Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has said his victory in the September 19, 2020 gubernatorial election has strengthened the unity among the states of the South-South region.
He said this during his visit to the Akwa-Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, in Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom State.
Obaseki declared that Edo and Akwa-Ibom states share similar experience and have learnt from it, which helped in the victory in the state, adding, “We owe a responsibility to our people in the region to continue to deepen cooperation.
“Thank you for the advice, support, sacrifices and assistance you rendered to us which helped us win the election. We have moved around the sub-region to thank all the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors for all their support,” the governor added.
He assured that the governors in the South-South region would work together in resuscitating the South-South regional integration bloc of Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross-Rivers, Edo and Delta States (BRACED) Commission, adding that the region can no longer accept a situation where the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) was unable to play its role properly.
However, Special Adviser to Governor Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, denied insinuations that the governor was behind the alleged arrest of members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
He said, “The governor has nothing to do with the alleged arrest of APC members. The police are an independent institution with a clear mandate to ensure the security of life and property in the country.”
Besides, the Esan Muslim Community has congratulated Obaseki, on his re-election for another four years in office.
Chairman, Esan Muslim Community Central Mosque, Mallam Abubakar Ikhuoriah, said the overwhelming support shown at the poll showed the governor’s wide acceptability by the Edo people.
Relatedly, APC candidate in the September 19, 2020 governorship poll, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, yesterday, said he never asked Obaseki to return to the APC.
In a statement issued by his Director of Communication and Media, John Mayaki, he (Ize-Iyamu) also said he was not under pressure from leaders of the party to concede defeat.
Meanwhile, the Edo Skills Development Agency (EdoJobs) has collaborated with the Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) re/Start programme in training young school leavers and National Diploma (ND) certificate holders to launch early careers in cloud computing.
The programme is integral to the state government’s drive to upskill its youthful population to become productive, take up career opportunities and compete favourably in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
AWS re/Start Global Team Lead, Tejas Vashi, said, “The industry demand for cloud adoption is far outpacing the number of new, cloud-savvy workers, leaving organisations struggling to find and hire the talent needed to implement cloud services.”