relentless drive to bring development to Edo people.

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, His Deputy, Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu and Edo State APC Secretary, Mr. Lawrence Okah, during the reception of defectors from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Esan South East Local Government Area of the state, at the APC State Secretariat, Airport Road, Benin City, on Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The feat is contained in the January 2019 Progressive Strides – Tracking Developmental initiatives in APC States, a publication of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF).

The report revealed that the Edo State Government recorded 17 strides in the forum’s parameters covering health, education, infrastructure, security, welfare, environment, sports, capacity building and empowerment.

Director General of the PGF, Salihu Moh. Lukman, who signed the report, said, “The entries for the edition witnessed more improvement as regards developmental strides collated from the Forum’s States in 2018-2019. The information collated was readily available on public platforms and some reported to the Secretariat.

“In general, there is an all-round increase in the pattern of initiatives introduced by the states with Edo State recording the most initiatives for this month with seventeen (17) strides, spreading across health, education, infrastructure, security, welfare, environment, sports, capacity building and empowerment.”

He said, “Lagos follows with 13; Kebbi 11; Osun, Ondo and Jigawa with 10 each; Yobe and Katsina with nine (9) each; Bauchi with eight (8); Plateau with seven (7); Kaduna, Ekiti, Borno and Adamawa with six (6) each; Ogun and Kogi with five (5) each; Nasarawa with four (4); Zamfara and Niger with three (3) each; Oyo and Imo with two initiatives each (2).”

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He said that all states in the forum were represented in the January edition of the publication, noting that 30 per cent of information are attributed to primary sources while 70 per cent were from secondary sources.

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