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Don't take my tolerance for granted -- Obaseki warn Ijaws

• Releases N500m counterpart funding to access N2bn
facility
The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has called
on Ijaws of Edo State, not to take the State Government’s
tolerance for granted.
This is as he has approved N500 million counterpart funding
for the state’s SEEFOR public works programme, which will
enable it access N2bn from the World Bank for
infrastructural projects in the state
Obaseki who made the call in commemoration of the
International Day for Tolerance, marked on November 16,
each year, said the state government’s commitment to a
free society where people could express themselves freely,
must not be taken as grounds for violating the law.
“We are creating a culture that appreciates human diversity
in all its colours for a robust pool of ideas that would drive
socio-economic development at an unprecedented speed in
Edo State,” he said.
“To oppose what is cast in law by acts of illegality such as
the purported installation of one Godwin Oguyenbo, as the
“Pere of Olodiama Kingdom,” an Ijaw community in Ovia
North East Local Council Area of the state, is irresponsible
enough” he stressed.
The governor urged the few people behind the plot to beat
a retreat in the interest of the majority of Ijaw people of Edo
State, who had since expressed their willingness to abide by
only, laid down laws in the state.
“We are proud of our diversity as a state and our peaceful
coexistence, but will not tolerate acts of illegality by any
group, who for their selfish desires want to rail-road the
peace-loving Ijaw people of Edo State into a criminal
aspiration,” he warned, adding that the state government
would continue to protect all law abiding indigenes and
friends of the state.
The International Day for Tolerance was set aside by the
United Nations in its efforts at strengthening tolerance by
fostering mutual understanding among cultures and
peoples. “This imperative lies at the core of the United
Nations Charter, as well as the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights, and is more important than ever in this era
of rising and violent extremism and widening conflicts that
are characterised by a fundamental disregard for human
life,” the UN said.
The release of the counterpart funding was disclosed by
Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Hon.
Paul Ohonbamu after weekly Executive Council meeting at
the Government House, in Benin City.
He said Governor approved the release of N500 million as
counterpart funding for the Edo State SEEFOR public works
programme, adding “The sum released by the state
government is to enable her access another N2 billion from
the World Bank for the funding of infrastructure projects
across the state.”
He noted that the projects would spread across the 18
Local Government Areas of the state, stressing that the
fund would be equally distributed to impact all parts of the
state.
He added that over 10,000 youths had been trained on the
SEEFOR projects, noting that the initiative would train
technically sound workers as well as entrepreneurs, who will
contribute to the development of the state.
The government also set up a committee to look into
complaints about the activities of the Benin Electricity
Distribution Company (BEDC) across the 18 local
government areas with a view to resolving them.
The committee is to be headed by the Commissioner for
Infrastructure, Hon. Osahon Amiolemen.
Ohonbamu said EXCO has also approved the appointment
of Chief Allen Benson Odiko as village head of Akpama
(Oiemire 1 of Uneme Akpama) in North Uneme clan, Akoko-
Edo Local Government Area of Edo State.
He said the EXCO reviewed the recent Alaghodaro
Investment summit hosted by the state, commending
residents for supporting the state in its drive to industrialise
the state. According to him, “It is fulfilling to see that the
planned development of the Benin Industrial Park has
kicked-off with the groundbreaking done during the
summit.”

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