Godwin Obaseki on Saturday in Benin took an oath of office succeeding former governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole.

Obaseki took an oath of office at about 12:30PM administered by the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Cronwel Idahosa.

Similarly, Obaseki’s Deputy, Philip Shaibu took an oath of office at about 12:00 noon, thereby succeeding Dr. Pius Odubu as the state’s new deputy governor.

Oshiomhole presented the handing over note to Obaseki on Saturday night.

Oshiomhole expressed explicit hope that Obaseki would continue with the development strides his government had achieved in the past eight years.

Among the dignitaries at the occasion were the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Gov. Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State, Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State and Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun.

Also present were business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, and the APC governorship candidate in Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu.

The ceremony also had in attendance a former military head of state, Yakubu Gowon, and ministers including that of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

Obaseki in his address, pledged to provide good leadership that would ensure improved infrastructure development, industrial growth and job creation in the state.

He added that his administration would be committed to improved welfare of the citizens.

The governor promised to complete all ongoing projects in the state and called for the support of the people to enable his administration to succeed.

He said that he will utilise the agricultural potential of the state to improve on the living standard of the people, and promised to build on the legacies of his predecessor.

“I am humbled and proud of succeeding a governor, who in the last eight years provided dedicated, fearless, inspired leadership that has transformed our state in ways people considered impossible.

Taking the reign of office from my leader and mentor, Adams Oshiomhole is an honour that I will always treasure. I will always respect and hold dear to my heart, his love, confidence, counselling and inspiration.

I want to thank you Comrade Governor, in the presence of all and before the whole world, for being the leader that you have been for the people of Edo.

I want to assure you that as we take over today from where you stopped, we have resolved to build on your legacy.

We need to strengthen and expand the infrastructure that has been established so that we can have a foundation on which to build a new Edo of our passionate dream.

We will need to build and sustain a robust human intellectual, philosophical and even metaphysical infrastructure, because without them, it is virtually impossible to attain significant progress,’’ he said.

Obaseki reaffirmed that his mission was to achieve prosperity for Edo people by progressing the work previous administrations.

According to him, as we begin our journey to build a new Edo, I want to repeat and affirm that promise; I have pledged to create 200,000 jobs in the next four years.

“We will achieve this by leveraging on our comparative advantages and our key factor endowments in production and commerce.

Our key factors will focus on commerce and agro business value chains like the entrepreneurship, investment in industries, technical and vocational skills.

We will also fill all vacancies in the civil service and optimize job creation potential in infrastructural development.

Agriculture is a major focus in our socio-economic programme because of its strategic importance in many areas, from food sufficiency to rural development, economic development, job creation and critical revenue generation.

For us, we will make agriculture a business. Many Edo people will generate wealth by keying into our value chain development of oil palm, cassava, grains, rubber, fruits and vegetables,’’ he said.

The governor thanked God “for seeing us through a very peaceful election where the will of the people prevailed’’.

By Lawrence Micheals

An incurable optimist, a writer, poet, a technopreneur in the making, a resource personnel, an event planner who is technically gifted and clinical when it matters.

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