July 9, 2024

FG, APC policies rubbishing our pro-people programmes – Edo govt



By Ozioruva Aliu

BENIN CITY – THE Edo State government on Tuesday said several of its programmes and policies meant to make life better for the people of Edo State were being dwarfed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government with the sudden removal of fuel subsidy, “poorly thought-through policy to unify the exchange rate” and its inability to manage the economy in the last nine years the party has been in government.

The Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Nehikhare stated this during a press briefing where he said the state chapter of the APC was further compounding the problem with the style of opposition politics it was playing.

In a statement titled “State of the Nation Address”, Nehikhare said Despite our best efforts to mitigate the suffering that Edo people and Nigerians have been plunged into by the APC Government through increase in minimum wage, free WiFi in different parts of the State, free transport scheme that have benefited over six million Edo residents since its launch in September 2023, food palliative to millions of Edo people, free registration for pensioners into the State’s health Insurance Scheme, among others, we want to restate that the people are still going through untold hardship and this is as a result of the gross mismanagement of the economy by the APC as a government at the centre in the last nine years.

“It is on record how the haphazard withdrawal of subsidy by the APC Government on May 29, 2023 tossed the economy into chaos and pushed our people into the brink of starvation.”

Nehikhare said the federal government policies were stifling business growth in the country lamenting that Nigeria “is slowly descending back into terrorism with the rise of suicide bombing, among others.

On the back of these devastation that have been caused by the APC Government, the Party in Edo State seems to be surprisingly oblivious of this terrible situation. Just like the ostrich, they have buried their heads in the sand and have continued to gush out lies and propaganda hoping to hoodwink our people and dampen their desire to break free from the stranglehold by which the APC has shackled them for the past nine years.”

He said the APC was trying to fool the people of Edo state ahead of the governorship election just “the same way they manufactured the court papers which they used in misinforming and misleading the Edo people on the candidacy of the PDP candidate; it is the same manner in which they manufactured the crisis with the palace, all in a desperate effort to hoodwink the people and reawaken their completely comatose party in Edo State.

“But our Edo people are wiser than that. We know who our friends are and who are oppressors and cannot submit ourselves to them again to inflict the pains and sufferings of these last few years on our people the second time.”